When it comes to food, Baltimore is a primal city. We're talking about a place where many are content to spend a Saturday night sitting at a picnic table tearing apart hot crabs with bare hands, tossing aside the guts and devouring the rest.
Obviously, we're not afraid to get our hands dirty.
So it was only a matter of time before Baltimore got serious about another kind of feast that requires some finger work: barbecue.
There are few other foods so disputed and so proprietary. By all accounts, barbecue is defined by slow-cooking meat over an open pit or flame. Beyond that, what's on the grill can vary vastly. In Texas, it's all about beef — brisket in particular reigns....