Author Profile

Robert F. Moss

Robert F. Moss is the Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living magazine, Restaurant Critic for the Post & Courier, and the author of numerous books on Southern food and drink, including The Lost Southern Chefs, Barbecue: The History of an American Institution, Southern Spirits: 400 Years of Drinking in the American South, and Barbecue Lovers: The Carolinas. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Stories by Robert F. Moss

Keeping Busy

Southern Living's Top 50 BBQ Joints Is Out!

The True Story of Hushpuppies, a Genuine Carolina Treat

No barking dogs required

June Media Appearances

Announcing the BBQ Hall of Fame 2023 Nominees

Barburgers & Toasted Ravioli

BBQ Bests, Grievances, and 20 Years of FIG

New Reviews: Husk and Vern’s

The Headline Story

Those damned foodies are at it again

Perhaps You Would Like to Read a Restaurant Review Today?

I've got a new gig

Rediscovering the Lost Southern Chefs

The Forgotten Story of Southern Restaurants and Commercial Dining

Introducing the Southeastern Dispatch

Chronicling the Dynamic Food and Beverage Scene in the Carolinas

Happy Bear Day

The Original February 2nd Holiday

The Sauce That Barbecue Lost

Long Before Mississippi's Tangy Orange Condiment, Comeback Sauce Was For Barbecue

The Top 10 Colleges in the South (BBQ Edition)

Advice for Youth

Lies, Damn Lies, and Pork Steaks

It's All Out War, and the Bots Are Winning

Still Waiting for the Robot Apocalypse

It really is a question of whether, not when

Barbecue History: Revised & Expanded

A new second edition of Barbecue: The History of An American Institution is on its way

A Brief History of Labor Day Barbecues

From Union Parades to Backyard Grills

How Bourbon Really Got Its Name

Sometimes the Simplest Explanation is Right

The Story of Hash & Rice

How a hearty, gravy-like stew became an iconic South Carolina BBQ side dish — and perhaps birthed Georgia's Brunswick stew?

Fourth of July Barbecues

The story of an enduring American tradition

The Unexpurgated History of Pork Steaks

Or, Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Believe Food History on Wikipedia

Juneteenth & Emancipation Day Barbecues

The Story of Emancipation Day Celebrations