And speaking of barbecue, the most important thing you need to know is not so much how you cook the meat but what kind of sauce you use.
True Southerners don't use anything bought at the grocery store. They make their own. Or they know someone who does. And that someone will never, ever reveal the recipe. The family will inherit it upon their demise, but until then ...
Moats IGA, in my hometown, is owned by ... well, Mr. Moats. He has a barbecue recipe that'll make ya wanna slap your mama. Whenever I go home, I make sure to take an empty catsup bottle so I can get it filled with Mr. Moats barbecue sauce. It's just that good.
I think the key to making your own barbecue sauce is to find a recipe or three (or four) and then mix and mingle. Eventually you'll find your own secret sauce recipe that you can "hog" till you die.
[I apologize for not blogging on "our story" on Friday. The child I've been writing about was missing from Wed. until Saturday. On Friday I was working hard to help find her.]
Last week's book winner is Jennie !! I'll notify you privately by email!