Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Smoke on the Water

Southern folks will tell you straight up that the thing they miss the most when they move to the nether regions is good old slow cooked BBQ. Pork is best..tenderloin, whole hog or Boston butt. The closest I've ever been to heaven was eatin' ribs at Charlie Vergos place tucked away in an alley in Memphis. I think they call it The Rendezvous. The ribs are just the right mix of wet sauce and dry rub that calls for an empty belly and a good clean up afterwards. Memphis is also the home of a BBQ cookin' contest on the Mighty Mississipi where good old boys and girls vie for the grand champion title. It's serious business, ya'll. Finalists from preliminaries all over the dang world show up and strut their snouts. That one is held in May, often times in the mud.

This one is coming up on October 22nd in Lynchburg Tennessee. I went there once on my way to the Ocoee River for whitewater rafting. We took a tour of the distillery where the sour mash is stirred, watched over and patiently waited on. You can't get a nip of it there's a dry county. Southern states are funny like that sometimes in their cross between commerce and religion. Prior to the tour,we had lunch at Miss Bobo's boarding house. It was a delicious meal served home style all OVER the giant table that dominates the dining room. We sat on the porch in rocking chairs and rested before we moved on to enjoy the Cherokee National Forest and the surrounding rivers. Hiwassee, Nantahala...Ocoee. The Smokies are just a few miles north too!

Pass the sauce, please and thank you. And kiss my grits.


Idgie @ the "Dew" said...

I am soooo hungry now. I love nuthing better than a mess of good ribs.

(Throw some JD in there too and I'm set!)

You wouldn't want to see me if I could get to one of those contest... give me a bib and get outta my way!!!!!!

Karen said...

Eating ribs in Memphis is Heaven on earth!

Dana said...

OK, now I am craving my dad's smoked bbque. Dang, but that man can cook some meat! And he won't give me the recipe for his bbque rub either.

srp said...

Dreamland Drive-Inn (yes inn) Barbeque in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is a seedy hole-in-the-wall with the best ribs for miles. If you wanted good attendance at a physician staff meeting all you had to do was announce that Dreamland would be trucking in the ribs.

Dana said...

Oh yes...Dreamland ribs. Yummmm! We used to buy slabs for our study parties. And soppin' up the sauce with that laof of white bread that stuck to the roof of your mouth... Oh my goodness, I am hungry! Stop it y'all!