Writer Joel Stein heads to Houston to learn how to barbecuethe manliest way to cook meat that doesn't involve mounting the animal's head on a wall.
Like most of what I do, my cooking is not manly. I fuss, apologize and occasionallyembarrassinglylook at recipes. But for the past two years, I've been trying to boost my masculinity, working on a book for which, finally, at age 39, I learn how to be a man. I've gone one round with Ultimate Fighter Randy Couture, done three days of basic training at Fort Knox, earned a badge on a Boy Scouts camping trip. But I still prepare bouillabaisse like a little girl, crying over onions and talking in French.
Video: Steven Raichlen's Barbecued Ribs