Two Men and a Pig…..yummy….

Sure it's hot and smokey...but it's war....

OK, who doesn’t like good barbeque? We were lucky enough to be in Pensacola at the time of the Barbecue Cookoff, in Seville Square….Men who take their ‘cue very seriously were gathered all around the square, tending to their charges on the grill, towers of hickory smoke rising into the Florida sky, mouth-watering smells wafting about….if you weren’t hungry when you got there…it wouldn’t be long until you were ravenous.

I'll have the pulled pork, please.....

The torturous thing was most of the competitors weren’t selling their wares, they were being prepared lovingly for the judges….you could see the guys carefully wiping their styrofoam plates and decorating them with parsley(my thought, why not go all the way and use a real dish…styrofoam? Really?). Anyway, these guys were taking ribs off the grill as though they were delicate works of art that couldn’t endure any jostling. Luckily there were also places actually selling barbecue as you can see in the picture, and while you had to stand in line, the mounds of smoked food stuff  that walked past you as you deliberated your choices, was enough to keep you rooted.

Bad Byron....some men who know their 'cue...

And the stuff was so very very fine…true hickory smoked barbecue with a Carolina vinegar based sauce…served on the side as it should be. I don’t know who won the competition….someone deserving no doubt.

Inside Joe Patti's Seafood....

And now…the best seafood place I may have ever seen. People come from all around to Joe Patti’s Seafood for the freshest filets, shrimp, lobsters, and other seafood around. I love to buy heads on shrimp(on the odd occasion I can find them here in  Baltimore)…if you’ve never had Barbecued Shrimp(poor you)….you must try it. A famous and fabulous New Orleans dish that doesn’t involve barbecue sauce at all….here’s a recipe. It’s pretty easy, but you need a lot of butter….and whole shrimp, which Joe Patti sells for $4.95 a pound. Ok, when you add the shipping charges for seafood it does up the total, but you know you’re getting fresh, wild gulf shrimp. Big difference.

Don't knock it until you've tried it....

And they also carry all sorts of things like  smoked mullet and smoked tuna dip(they are both unbelievably good), and you can get frozen crayfish, and even yes….alligator sirloin.

Hmmm..who knew??

I’m so sorry I didn’t get a cooler and fly some stuff home…what was I thinking? I guess mail order will have to do. Hope you have a lovely weekend, and cook something lovely…what will it be, what will it be?  I now have a hankering for Barbecued shrimp…it’s still good even if the shrimp don’t have their heads on…not authentic, but good.


2 Responses

  1. Donna;
    Wegmans had large shrimp with heads when I was there Sunday. I remembering thinking “why would someone want the heads on?” Now I know

  2. hi sis–quint will be upset if you dont at least mention beyond the piece of a sentence –his wedding and his beautiful bride–“the lovely julie”–(does that term sound familiar??)–and i think the hotel where we stayed deserves a hit on your blog—i loved the bed and breakfast feel of it–NEW WORLD LANDING INN –15-16 individually decorated rooms, wonderful staff, and great place to have a wedding and our family time~–and i know for a fact you enjoyed the HUGE jar of m&ms outside your room! i also liked the fact that it was in the historic district of pensacola–and lots was in walking distance –sooo—i guess i have just blogged about it for you! but feel free to edit! love you–audrey

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