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Celebrating African American Barbecue Culture And History With 'Black Smoke'

Autumn has officially begun, and that means it will soon be time to say goodbye to another barbecue season in Colorado.

But before those flames die out for the year, Colorado Edition spoke to soul food scholar, certified barbecue judge and James Beard Foundation Book Award recipient Adrian Miller. Miller's most recent book, Black Smoke, celebrates African American barbecue culture and storytelling in the U.S.

In order to get the full taste of the book, Colorado Edition's Erin O'Toole, Rae Solomon and Tess Novotny met up with Miller for lunch at Nordy's Barbecue and Grill in Loveland. Over a platter of ribs, hush puppies, cornbread and more, they discussed the origins of barbeque, and the stories of Black barbecuers who shaped the culture of barbecue in America.

As the host of KUNC’s new program and podcast In the NoCo, I work closely with our producers and reporters to bring context and diverse perspectives to the important issues of the day. Northern Colorado is such a diverse and growing region, brimming with history, culture, music, education, civic engagement, and amazing outdoor recreation. I love finding the stories and voices that reflect what makes NoCo such an extraordinary place to live.
I am the Rural and Small Communities Reporter at KUNC. That means my focus is building relationships and telling stories from under-covered pockets of Colorado.
As a producer for Colorado Edition, I pitch segment ideas, pre-interview guests, craft scripts and cut audio. I also write tweets, build web posts and occasionally host.