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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Why You Should Barbecue

Allow me to get philosophical here...

Barbecue is a really difficult art to pin down.  Then again, every art is a difficult art to pin down.  The problem with not pinning down barbecue the first time is that it can result in a ruined dinner.  I think that's why people don't want to barbecue.

It's a time consuming hobby too.  Some barbecue takes all day.  Is that how you want to spend your weekend?

Well, for me, hell yeah!  Sitting outside with the smell of wood smoke, having beer with my friends, listening to music, cooking up some tasty sides, then dining on delicious smokey meat... I really can't imagine what could possibly be better, other than a trip to the puppies and candy and fireworks factory.

It's not only a hobby, it's a hobby with purpose.  You need to eat.  All cooking allows you not only to rationalize the result of your hobby, because you're gaining sustenance, but allows you to control what goes into what you're eating.  Granted, we love to eat out, but we never really know what's in the food; how much salt, how much butter, how the sanitary conditions are behind the scenes.  Not that barbecue is typically incredibly healthy, but it sure can be if you want it to be.

Barbecue not only lends the ability for creative expression, but it brings about camaraderie and conversation.  It also, of course, hearkens a sort of primal instinct that we all innately harbor.  Live fire cooking is the oldest type of cooking out there... it's what we picture when we imagine a caveman diet! And people have a mystical magnetic draw to all things rustic and ancient, especially if they can eat it.

Well, at least I sure do.


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