By now, you’ve probably seen the video of South Koreans eating American BBQ. Well, there’s a new viral video sensation that sees North Koreans try American BBQ for the first time.
In the video, four North Korean refugees get their first taste of expertly prepared American barbecue from four different regions: Texas, Alabama, Kansas City and North Carolina. Not only have they never tried the American treasure, many North Koreans rarely eat a properly prepared meat at all.
The cultural differences extend far beyond the meat, too. One woman explains how in North Korea, they were taught that “American bastards” use these things called a fork. But in their language, they used a derogatory term to describe the fork. The word they use describes a tool used for picking up cow manure.
Now, they couldn’t bring the refugees to the states for the video, but they did the next best thing. They brought the states to them. Representatives from Asheville, N.C.’s 12 Bones flew over to help with the video. Additionally, they brought in different BBQ sauces from four famous restaurants: Rudy’s in Texas, Lawler’s in Alabama, Gates from Kansas City and 12 Bones from North Carolina. Funny enough, they described Rudy’s sauce as one that “even Texans like.”
There are vast differences between North and South Korea. For instance, they eat dog meat in North Korea because it’s one of the few meats available to them. Obviously, the thought appalls most others, even just a few hundred miles to the south. And if you kill a cow, the authorities may kill you. In North Korea, cows are tools, not food.
So, the Koreans start with a familiar meat in pulled pork. The reactions are certainly telling. But when they get to the brisket, they learn what Texans already know: beef is king.
In one particularly funny segment, the host explains why Rudy’s bottle of sauce is bigger than the others. “Everything is bigger in Texas,” he says. Nailed it.
By the time they get through the sausage, ribs and other American delicacies, you’ll have a new appreciation for what we often take for granted. These videos aren’t just fun to watch for Americans. They’re culturally valuable. And they put things in perspective for us over here in the states.
But still, they should really get their hands on some Franklins…