While I do agree that bbq is very important, it’s more of a topic of debate than a "value". Georgia bbq is very different than SC bbq which is very different from the 3 NC styles (eastern, western and lexington).
Values and beliefs are different. It is the bible belt. Christianity is definitely the majority. Southerners go to church every Sunday and tend to comment if you missed it.
Southern values are mostly what people call "small town" values now. Things run a little slower–no need to rush. You always help your neighbor out. Help old people cross the street. Hold the door open for women. Never wear your hat inside. Say "sir" and "ma’am" to your elders. When you go on a date, you pick a woman up at her door. You don’t sit in the car outside and honk. There are a lot of rules on how a man treats a woman. It’s rude to spit. It’s rude to curse. Beauty pagents and homecoming are revered traditions. Women are always Daddy’s Little Girl even though most of them can change their own flat tire.
The aspects of life I think are important–not being like NY. Really it’s very important that no one ever think you act like you are from NY. You act polite in public. A mother is a member of the PTA. She knows her child’s teachers, friends, and where that kid is. It is important to be strong too. Boys play outside all day long and you come in at sunset. Homecooking is very important. Everyone gathered around the table at dinner–even if you are busy, at least one day a week you have a home cooked meal and everyone sits at the table together.
Recipes passed down. Banana pudding, collards, butter, mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings.
It’s not about being Republican. Remember Dixiecrats were only in the South. But it is about small government, and being able to live off the land. Hunting and fishing.