My name is L.R. (short for Louis Ralph) and I started Rang Tang in response to a question I heard on a podcast:
“What do you want to be known for?”
I was finishing up a road trip through the Midwest and South during which I had eaten some great barbecue, so maybe some smoke had seeped into my brain…because as quick as synapses can fire, the answer came to me:
I want to feed people the most delicious brisket around.
And with that, Rang Tang was born.
Implicit in that lightning-bolt moment were two assumptions.
The first was almost a challenge: that someone (me) who has some culinary ability but zero experience smoking meat could – simply by caring a lot – produce good barbecue.
The second assumption was that I would only do this if I could serve barbecue that I would eat every day. The meat and produce would be from small, local farms where animals live idyllic lives and from the soil emerge vegetables free of unhealthy chemicals.
And that’s where we’re at today. The food Rang Tang serves is grown using practices that increase the health of the soil. This is known as “regenerative agriculture.”
When you eat a plate of food from Rang Tang Craft Barbecue you are directly contributing to a more robust food system and a healthier Earth. And you can trust that it will always be that way.
Why “Rang Tang”?
“Rang Tang Ring Toon” is a super sweet song about gathering and food (and skinny-dipping).
The first time I heard the first line – “Beans boiling in the pot” – I happened to have a pot of beans boiling in a pot on the stove. It was love at first listen.
I hope someday to thank the North Carolina group Mountain Man (comprised of three women) with some Texas- and Carolina-style barbecue. Until then I’ll be listening gratefully to their music.
Song below, let me know what you think.