- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A sociologist who’s also written a book about North Carolina barbecue will speak on the subject as part of the annual Friends of the Archive meeting.

John Shelton Reed will speak Monday afternoon in the Archives and History building in downtown Raleigh. The event is free. Reed will explore the history of barbecue from the 1600s to the present.

Reed wrote “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue” and is the founder of Truecue.org, an organization that promotes wood-cooked barbecue.

Reed notes that the vinegar-pepper barbecue sauce of eastern North Carolina reflects a Caribbean influence, while the vinegar-ketchup sauce of the western part of the state has Germanic roots.

The Pit restaurant in Raleigh will provide samples of the vinegar-based type.

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