Juneteenth is a Federal Holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. It’s observed on June 19, the day news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, in 1865. Food is central to the celebration of Juneteenth. In the groundbreaking book by Bryant Terry, Black Food, essayist Micheal Twitty succinctly writes, “We practiced culinary jazz and improvised, drawing on things we had always done since time began, classical things, endemic to Africa and things we composed with others in mind and creative flourishes dreamed up in the void… no matter where we go, the footsteps will keep coming with creative fire, the character of tradition and sense of the cool that made for food tradition armed with a sense of empowerment and renewal that make for fertile grounds for the footsteps of the children of Africa to come.”
Fried Chicken Recipe
To a large bowl, add chicken, buttermilk, hot sauce, and all the seasoning and let marinate for at least four hours but up to 24.
Remove chicken and let excess marinade rip off but do not pat dry.
Add the same seasonings to flour in a ziplock bag, put the chicken in, and shake. Remove chicken from flour, shake off excess flour, and add to cooking oil at 345 degrees.
Cook for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. If you’re not sure, use a thermometer.