Image Source: The Robinson Family
The co-founder of Cozy Corner in Memphis, 83-year-old Desiree Robinson opened the restaurant in 1977 with her late husband, Raymond Robinson. She still serves their dry rub ribs, Cornish hens, and bologna sandwiches to this day. Desiree is quick to credit Raymond for the recipes, but she has been instrumental in working the pits and sustaining the restaurant's success. Robinson is the first Black woman and first living Black person to receive the Barbecue Hall of Fame award. Congrats Desiree!
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Don't want to wait in line? Celebrated Austin pitmaster Aaron Franklin will now ship his famous smoked brisket to your door. Each order includes five pounds of smoked Black Angus beef along with a 15-ounce bottle of Texas BBQ sauce. The cooked brisket comes vacuum packed and can be kept refrigerated for about a week or frozen for months. Just reheat and slice. And pull out your wallet. Each order costs $250. At least shipping is free.
Image Source: Campaign For Real Barbecue
In 2013, the “Campaign for Real Barbecue” began certifying barbecue restaurants that cook entirely with wood or charcoal as opposed to gas or electricity. Active in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, the Campaign recently announced its expansion north into the Virginia and Washington D.C. metro area. Co-founded by barbecue authorities Dan Levine and John Shelton Reed, the Campaign explains all certification criteria and lists all certified barbecue restaurants on its website.