9. Different denominations think differently
Protestants and Catholics, Texans and whatever the hell you call people from Tennessee; there are serious distinctions in schools of thought in the realms of religion and barbecue. Some worship at the temple of the pig (Tennessee), while others won't even touch swine (Texans, Muslims).
10. You're taught to respect your elders
Although it isn't written in stone, there are few food traditions as reverent of older generations as barbecue.
11. Animal sacrifice is routine
Sacrificial lamb can really benefit from a nice mesquite smoke.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. He more often associates low and slow heat with heaven rather than hell. Follow him to angelic smoked meats at @Dannosphere.