Author Profile

Robert F. Moss

Robert F. Moss is the founder and publisher of The Southeastern Dispatch as well as the Contributing Barbecue Editor for Southern Living magazine and the author of numerous books on Southern food and drink, including 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

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

McCrady's, Million, and the Age of Anxiety

Use the right fork and try not to look cheap!

Hear Me On the BBQ Beat

Talking BBQ history, current trends, meat prices, and more

Talking Barbecue on Barbecue Nation

Radio days

Meet me in Columbia (Updated)

Sampling South Carolina Barbecue History

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The Lost Jokes of Robert F. Moss

I crack myself up

The 18th Dish of the 2010's

More good food in more places

October Roundup

Aussie 'Cue, Delaney Oyster House, and the Tale of Two Stew Pots

The Hummingbird Ice Cream Cone

Finishing Strong at at Delaney Oyster House

A Stack of Tomato Sandwiches, Boiled Peanuts & White Burgundy

Talking Boiled Peanut History with Rachel Belle

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Historic Cookbooks - A Checklist

A list of old American cookery books, including links to online versions.