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Barbecue is Not Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Barbecue is a process of cooking meats at very low temperatures for a very long time. It is not grilling hot dogs and hamburgers. McDonalds is not a barbecue restaurant. Coney Island, not famous for bbq.

So next time you invite me, which after this post will probably be never, to a barbecue, please serve barbecue. If you are “grilling out” that’s fine but tell me and my taste buds before I get there. I don’t want to get all excited over the expectation of brisket or pork shoulder, possibly wings, to sit down to a beef patty on bread. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just not barbecue.

pork shoulder barbecue

Barbecued Pork

grilled hamburgers on grill

Hamburgers….not barbecue

hickory smoked barbecue beef brisket

Hickory Smoked brisket after 12 hours at 225 degrees. Definitely barbecue

bacon wrapped hot dogs and tater tots

Very Good Hot Dogs wrapped in Bacon but still not Barbecue

I know I sound like a food snob. I assure you I am not. I love a good hamburger on a plump Kaiser roll smothered in condiments like ketchup, mustard, relish and then topped with melted cheese. I never go to a NASCAR race or a ball game where I don’t order a couple of hot dogs. It’s tradition.

But when it comes to barbecue, I do prefer it to be barbecue. Grilling is hot and fast and barbecue is low and slow. So please, I am begging you, do not false advertise your next cook out.

Me and my taste buds thank you.



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