Social media users were not kind to a claim by a Vice News-affiliated food website that barbecue from Brooklyn was "taking over the world."
The controversy first arose on Sunday when the website tweeted an article denoting the culinary influences that Brooklyn has made to the world of barbecue. The author, Nicholas Gill, attempts to understand why the barbecue style created and adapted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is spreading to remote areas of the globe, while the more fabled variations from the southern United States have not.
"The barbecue being assimilated in places like Colombia, Spain, Panama, Sweden, England, and Japan (and even other parts of the US) is not the killer ‘cue from fabled Texas BBQ cities like Lockhart or Austin. Or even the pork-centric versions with sauce in the southeast," Gill wrote. "It's an adapted form of Southern barbecue from Brooklyn. And it all looks like it came straight out of Williamsburg"
— MUNCHIES (@munchies) March 4, 2018
"It really doesn't matter where the hell I go now," Gills wrote. "There's a barbecue restaurant that reminds me of North Brooklyn."
As one can imagine, Twitter users were not kind to the assertion that Brooklyn had anything to teach Kansas City, North Carolina, or Texas about barbeque.
The phrase "Brooklyn barbecue" evokes a rat who tried to cross the third rail. https://t.co/tAR2nnuHIM
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) March 5, 2018
Hey Brooklyn, Lunchables doesn’t constitute "barbecue." Bless your little hearts. https://t.co/ZFJmtgne5z
— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) March 4, 2018
why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? pic.twitter.com/I8XgpbwRAv
— Adrian Crawford (@Crawf33) March 4, 2018
this looks like a party where everyone just stands around awkwardly and talks to the person they came withhttps://t.co/8ndMCWJfb7
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) March 4, 2018
That looks like the kind of meal that gets slid under the door in a prison TV show.
— John Epler (@eplerjc) March 4, 2018
Why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? pic.twitter.com/cJKq6LvgJl
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) March 4, 2018
If you live in Brooklyn I think you owe the entire country an apology for that Brooklyn BBQ story.
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) March 4, 2018
About to dive into some world famous Brooklyn BBQ. Feel bad for everyone that thinks they have real BBQ pic.twitter.com/p8shaolx6U
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 4, 2018
Brooklyn BBQ was even able to form a rare bipartisan consensus, as elected officials from the left and the right joined together in derision of the concept.
Fake news https://t.co/96lLbgwkxo
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) March 4, 2018
Brooklyn this y’all? That ain’t barbecue and those rolls are sad. https://t.co/jtUltSf3zX
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) March 4, 2018
Bless your hearts. https://t.co/TqcmuTA05j
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 4, 2018