food very big in the south that a lot of southerners take pride in making is southern barbeque.
OK, important distinction here. In some parts of the US (and, I would assume, the rest of the world), barbecue refers to A) anything cooked on a grill or B) anything served with tomato-based "barbecue" sauce on it.
Just to clarify, southern barbecue means
A)meat that has been slow-cooked (generally smoked) for a very long time
B)it usually is served with sauce, but the sauce varies regionally:
Carolina-style is generally vinegar based, others are tomato based. It even gets more specific than that - Columbia, SC is famous for its mustard-based sauce. The sauces usually come in varying levels of spiciness. Different areas also use different meats. I grew up on pulled (shredded) pork barbecue, some people eat only pork ribs, and in Kentucky they use a lot of lamb or mutton (or so I'm told - I hope to verify this on my next trip there).