Why Juneteenth Food Traditions Include Hot Links, Red Drinks and Dishes

Juneteenth is now recognized as a federal holiday. Nerissa Knight a Texas native takes us to Two Podners should restaurant in Dallas to explain why barbeque and red pop are used to commemorate Freedom Day. In earlier celebrations, former slaves would dress in red and ate food out of large BBQ pits or that traveled well.

Throughout history, crimson cuisine including red velvet cake, strawberry lemonade, red beans and rice became foods of tradition to mark the day. According to historians, the significance of the color red comes from African culture as a symbolism of sacrifice. It was something that slaves brought to America with them.

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