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Barbecue Ribs

In Elvis Presley’s long-time home of Memphis, Tennessee, we head to some of the city’s most charismatic eateries – hungry for finger-lickin’ soul food fit for The King

IN SEARCH OF THE PERFECT

The Bar-B-Q Shop’s Eric Vernon

HERNANDO DE SOTO W A S a 16th-century Spanish explorer most often remembered for being the first European to discover the Mississippi River - although as Jerry Seinfeld once observed: 'Yeah, like they wouldn't have found that anyway!'

However, what's less well known about De Soto is his influence on American cuisine. When he landed at Tampa Bay in Florida in 1539 he brought with him a herd of pigs, the first time the animals had set trotter on the continent. As De S oto and his porcine entourage travelled west they encountered the traditional Native American practice of cooking meat with smoke and indirect heat, known as 'barabicu' in the language of Florida's Timucua people. De Soto died in 1542, near the banks of the Mississippi just south of modern-day Memphis, but by then the swine were thriving in their new home. Their numbers had swelled and Southern aecue had born.

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