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Greed-fo-graphic from CNN.

Greed-fo-graphic from CNN.

Right after the other important domestic wars, such as the War on Christmas, the War on Drugs, and the War to Prevent “Responsible” Citizens From Carrying Military Grade Weapons through Wal-Mart, there’s the War on Barbecue.

Every year I read an article that says something along the lines of “Wow, your meat is more expensive than ever.”  Take for example this latest interactive chart from CNN Money.  Uh oh, it says. Your Pork Chops are going to cost you 10.4% more, care of a virus that’s killing pigs. 

Setting aside for a minute that apparently we care more about the extra two bucks we now have to spend on our chops than we do about, oh, out-of-control piglet-killing viruses — Yikes! — as a former journalist, this kind of journalism really cans my Spam.

Can we please remember it’s Labor Day for second?  Preachy diatribe alert!

If you like barbecue, remember, the following people need to get paid: Farmers, truck drivers, grocers, farm hands, grain producers, inspectors, truckers, ranchers, fence builders, machinists, and don’t forget the dude mopping up at the butcher shop. There are also the people who build the roads, bring you electricity, provide irrigation, construct the ranches, barns, and farmhouses. I’m pretty sure none of those folks are part of the 1%. And if you’re like me, and buy local and/or organic food, then there’s the whole community to think about., too .

Quality meat costs more because there are a lot of people busting their asses to bring it to us, and I think we should be very happy to put some bread into the pockets of good people who are putting actual bread on our plates.

As an aside, I also can’t stand the lack of context.

I just dropped $70 on a 14lb brisket.  That’s a lot, right?  Except for one thing. It can feed half the neighborhood. I calculated that a 14lb brisket is good for 20 servings.  So, at $3.50 a sandwich, my barbecue still costs about one dollar less than an Ultimate Cheeseburger at Jack in the Box. 

So, for Labor Day, my suggestion is to pay an extra few bucks and quietly feel good about paying people for their hard work. 

Now that I’ve said all of that, check out my brisket!

I will labor to eat this.

I will labor to eat this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Duck two ways

Duck, two ways.

Duck, two ways.

My daughter wanted to try THIS duck recipe (BBQ). But she also wanted to try THIS duck recipe (Soy/Honey/Ginger).  So, what was I to do?  I just made both.

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