Mmmm….barbecue… February 24, 2011Posted by Matt in food, friends.
Tags: barbecue, Episcopal priest, free stuff is awesome
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A Heretic and a Priest walk into a barbecue joint in North Mississippi…
Yeah, that might sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but it really was what I did for lunch today. We had great conversation – it’s so great to find someone else on the same theological page – and excellent food, which was then topped off by a free plate of rib tips.
I’m not sure if the free food was due to the fact that my friend was still wearing his collar and the owner wanted Patrick to put in a good word for him or if he really was concerned that the first batch didn’t turn out as good as he thought they should. Either way, I’m not complaining.
Now I just need to stay awake for the rest of the afternoon…and maybe get my friend to absolve me of the sin of gluttony…
Barbecue: A Memphis Tradition May 14, 2009Posted by Matt in food, Memphis.
Tags: barbecue, Central Barbecue, Corky's, Memphis, Memphis in May, Redezvous, ribs
You could easily fill out a long list of great things about our home city, Memphis. It has a remarkable history in the civil rights struggle, a music pedigree that no other city in America can match (because Elvis really is king, right?), great people, and, of course, there is the barbecue. Sure, I know that there are other regional delights around the nation involving pork products (beef barbecue is blasphemy), but in my biased opinion none can hold a candle to the dry-rubbed delicacies found here in the Bluff City.
Annually, as part of its Memphis in May celebration, the city hosts one of its biggest events of the year, the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest, where teams from literally around the world converge in Tom Lee Park to have their wares tasted and judged by a panel of experts. It is a really big deal, believe me.
I thought about this today because our local paper, the Commerical Appeal, ran an article about one of our neighbors who competes in the event each year. Regrettably, I don’t know him that well outside of the occasional wave and “How’s it going?” so I can’t hope for a taste-testing spot in his tent or anything. Somehow, despite living in the area for five years now, I’ve never had the opportunity to visit the competition, so one of these days I hope to remedy that.
One thing you will quickly notice driving around Memphis is the vast number of barbecue restaurants adorning nearly every street corner, leaving the uninitiated visitor perplexed as to which eatery they should try. If that is the case, have no fear for your friends at Words of Wisdom are here to guide you.
When it comes to barbecue in Memphis, the first spot that everyone first points to is Rendezvous, the world-famous eatery tucked away in a downtown alley that can easily be overlooked. I’ll be the first to say that their ribs, which are regarded by many to be the quintessential Memphis barbecue staple, are excellent, but at the same time the restaurant is quite pricey and usually very crowded with tourists.
Corky’s is great as well, but its east Memphis location is a bit out of the way. Their award-winning ribs are affordable and it is usually not overcrowded, but the inconvenient location and lack of parking can put a damper on things.
My personal favorite place for pork barbecue is Central Barbecue in the midtown section of the city. Not only do I think they have some of the best ribs around, their prices are very affordable and their Central Avenue location is easily accessible. Given the choice, this is where I go for great Bluff City barbecue.
What about you? Where do you choose to go for barbecue?
The BBQ Holy Grail January 29, 2009Posted by Matt in random.
Tags: bacon, bacon explosion, barbecue, cardiac arrest, sausage
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It may have just been found. Now, this holy grail is not some chalice bestowing eternal life on those who drink from it, no, it is nothing of the sort. Rather than an everlasting mortal existence, this gift from above will most likely put you at higher risk for cardiac arrest, but it may just be worth it.
Yes, the object of our culinary desire may have finally reached the light of day. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bacon Explosion.
According to this article from the New York Times, Bacon Explosion consists of “two pounds of bacon woven through and around two pounds of sausage and slathered in barbecue sauce.” This 5,000+ calorie bohemoth is then smoked to artery-clogging perfection.
You can get the actual recipe here, but when I tried to connect it was overloaded with visitors.
Happy barbecuing. Just make sure you have the number of a cardiologist close at hand.
Presidential Barbecue July 2, 2008Posted by Matt in President 2008.
Tags: barbecue, McCain, Obama
Just when you start to think the American public has been bombarded with more than enough meaningless polls, even more seem to emerge. Today’s poll comes from an article that I read on Yahoo today –
According to this particular survey, the majority of the American people would rather invite my man Obama over than McCain, 52% to 45%. Minorities, young people, and women constituted those who chose Obama, while older white people chose McCain. What would you choose? Would you rather party with Obama or eat by 4:00pm and play bridge until dark with McCain?