I loved partnering with Jason Townsend&Sons, my favorite historic clothier and provider of historic goods to produce a few videos for their wildly popular You Tube series on cooking in the 18th century, depicting the influence of enslaved Africans and African Americans in early American cuisine. We prepared these dishes out at George Mason’s Gunston Hall Plantation in Mason Neck, Virginia. We prepared two barbecue sauce recipes based on early receipts including one basic sage and red pepper mop from late 18th century Virginia and another from mid 19th century South Carolina. For those who may not get an opportunity to see me do historic cooking live will certainly enjoy this. I will put up later videos which I will post to Afroculinaria, where we will be demonstrating black eyed pea cakes!

Many thanks to Jas.Townsend&co for their generosity and kindness and for the wonderful videos they put together as well as my friends over at Gunston Hall. Many many thanks to all. If you like this post or the videos, feel free to share! Click here to learn more about early barbecue.

4 comments on “IWatch “Food of the Enslaved: Barbecue” on YouTube

  1. Danny Holwerda


    I wanna commend and thank you so much for the work you are doing to illuminate the culinary arts from the perspective of the enslaved.

    I am a fellow reenactor that focuses on the perspective of enslaved. My primary area of focus is fur trade in the Midwest. I utilize several costumes from voyager, long hunter and laborer.

    Have been working abit with period recipes and been really looking to make the reenactment experience more alive in my groups dinning experience. I plan to keep reading your blog here, would love to touch base more too. My hope would be to learn enough from you to to be able to teach on enslaved cooking and even have my groups whole 3 to 4 days events be with us fully filled with proper meals for the period.

    Thank you again for your labor. You have inspired someone today.

    From Pastor Dan H


  2. I am ever so grateful to discover your work and cannot wait to consume and digest it, so to speak. I was guessing/hoping that Kitchen Pepper (I found your work through Jas. T. & sons) was related to powder forte.


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