Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Faith-Based BBQ

When I find that there's a new barbecue restaurant in my hometown, I feel much like Kansan Clyde Tombaugh felt when he discovered Pluto, which according to my daughter is no longer considered a planet. For the record, little ol' Pluto at the fringe of the solar system will always be a planet in my eyes. Anyway, Monday I picked up some dried chilies at my favorite grocery store, and I found this little stand in the parking lot.

It's a cowboy/Larry the Cable Guy/Christian-themed stand, which is fine by me because I sometimes daydream about being a chuckwagon cook, I occasionally rub elbows with rednecks, and I've found bbq to be a religious experience
Diners who've visited the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Barbecue in Huntsville, Texas, will tell that bbq and religion complement each other.
I haven't found a time when this stand is open, but I'll keep you posted when I try it.

You should know that I'm usually disappointed when I try a new bbq restaurant because I do have high standards.
For now I'll just savor the joy generated by my sense of anticipation.

giddy up and praise the Lord


Amanda said...

I had no idea that this place existed. We love trying new BBQ places in town, so this one will definitely be on our list of places to try. How do you like Biemer's (or have you tried it yet?) It's our favorite right now.

Let me know how the Devil's Food Cheesecake turns out for you. We thought it was awesome, especially with some homemade vanilla ice cream. :-)

Anonymous said...

Still cracking up thinking about "this pan kills fascists."

Laurel Kornfeld said...

Please inform your daughter that Pluto is still a planet. Only four percent of the IAU voted on the controversial demotion, and most are not planetary scientists. Their decision was immediately opposed in a formal petition by hundreds of professional astronomers led by Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator of NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto. One reason the IAU definition makes no sense is it says dwarf planets are not planets at all! That is like saying a grizzly bear is not a bear, and it is inconsistent with the use of the term “dwarf” in astronomy, where dwarf stars are still stars, and dwarf galaxies are still galaxies. Also, the IAU definition classifies objects solely by where they are while ignoring what they are. If Earth were in Pluto’s orbit, according to the IAU definition, it would not be a planet either. A definition that takes the same object and makes it a planet in one location and not a planet in another is essentially useless. Pluto is a planet because it is spherical, meaning it is large enough to be pulled into a round shape by its own gravity--a state known as hydrostatic equilibrium and characteristic of planets, not of shapeless asteroids held together by chemical bonds. These reasons are why many astronomers, lay people, and educators are either ignoring the demotion entirely or working to get it overturned. I am a writer and amateur astronomer and proud to be one of these people. You can read more about why Pluto is a planet and worldwide efforts to overturn the demotion on my Pluto Blog at

muddywaters said...

Amanda: This place just popped up this week. I've driven by at lunch and dinner, but there's no sign of activity.

I've only tried Biemer's once, and I need to try it again. It's good to see someone take over the old Bucky's storefront. I really like Biemer's coleslaw becausce it's not cream based.

12th Man: Hope all is well out West. On our way back from Estes this summer, we're planning on staying a couple of days in Denver. Maybe we'll see you guys.

Laurel: Thanks for the insight. The scientific community is always welcomed here at The Greasy Skillet. Now I just need to figure out away to convey your information to a five-year-old.

Laurel Kornfeld said...

My nephew is five, and here is what I have told him:

Pluto is very small and very far away, meaning it is very hard to see even with our most powerful telescopes. Because even scientists who study planets don't know much about it, they don't agree on whether or not it should be called a planet.

Some say it is not a planet because it is too small. Others say if it is round and circles the sun, it's a planet. In six years, a robotic ship we sent to study Pluto will arrive there and send back pictures. Those should tell us a lot more about Pluto and help answer this question.

Meanwhile, you can show her pictures of asteroids, which have no real shape, and of Pluto and other round objects, to illustrate the point that being round makes an object that circles the sun a planet. Good luck!