Thank's DC! That's the way I have always understood it so it wasn't hard for me to grasp.
For what it's worth.......During my career and life I have, among other places, lived in GA, SC, MO, and NC. I belonged to the KCBS and also Judged at the American Royal BBQ. In BBQ terms that's a pretty good influence from/in BBQ culture. I don't say this with my chest thrown outbut having experienced almost all the schools of BBQ here in these United States I can honestly say I don't find one more appealing that the other. They all bring something different to the table and I do enjoy each and every one because of that.
I enjoy food. One of the reasons I became a Chef. And because of this enjoyment I have found that each and every form of not only BBQ Culture but cooking culture in general has something to offer the palette. If anyone posting in this thread, the forun or on the web feels that they KNOW the only true form of BBQ or cooking in general out there then change your Culinary experience to "F'n Grand Master of all things"! For me I hope I never reach that title. IMHPO There's too much to miss by thinking it's all been experienced. Have and share an opinion, technique or style. That's what it's all about. There are also more places out there that steam/boil their ribs than you will ever know. And the ironic thing is in some cases unless you know exactly what to look for in smoked meats you'll never know the difference
Rant over soap box neatly tucked under hotel bed.