[Sca-cooks] Gulf Wars BBQ competition - sigh

chawkswrth at aol.com chawkswrth at aol.com
Mon Jan 19 09:52:59 PST 2009

Your Majesty;

I cannot help but agree. I was...appalled when I first read of it and I am still. And now, they want to bring in the Food Network? Whaat ARE these people thinking!

But, I think it can still be...'played with', if a concerted effort is taken by the cooks to keep it in Period. 

Barbeque is a modern version of open fire cooking. Keeping that in mind, any meat can be cooked over an open fire, and never see a drop of red sauce. Period Verjuice and vinagar sauces, yes, but not the sweet TOMATO sauces so prevalent today. 

You, yourself have experimented with spinning chickens and other means of cooking meat over a fire, so you understand the challenges, all too well. 

If I may so humbly make a suggestion?
If I were in your shoes, I would suggest a special catagory for the Most Period set-up, as well as the Best use of Period Techniques, and Best Period Recipe. Challenge the Cooks to bring their Period Game, not the Modern Game. 

May the best Period Cook Win!


-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Gunter <countgunthar at hotmail.com>
To: spit-project at lists.ansteorra.org; Cooks within the SCA <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 10:12 am
Subject: [Sca-cooks] Gulf Wars BBQ competition - sigh

o we have been informed of a Barbecue competition to be held
t Gulf Wars. They want the Royals to be judges in addition to a
Bean Drop" populace vote.

here has even been talk of Food Network coming out to film it.

m...why is my head abo
ut to explode?

 know the people involved have put a lot of work into this and think
t will a really fun event. But it just makes me twitch. Especially the
ood Network thing. That's all we need to continue the stereotype
hat the SCA is nothing more than a trumped up Rennfaire who doesn't
ven attempt at historic accuracy. What is next? A turkey leg competition?

nd, yes, I do know that Ansteorra is hosting a Chili Night party the same as
e have done at Pennsic for years. But I consider that a totally different 
nimal. We are having a fun "Texas theme" party in our camp. Yes, it again
resents a stereotype that you can't have fun and be Medieval. But at least
t is a gift given to the camp attendees. We know chili isn't period but neither
re Hawaiian luaus or any of the other rather silly parties that groups host.

e aren't having a chili competition. That's the difference. If a group was
aving a party and giving barbecue to the masses, we wouldn't really have
 problem with it. Although I would someday love to have a big kingdom
arty and serve beer, ale, wine, cider and period munchies. Just to show you
an actually enjoy period fare. 

 will probably get into trouble for posting this rant because as King I need to
upport my people. But as a Cooking Laurel I'm feeling terribly squicky about
he whole thing.

ow, wet chemise competitions? THAT'S entertainment!

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