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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!



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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.


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

(no subject) - cuddles - Apr. 19th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC) - Expand
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!!!!
Apr. 18th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC)
Just making the point that pork is more versatile than beef.

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.
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!

(no subject) - ryl - Apr. 18th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - wander - Apr. 18th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
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...
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!

Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - alchemist - Apr. 18th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - alchemist - Apr. 19th, 2008 03:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - wander - Apr. 19th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - ryl - Apr. 19th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - wander - Apr. 21st, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - ryl - Apr. 21st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - wander - Apr. 21st, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - wander - Apr. 19th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - ryl - Apr. 19th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Only Lexington? Them's Fightin' Words - wander - Apr. 21st, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
LOL...oh you are so funny@!!!!
Apr. 21st, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'll try to do one a week now that I'm back into it again.

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.

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.

(no subject) - neversremedy - Apr. 24th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC) - Expand
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.
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.

(no subject) - brotherskeeper1 - Apr. 21st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 22nd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Yeeehaawww! Thanks fer considerin' mah question, cousin. You's good people.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
That makes mah feel all fuzzeh insad!

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Jun. 5th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Интересно читать
I wish I could read Russian, I'm sure your comment was interesting.

Re: Интересно читать - wander - Jun. 5th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Качественный блог

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