Scenes from the People’s Glorious Revolutionary Crusade Against Decadent BBQ Smoke!

Alternate title: …Geez.  White people. Except, I don’t know if the Florida woman who enlisted county government in her ongoing neighborhood feud is white. One mustn’t stereotype. But my unabashedly knee-jerk sympathies aren’t with her:

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Made a half-decent BBQ sauce for the first time today.

Very basic stuff: cup of apple cider vinegar, half-cup of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, salt, butter, smoked paprika, and some chili powder. Simmered it in a saucepan for a couple of hours and poured it over the slow-cooked chicken. Worked out pretty good; I am starting to delude myself that I maybe know how to cook things.

Yes, you may take this as an invitation to start a BBQ War in comments. But, to quote Bob Heinlein: if any ears are ripped off you will be required to give them back at the end of the fight.

Today is Bacon Day.

(Via Instapundit) According to the Iowa state legislature, that is.  Which is no doubt a distraction from the business of the state legislature; but dammit, it’s bacon.  Seriously, can anybody argue with any of this?

WHEREAS, the people of Maine have lobster, the people of Idaho grow great potatoes, and the folks of Texas make great chili, we Iowans have bacon —— nature’s perfect food; and

WHEREAS, whether plain or apple-wood smoked, whether store-bought or artisan-made, bacon is a meat for any meal; and

WHEREAS, as America’s top pork producer, Iowa stands tall as the nation’s source of high-quality bacon…

Well. OK. People are going to argue about the chili. I’m very ecumenical about chili, myself – but that just means that nobody trusts me in either this or the BBQ wars…

Moe Lane

I don’t really get this regional BBQ rivalry thing.

I know that this is going to be rank heresy and everything, but speaking as somebody who doesn’t actually come from a region with a BBQ tradition… it all tastes about the same to me.  Chili, too.

There.  I said it.  I was tired of living the lie.

Moe Lane

PS: Look, I’ll happily eat both BBQ and chili until I burst. But I’m not detecting the variations that I’m apparently supposed to be experiencing, here.

PPS: All that being said; suggestions for good BBQ and chili cookbooks welcome.