The Guardian: Whites Stole Barbecue from Native Americans and Africans

To celebrate July 4, the Guardian published an article to tell the people of America that one of their favorite ways of cooking, barbecue, was stolen from enslaved Africans and Native Americans.

The article is titled, “Barbecue is an American tradition – of enslaved Africans and Native Americans” and was written by Michael Twitty, who calls himself a culinary historian.

“The traditional holiday cookout has its roots in the cooperation between black and indigenous peoples struggling to get or keep their freedom from colonialists,” Twitty’s secondary headline reads.

“If America is about people creating new worlds based on rebellion against oppression and slavery,” he writes, “then barbecue is the ideal dish: it was made by enslaved Africans with inspiration and contributions from Native Americans struggling to maintain their independence.”
However, according to Twitty, Europeans took the credit from Africans: “The common cultural narrative of barbecue, however, exclusively assigns its origins to Native Americans and Europeans… Some American barbecue masters have taken to attributing the innovation of barbecue to their German and Czech ancestors.”

The truth is, however, “Enslaved Africans and Native Americans had a lot in common, culinarily-speaking: they had been cooking and eating in similar ways. despite [sic] an ocean between their civilizations. It only makes sense that, when their foodways, crops, cooking methods and systems of preservation, hunting, fishing and food storage collided, that there would be deep similarities and convergences of technique, method and skill.”

That led to barbecue. And in the Americans, “enslaved men became barbecue’s master chefs.” If indeed whites added anything to barbecue, they just “added to a base created by black hands forged in the crucible of slavery.”

Twitty concludes, “Barbecue is laced with the aspiration of freedom, but it was seasoned and flavored by the people who could not enjoy any freedom on Independence Day for almost a century.”


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  1. yeah, right, all those cavemen were cooking inside on a microwave…and as I recall there are many "BBQs" mentioned in the Bible where they brought the best fatted calf .. the guardian is a rag.

  2. What a moronic article. You can't STEAL a cooking method. So Americans found a bunch of Africans BBQing and slaughtered them and proclaimed they started the craze? The wording was chosen to incite. Well, Buddy. Ya did.

    And did Middle Easterners steal it, too? Puh-lease!

    The cooking method was copied or adopted. Stolen?


  3. Also, the white man stole the idea of fertilizing food crops from the American Indians. Oh, and also stole corn, beans, pumpkins, tobacco, chocolate and coffee too! Those bastards!

    Still, were just white MEN responsible for all of this reprehensible thievery, or were some of the white WOMEN culpable as well? Or MAYBE the white women where the good guys (guyettes?) and tried to STOP the white men from such egregious stealing. Nope, sorry to say, I bet the white women were just as eeeeviiiiil as the white man.

  4. Easy solution, join my twitter account: #give back the bar-b-q………….There, that should solve everything