Secretary of BBQ? We aren't ribbing

Sure, Florida may be perceived as a crime-riddled tourist hellhole or a dreary refuge for the perky 72-and-up set.

Sure, Florida may be perceived as a crime-riddled tourist hellhole or a dreary refuge for the perky 72-and-up set. But who needs a positive state image when you've got a juicy slab of BBQ ribs on your plate?

That seems to be the thinking behind Florida's House Bill 1737, which calls for the creation of a new cabinet post: Secretary of BBQ. If the bill passes muster, the appointee would be responsible for promoting the enjoyment of BBQ and BBQ culture.

'I am very serious,' said Republican state Rep. George Albright, who proposed the idea. 'BBQ is big business in this state.' Just as it is in Albright's life: he co-owns two BBQ restaurants.

If the measure is enacted, the Secretary of BBQ will serve an unpaid one-year term. No word on whether bibs will be provided at the state's expense.

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