Tuesday I asked you to tell me about the oddest food you've barbequed yourself or eaten, if you wanted to win tickets to tonight's sold-out Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ — and now I'm ravenous. Here's our collective BBQ buffet of the weird, odd and unusual:
Moose ribs (mine)
Bologna with kimchi
Pork ribs with fat cap
And from our WBEZ Facebook page:
Black bear (cooked in the ground, to add to the bear burgers above)
Gator (again) and ostrich (with a mention of deep-fried strawberry)
Caprese-stuffed chicken breasts and goat cheese-blueberry biscuits
Thanks to everyone who shared their adventures in BBQ. After careful consideration (and a fair amount of Pavlovian salivation), the winner of tickets to tonight's SOEOSBBQ is...
Jeff Panall with his hickory and oak wood smoked beaver gumbo!
I thought the smoking of the beaver, rather than simply braising it, went the extra mile. I'm also a big fan of eating sustainable, local, wild food — and love the suggestion of a Sound Ops Beaver BBQ. And yes, I've seen the destruction beavers can do around here, too.
FYI beaver season starts in Illinois on November 5 — and there's no limit. My Thanksgiving table talk might include white meat, dark meat, or tail this year.