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.
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.