While other college boys are slogging through macroeconomics or Immanuel Kant’s “Critique of Pure Reason,” these four students at Birmingham-Southern College are traveling around the South in a Ford with a pig snout on its grille and snarfing up barbecue.
It seems the college has a 4-1-4 yearly schedule, so the BBQ boys talked the college administration into letting them pursue porcine pleasures for their winter study month. Of course, they’re not merely stuffing their faces but rather “focusing on the cultural origins, differences in style, and significance of Southern pork barbecue through an 17-day tour of southeastern barbecue establishments.” All this will end up in a pile of individual research papers, to be submitted at the end of term, presumably with Wet-Naps.
The boys — Jeff, Will, Art and Matt — will stop in northern Georgia on January 18-20 to try three famous old-timers: Fresh Air Bar-B-Que in Athens, Old Clinton Bar-B-Q in Macon and Sprayberry’s in Newnan (that Lewis Grizzard recommendation still gets traction).
They’re also going to try one newcomer: Weezy’s Movin’ On Up Cafe Jazz & BBQ in Johns Creek, which is owned by Sanford Sanford — the son of Isabel Sanford who portrayed Louise “Weezy Jefferson. Why? Because it sounds original, and it’s close to Will’s folks’ home.
(Have you heard the theme music in a while?)