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Ask a Redneck. Season 2 Episode 1



Yes, it's the triumphant return of Ask a Redneck. Sorry it took so long. The resident redneck has been very busy this past year. Plus there was the writer's strike.

Today's question comes to us from Luke in Mt. Olive, NC. Mt. Olive is home of the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, a long standing redneck family business. Vlassic has nothing on these guys.

Luke asks, "Dear Redneck, pork or beef?"

Well Luke, that's not an easy question to answer. Lots of variables to consider. If y'all wanna know what I'd rather throw on the grill in the summer, steak beats a pork chop no question. But then there's baby back ribs slathered in BBQ sauce and served with a cold Pabst Blue Ribbon. See what I mean? Lots of variables.

On the other hand, maybe yer asking me about BBQ. If y'all ever been to Lexington, NC, you know there is nothin' finer than the chopped pork BBQ plate an' a pitcher o' sweet tea at Speedy's BBQ. And who could forget the Hog Rock Cafe out on the Rt 64 bypass. They got sued by both the Hard Rock Cafe and by Gallo Wines because their slogan used to be, "We will sell no swine before it's time!" Some people just cain't take a joke. As far as I know, only people from Texas think beef makes good BBQ.

Lookin' at the problem objectively though, I gotta say pork is far more versatile than beef. You can just plain use more parts of the pig than the cow. Lets consider fer a second what parts of the cow might could be used fer food.



Basically you have the shoulders back to the butt and the tops of the legs. A bunch o' stuff gets wasted. Oh sure, some folks will argue that you can eat the brains but really, who wants to eat head cheese. Even the name sounds nasty. "Want some toe jam to go with that head cheese?" An' liver? OK, I gotta admit that a plate of liver and onions is good on occasion but a big honkin sack of deep fried chicken livers beats beef liver any day. The yield of usable parts of a USDA Choice cow is a about 70% take-home meat and "variety" meat including liver, heart, tongue, tripe, sweetbreads and brains. That drops down to 62% for less than Choice beef.

Pig parts have all-around more uses.



In addition to the various steaks, ribs, and roasts you also got the hind feet. Pigs feet and collared greens is just plain good eatin! None better ever! Then there's bacon. Bacon goes good with everything. As that good ole boy Emeril Lagasse says, "Pork fat rules!" One of the most expensive cuts of beef is cooked with a piece of bacon wrapped around it for flavoring. To me that says it all right there. Just yer average run-o'-the mill pig will give you 73.6% yield of usable meat skin fat and bone. With pigs, you can eat the skin too. I'll never forget driving through the wilds of Cooleemee, NC and seeing a roadside stand with fresh, hot pork rinds. I pretty much consider pork rinds a heart attack waiting to happen but at least they don't have any cholesterol. And fat back is great with black-eyed peas. You can even eat the small intestines. Folks back home call them chitlins. Battered and fried they make a hell of an appetizer. And have you ever heard of Mad Pig Disease? Me either.

Plus pork costs less than beef and since most of us don't have a huge pile of money sitting around to buy food with. Pork is just more economicable (yes, that's a word).

But in the end, it comes down to what yer hungry for. If yer grillin', save a place at the table for me.

Thanks for the question Luke. For yer participation you win a year's supply of Korn Top bacon from Bartlow Brothers Pork Processing Plat in sunny downtown Rushville, IL.




Bye y'all!

Wander

Comments

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cuddles
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
There has never been, and there probably never will be a time when I'm sitting down to some BBQ that if you'd walked up and offered me a nice steak I wouldn't have taken it. Come think of it this post got me wanting a steak.

Later

Cuddles
wander
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. Especially if someone else has paid for it.

W
cuddles
Apr. 19th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
Like I always say man "Only thing better than steak is FREE steak."

Later

Cuddles
redsgoddes
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
OMFG! you're killin me here!!!!

Us city girls like fine USDA GRADE A #1 MEAT! as long as it's got a little life in it.. put it on a plate and serve it up!!!!
wander
Apr. 18th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Just making the point that pork is more versatile than beef.

W
ryl
Apr. 18th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
You know what's even better than beef with bacon wrapped around it? Shrimp with bacon wrapped around it.
wander
Apr. 18th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Proving even more how versatile pork is. You'd never wrap a piece of steak around a shrimp!

W
ryl
Apr. 18th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with redneckery, but you might enjoy today's Cute Overload pic. The rare bird baroo caught on film.
wander
Apr. 18th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahah!
alchemist
Apr. 18th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
You know, you need to get out a bit more often. Lexington has good BBQ, but for the real stuff you need to head Down East. That's where real NC BBQ comes from.


I'll have to introduce you to Ole Time BBQ between Raleigh and Cary to show you that the western stuff is by far inferior to the eastern...
wander
Apr. 18th, 2008 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
When you live as far from NC as I do. any NC BBQ is good. I just used to live in Lexington so I'm partial. I'd love to sample some from other parts of the state too. You guys are not exactly down east though. My folks live in Morehead City. That's down east.

when we lived on Cherry Point in the 70's, we used to have pig pickins all the time. Now that's some good eatin!

W
alchemist
Apr. 18th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
Well, Jerry (the owner and cook) at Ole Time is from Snow Hill, and doesn't get too much Down East than that!

We're already planning a pig pickin' for this summer. Got some Yankee relatives that have moved down, and it's time to introduce them to proper southern traditions.
beautyofgrey
Apr. 19th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
BBQ in Cary? *scoffs* That's not the real stuff. If you want to head Down East, head DOWN EAST. Try some Wayne County Wilbur's BBQ.

alchemist
Apr. 19th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
I dare you to go over to Ole Time and say that to Jerry's face... *grin*

(He's from Snow Hill and uses his grand-pappy's methods & recipe. Snow Hill is pretty damn Down East...)
wander
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
When I think BBQ, I think NC that's all there is to it. I'm sure other people have thought of it before me but I could spend and entire vacation in NC just checking out the regional differences in pork BBQ.

W
ryl
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
I'm farther east than Snow Hill. But their barbecue has infiltrated all surrounding counties.

Snow Hill wins the Down East BBQ Contest!
wander
Apr. 21st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
I've found that good BBQ in NC pretty much ends when you hit the actual coastal towns. You stop worrying about pork when you can get some good seafood.

W
ryl
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
Greenville's the last bastion of barbecue. Once you get east of here it's all seafood.

Okay, now I want deviled crab. I blame you for this.
wander
Apr. 21st, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
I promise to take you for good seafood next time I'm there.

W
wander
Apr. 19th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
I fully expect to be taken to all these places now Y'all. First time we met, Miss ryl took me to a BBQ in China Grove.

W
ryl
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
With a mechanical pig and a disapproving waitress staring us down.

Ah, friendly China Grove natives.

(I live down the road from a BBQ place that I've never been to. Broke down in the parking lot once, but I've never eaten there. Way too popular. You have to get there at 10 a.m. if you want to get in and out in less than half an hour. They only do take-out.)
wander
Apr. 21st, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words
I think I need to spend a week touring NC BBQ joints and write an article for Souther Living or something like that.

W
celestialmarvel
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
LOL...oh you are so funny@!!!!
wander
Apr. 21st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'll try to do one a week now that I'm back into it again.

W
neversremedy
Apr. 19th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
What amuses me most is that right below this post on my friends list is a recipe for vegan pot pie. ^_^ Next time you're in town, you're coming with me to Casper's for some fried gator.

wander
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
There are a couple people on my FL that were former lovers and it never fails that one will post right after the other. I always think that's hilarious. I'd love fried gator, that would be cool. It may be this year that I get back out there again. I was planning a May trip but a sharp spike in air ticket prices may force me to go later.

W
neversremedy
Apr. 24th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Just let me know in advance when you might be in town, and I'll make some room in my oh-so-busy-schedule ;) to see you!

*hugs*

Mmm ... gator ... I might just have to stop and get some this weekend.
brotherskeeper1
Apr. 20th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I asked you long ago why Rednecks always drive pickup trucks. Unfortunately my question went unanswered as you stopped the Redneck posting. And so, I ask again for this info.

Also, I'm a woman and I only drive a pickup, upgrade from SUV. Is this a fashion statement? I really do need it for living out here in the rural area.
wander
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
It's always been my intent to answer all the questions I was asked. I have a list of them. I was thinking about yours over the weekend so it will probably be the next one for this week. I've noticed women who drive pickups seem to take a lot more pride in the appearance of their trucks. I guess transportation imitates life in that regard. Most men see them as transportation and a means to haul things. They don't have to look pretty.

W
brotherskeeper1
Apr. 21st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Hi, W :) Well, I do take pride in my truck and I do have frequent need to haul tree limbs that have fallen and been cut, plus trips to the Feed and Seed. I to have a bedliner to protect against scratches and rusting.

So think of me as within the context of a country woman who needs to get things done.

Thanks and peace to you and yours! Looking forward to an official post soon :)
dragoneerl
Apr. 22nd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Yeeehaawww! Thanks fer considerin' mah question, cousin. You's good people.
wander
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
That makes mah feel all fuzzeh insad!

W
coveneyudoj
Jun. 4th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
Интересно читать
Премного благодарен, что просветили.
wander
Jun. 5th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Интересно читать
I wish I could read Russian, I'm sure your comment was interesting.

W
wander
Jun. 5th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Интересно читать
The above text was meant to be humorous.

W
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wander
Feb. 21st, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Качественный блог
Спасибо!

W
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