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    Mayday, Mayday, barbecue is on the menu

    By: Christy V. Temple

    Okay, we’re in the month of May again and right around the corner to lots of goings-on in Owensboro/Daviess County. We just finished the Kentucky Derby and Nyquist won the glory. Now we are on to graduations, summer is right around the corner with the Summer Reading program for children, and time for school to be out altogether. It’s also another big time of the year coming up this weekend and we all know what that means: barbecue in a big way.

    The Barbecue Festival starts this Friday the 13th and ends on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. As usual, we will probably end up getting a decent amount of rain as is typical almost every year. However, maybe we will get lucky and have at least part of the festival in the sunshine.

    Barbecue in Owensboro/Daviess County is a really big deal and has been for years. We have people who attend the festival from miles across the country and even from overseas. Our barbecue is very different from most other places in the United States. We barbecue mutton around these parts and it’s the best stuff in the world to me, although I am a little prejudiced having grown up in Daviess county my whole life. I know other parts of the U.S. tend to barbecue beef like they do down in Texas. In part of the South and the Carolinas they are really big on pork.

    For my part though, I prefer mutton chopped and on a sandwich with pickle and onion and sometimes even a little mustard on top. I know the last part is a little strange but mustard is one of my favorite condiments and I find that it really lends a little extra flavor to the sandwich. I also usually like eating it alongside either potato-salad; my mother’s being the absolute best, or coleslaw. To top it off, I want a nice dish of blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream on top. Mmmm, mmm. I am making myself extremely hungry right now and it’s coming up on my dinner hour to eat. Decisions, decisions.

    Anyway, the reason I bring up all of this delicious food is that if you want to experience the thrill and taste sensation of barbecue year-round and you would like to try to make it yourself, then you have come to the right place. The Daviess County Public Library has a plethora of books on the subject of barbecue. An adult non-fiction book search on barbecue yields some 124 results. Here are just a few of the titles that we own below.

    So, the next time that you are hungry for some barbecue why don’t you come down to the library instead and check out some great books and give it a try on your own? Besides, just think, at least it you try it and it doesn’t turn out well there are still plenty of good barbecue restaurants here locally where you can just drop by and get it to-go.

    Happy barbecuing and good luck to the festival this weekend!

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