Bikes, Blues, & BBQ

Dear BBQ Friend:

Well... it's a great week for barbecueing. american flagHappy 4th of July by the way! I don't know if this is the 4th of July weekend or next weekend is, but it's a good excuse to get out and slow smoke some great BBQ! There are lots of contests and festivals going on in the weeks and months to come too. I saw an ad in our local newspaper for a Bikes and BBQ festival that should be fun since I love BBQ and riding my Harley Sportster. One thing I like about Blues, Bikes, and BBQ... is they raise a lot of money for charities. For instance, the Savannah Bikes and BBQ festival has a poker run that benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation. And we get to eat BBQ afterwards! Most barbecue contests help promote local charities or the chamber of commerce. bikes blues bbqNot only are these events great fun, they help other people out at the same time. So... get out and attend the next BBQ festival in your area!

Did you ever notice that Blues and BBQ go hand in hand? Maybe the origin of this "connection" goes back to Beale Street in Memphis - home of the Blues and home to some of the best BBQ restaurants in the world. And don't forget... Kansas city is known for it's Blues, Jazz, and BBQ too. My nephew, Victor Wainwright, just happens to be one of the next great Blues artists. He currently plays in the bars and restaurants on Beale Street in Memphis. His style is a little faster than traditional Blues - he calls it Boogie Woogie Blues. You can hear (and purchase) some of music at the links below. I promise you will not be disappointed and your BBQ will taste so much better when listening to Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots band. blues & bbq

Vic is a 3x Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year and 2016 BMA BB King Entertainer & Band of the Year!

To listen to a clip of his music:

Other good web sites: (paper version of "Competition BBQ Secrets")

Brunswick Stew

Here's a great recipe for Brunswick Stew that goes good with BBQ. Try it out on July 4th or with your next BBQ cookout. This is a recipe from Spanky's which is a favorite local restaurant here in Savannah. Brunswick Stew originated about an hour south of here near Brunswick Georgia so it is a favorite side dish here in the "low country"...

First the sauce:

  • In a 2 quart sauce pan, over low heat,melt 1/4 cup of butter then add:
  • 1 & 3/4 cups Catsup
  • 1/4 cup French's Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Blend until smooth, then add:brunswick stew

  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 oz. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 oz. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 oz. Crystal Hot Sauce or 1/2 oz. Tabasco
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Blend until smooth, then add:

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • Stir constantly, increase heat to simmer (DO NOT BOIL) for approx. 10 minutes.
  • Makes approx. 3 1/2 cups of sauce (set aside - to be added later).

Then The Stew:

  • In a 2 gallon pot, over low heat melt 1/4 lb of butter then add:
  • 3 cups small diced potatoes
  • 1 cup small diced onion
  • 2 - 14 1/2 oz. cans of chicken broth
  • 1 lb baked chicken (white and dark)
  • 8-10 oz. smoked pork

Bring to a rolling boil, stirring until potatoes are near done, then add:

  • 1 - 8 1/2 oz. can early peas
  • 2 - 14 1/2 oz. cans stewed tomatoes - (chop tomatoes, add liquid to the stew pot)
  • The prepared sauce (above)
  • 1 - 16 oz. can of baby lima beans
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Smoke
  • 1 - 14 1/2 oz. can creamed corn
  • Slow simmer for 2 hours
  • Yields 1 gallon


Bill Anderson