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What is the importance of barbecue in the African-American community?

Barbecue establishments, particularly in the South, are traditionally an important part of the black community. Most of the businesses have been small and range from roadside stands to simple shacks to sit-down restaurants. Barbecue, or the open braising of meat, is a part of the African influence on American foods. In addition to being a source of income for black people, barbecuing became a part of festivals, church activities, and private and community celebrations throughout the country.


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