Cookout v. Barbecue
So you’re having a holiday cookout in your backyard. Or is it a barbecue? In the South, there’s a difference.
A barbecue is when you cook beef or pork steaks, chicken, fish, or seafood on the grill. It takes skill and often a special sauce developed by the griller over the years.
A cookout means brats and burgers often with sides as beans and beer. It’s the easy out—and the one I took this year.
Defying the Weather
With three days to choose from to celebrate the holiday, we picked Saturday for our cookout with family and friends. It turned out the weather was on the chilly side much of the day. But on the positive side, it gave me a chance to post photos and recipes from the event.
Beginning with Brats
G&W Meat & Bavarian-Style Sausage Company
The magic conducted by G&W’s sausage-meisters takes place behind an unobtrusive facade on Parker Avenue near Tower Grove Park. My grandson, Andrew, who frequents the place, agreed to pick up an assortment of their house-made brats along with some Bavarian mustard and sauerkraut.
The little shop opened by German immigrants in 1965 was sold this year to a long-time customer. Fans of G&W were happy to hear that the custom of offering a free beer to waiting shoppers would be continued.
“You can’t beat G&W meat” is a catchy slogan it’s hard to disagree with.
The Memorial Day Menu
Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad
A Plate of Celebration
Bacardi Rum Cake
Good to the Last Drop
“Strolling Thru the Park One Day, In the Merry Month of May”
The day concluded with a trip to visit a hospitalized friend followed by a drive through Forest Park. This view of the gorgeous flowerbeds is across from the Art Museum. Well worth a trip to view.