There are many versions of how barbecue got its start and by whom. Each version has its own particular story on who started it and why it is still around. But one thing that is agreed on is African Americans had much to do with the origin and survival of barbecuing. In the South, where slavery was prevalent and flourishing, many slaves escaped the plantation and were accepted by the Native Americans. The Seminoles of Florida cooked their meat over hot coals slowly until it was tender and succulent. These former slaves adapted this method and perfected it into what we today call barbeque. These enterprising Americans operated barbecue stands in their communities and kept this food style alive.
John Henry is known nationally and internationally for his culinary expertise. In 1989, John was asked to personally handle the presidential inaugural dinner. He put together a team of 19 chefs that traveled to Washington and prepared barbecue for President Bush along with 20,000 guests attending the celebration. Later John was asked to accompany the president to Bejing China and prepare his Barbecue.
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