Community 'Cue: An American Tradition

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The most important thing Robb Walsh realized in his travels is that he was looking for the wellsprings of American barbecue in the wrong places. The purpose of a barbecue restaurant is to make a profit, not to preserve culinary traditions. Restaurants aren't where American barbecue came from. In fact, the tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas predates the Civil War. Read more in this week's cover story, "Community 'Cue." PHOTOS BY 1-7 COURTESY ROBB WALSH. PHOTOS 8-41 BY ERIC SAUSEDA