9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

We had a moment of revelation roughly ten years ago when we were interviewing George Archibald of Archibald’s Barbecue in Northport, Alabama. Mr George was happy to divulge his secrets as an old sage in the game who knew that no matter how profound the advice was the pupil would invariably do it his own way and summarily fuck it up.

Then he told us that he gets his pork butts off the fire at around the three hour mark. We were blown away and immediately drove home to Texas to take a crack at hot and fast. It works.

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