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Brisket vs. Beefsteak: Win Tix!

Enter to win tickets to Wine Country Big Q and Kendall Jackson's Heirloom Tomato Fest, Sept. 10

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It’s a weekend where lines are drawn and taste buds are put to the ultimate challenge. Are you all about the sizzle, flame and the fire? Or do you savor the flavors of the summer’s earthy bounty?

On Saturday, two top-notch events take place concurrently: The Wine Country Big Q, the area’s first Kansas City-sanctioned barbecue competition and Kendall Jackson’s 15th Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival.

Not sure which side you’re on? In one corner is a smokin’ hot event that’ll satisfy the most carnivorous of carnivores. In it’s debut year, the Big Q features pitmasters from throughout the nation competing for $7,500 in prize money, along with a number of Sonoma County wineries showcasing their wines (and meat skills as well). Heading up on of the local teams is Ray Lampe, best know as Dr. BBQ, who will lead the Tex Wasabi’s All-Star barbecue team. The $45 ticket price includes a pound of meat samples, wine tasting and live music from 1-5pm at Sonoma Academy.

In the other corner, is the veteran Wine Event considered by many to be the ultimate gastro-fest of the year: Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival. Having harvested nearly 100 tasty varieties of tomatoes in every color of the rainbow is merely an excuse to gather the region’s top chefs to showcase their favorite tomato-inspired recipes. During the event, plenty of wine will flow and a panel of intrepid judges (Doug Keane of Cyrus, Jeff Mall of Zin Restaurant and uh, me) will be pressed into service to select the ultimate chef during the 2011 Chef’s Challenge (featuring several Top Chef contestants). The only bad news? The event is sold out to the public. But never fear, there’s hope!

Biteclub is giving away TWO tickets to the Wine Country Big Q and TWO tickets to the Heirloom Tomato Festival to TWO lucky winners. Make your case for who reigns supreme — barbecue or tasty tomatoes. The best carnivore wins the BBQ tickets. The most convincing tomato-lover gets the Tomato Fest tickets. ENTER QUICK, CONTEST ENDS THURSDAY at 5PM. Full rules
Psst: Neither of these events up your alley? Check out Beer History, Styles and a Sensory Survey on Sept. 10 from 3-6pm at Laguna Farm in Sebastopol. This is a taste-bud driven tour of the beer universe, beer styles, chemistry and a blindfolded tasting competition! Email registration required marley339@gmail.com/$45.

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56 thoughts on “Brisket vs. Beefsteak: Win Tix!

  1. Ah, juicy, dripping, flavorable, smoky, hunks of meat. I wrap my mouth around it and swoon with delight. Meat, yes, give me lots of meat. Me, hungery. You got free tickets? Cool, i could dig it. Chow Baby…

  2. Ah, juicy, dripping, flavorable, smoky, hunks of meat. I wrap my mouth around it and swoon with delight. Meat, yes, give me lots of meat. Me, hungery. You got free tickets? Cool, i could dig it. Chow Baby…

  3. ooo, I posted earlier today about what I would do for a ticket but now I do not see it on the page.. ahhh something is amiss, but I won’t let it deter me to declare, once again, that I would dance with a flaming scimitar sword balanced upon my head… on stilts.

  4. This sucks! I subscribe to your newsletter and did not even get theblanky- blank newsletter in my email inbox till 2 hours before the contest closes! Forgive me but I have to work to pay my mortgage and cannot sit on my computer all day waiting for an email from you that arrives just TWO hours before your contest ends! This is unfair and who ever is responsible for notifying subscribers is NOT doing their job ! Lots of people out here looking for work – no need to put up with someone who is not doing their job properly!!!!

    1. Juanita, you might think about using some nicer words if you want to win the tickets. You sound like you have never learned to handle yourself when things do not go your way.
      Be nice.

  5. I would LOVE to win tix fot the Big Q fest. I’m the griller in this family, and it would be so nice to enjoy some amazing bbq and NOT have to cook it myself. Nothing like great grilled grub. Ummmmmmmm tender, moist, juicy finger lickin goodness. Oh, and I didn’t forget the wine, Sonoma County has some of the best in the world! Walking around listeneing to some music, sippin some wine and trying to figure out the ingredients used in that MUST have sauce….. I can smell it now 🙂
    Please pick me Heather!!!!

  6. What would I do for tickets to the Heirloom Tomato Festival?
    I would not swim the ocean blue (or green or, especially, abalone-killing red tide).
    I would not dash across the 101 – although it does seem safer than crossing in a crosswalk in Santa Rosa these days.
    I would not get lost in Annadel (although a ride in Henry 1 does sound like a nice reward).

    But I would walk from my house in Coffey Park to the KJ parking lot to pick up the tickets. I would also come directly to the Press Democrat offices on Mendocino to collect them personally. I would comply with all the rules and would release the Bite Club, the Press Democrat and their affiliates from all harm that may befall me as a result of my being awarded these awesome tickets through their kind and benevolent generosity (ergo: I would not look a gift horse in the mouth). I would also bring my wife who has been wanting to go to the festival for years.

    Oh – I won’t wax poetic. Just don’t have it in me. Probably not a haiku either. Maybe a limerick after a beer or two….

  7. ooo, I posted earlier today about what I would do for a ticket but now I do not see it on the page.. ahhh something is amiss, but I won’t let it deter me to declare, once again, that I would dance with a flaming scimitar sword balanced upon my head… on stilts.

  8. This sucks! I subscribe to your newsletter and did not even get theblanky- blank newsletter in my email inbox till 2 hours before the contest closes! Forgive me but I have to work to pay my mortgage and cannot sit on my computer all day waiting for an email from you that arrives just TWO hours before your contest ends! This is unfair and who ever is responsible for notifying subscribers is NOT doing their job ! Lots of people out here looking for work – no need to put up with someone who is not doing their job properly!!!!

    1. Juanita, you might think about using some nicer words if you want to win the tickets. You sound like you have never learned to handle yourself when things do not go your way.
      Be nice.

  9. I would LOVE to win tix fot the Big Q fest. I’m the griller in this family, and it would be so nice to enjoy some amazing bbq and NOT have to cook it myself. Nothing like great grilled grub. Ummmmmmmm tender, moist, juicy finger lickin goodness. Oh, and I didn’t forget the wine, Sonoma County has some of the best in the world! Walking around listeneing to some music, sippin some wine and trying to figure out the ingredients used in that MUST have sauce….. I can smell it now 🙂
    Please pick me Heather!!!!

  10. What would I do for tickets to the Heirloom Tomato Festival?
    I would not swim the ocean blue (or green or, especially, abalone-killing red tide).
    I would not dash across the 101 – although it does seem safer than crossing in a crosswalk in Santa Rosa these days.
    I would not get lost in Annadel (although a ride in Henry 1 does sound like a nice reward).

    But I would walk from my house in Coffey Park to the KJ parking lot to pick up the tickets. I would also come directly to the Press Democrat offices on Mendocino to collect them personally. I would comply with all the rules and would release the Bite Club, the Press Democrat and their affiliates from all harm that may befall me as a result of my being awarded these awesome tickets through their kind and benevolent generosity (ergo: I would not look a gift horse in the mouth). I would also bring my wife who has been wanting to go to the festival for years.

    Oh – I won’t wax poetic. Just don’t have it in me. Probably not a haiku either. Maybe a limerick after a beer or two….

  11. As my husband and I near our first wedding anniversary *sept 18th*, what better way to celebrate than to take him to something he would enjoy more than anything? My husband is truly King of the grill, so why not surprise him with tix to the SONOMA COUNTY BIG QI As a stay at home mom with no income that doesn’t come from my husband, a gift like this would be the ultimate surprise for a husband that works hard to provide for not just his child, but his step-child as well. He deserves this!!! 🙂 Please let me take him!!!!!

  12. Straight from the vine,
    Still warm from the sun
    With water or wine
    You make me come undone!

    Bursting with flavor
    Aiding my health,
    It is you that I savor
    You give my plate wealth

    A simple fruit
    Of many shades
    I’m always in pursuit
    Of great dishes to be made

    With the amount of variety
    The simple tomato brings
    The whole of our society
    Should begin to sing!

    From entrée to sauce
    From plain to with dip
    There’s no bad way to toss
    This fruit through your lips!

    Oh beautiful tomato
    With such pleasures in store
    The boring potato
    I will leave at the store!

  13. As my husband and I near our first wedding anniversary *sept 18th*, what better way to celebrate than to take him to something he would enjoy more than anything? My husband is truly King of the grill, so why not surprise him with tix to the SONOMA COUNTY BIG QI As a stay at home mom with no income that doesn’t come from my husband, a gift like this would be the ultimate surprise for a husband that works hard to provide for not just his child, but his step-child as well. He deserves this!!! 🙂 Please let me take him!!!!!

  14. Straight from the vine,
    Still warm from the sun
    With water or wine
    You make me come undone!

    Bursting with flavor
    Aiding my health,
    It is you that I savor
    You give my plate wealth

    A simple fruit
    Of many shades
    I’m always in pursuit
    Of great dishes to be made

    With the amount of variety
    The simple tomato brings
    The whole of our society
    Should begin to sing!

    From entrée to sauce
    From plain to with dip
    There’s no bad way to toss
    This fruit through your lips!

    Oh beautiful tomato
    With such pleasures in store
    The boring potato
    I will leave at the store!

  15. The tomato reigns. Red, regal and ready to be sliced, sauteed or savored whole, it helps ease the pain of a summer’s end. I have always heard it is a fruit and yet it seems like the greatest vegetable ever. But whatever it is, it is wonderful. The heirloom is an especially fitting name for a tomato because eating a tomato brings back so many memories. The tomato connects us with so many things. The smell of a tomato plant evokes childhood memories. A sliced beefsteak belongs with bacon and lettuce and a bright sunny day. And the cherry, well, it belongs pretty much anywhere.

    I have never been to the festival, and I hope to have it become part of my tomato memories.

  16. krisli hyland September 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    What would I do for tickets to the Wine Country Big ‘Que?
    I would go so far as to……
    create a haiku:

    Heat, smoke, sauce and rub
    Summer ends with Barbeque
    Wine Country Tickets

    (a true haiku not only follows the 5/7/5 syllable rule, but also mentions a season… I got a season AND seasonings in there. Extra points?)

    Also? I would wear a piggie costume! (ok, minus the snout… come on, the snout would get in the way of enjoying the aMAZing barbeque.)

    Why am I double posting, here and on the rules page? Because that is what I would do for tickets to the Wine Country Big Q!

  17. The tomato reigns. Red, regal and ready to be sliced, sauteed or savored whole, it helps ease the pain of a summer’s end. I have always heard it is a fruit and yet it seems like the greatest vegetable ever. But whatever it is, it is wonderful. The heirloom is an especially fitting name for a tomato because eating a tomato brings back so many memories. The tomato connects us with so many things. The smell of a tomato plant evokes childhood memories. A sliced beefsteak belongs with bacon and lettuce and a bright sunny day. And the cherry, well, it belongs pretty much anywhere.

    I have never been to the festival, and I hope to have it become part of my tomato memories.

  18. krisli hyland September 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    What would I do for tickets to the Wine Country Big ‘Que?
    I would go so far as to……
    create a haiku:

    Heat, smoke, sauce and rub
    Summer ends with Barbeque
    Wine Country Tickets

    (a true haiku not only follows the 5/7/5 syllable rule, but also mentions a season… I got a season AND seasonings in there. Extra points?)

    Also? I would wear a piggie costume! (ok, minus the snout… come on, the snout would get in the way of enjoying the aMAZing barbeque.)

    Why am I double posting, here and on the rules page? Because that is what I would do for tickets to the Wine Country Big Q!

  19. I may be a Johnny come lately to the tomato fan club as I didn’t like them when I was a kid; they didn’t taste like anything plus I kept getting differing answers if they were a fruit or a vegetable. But now I am a die hard evangelist of the things; more specifically I seek them out in all their natural and organic glory. Have you ever waled through a field of organic ones? The smell is divine. Plus, you can eat them with every meal or as a meal themselves. You can take a bite right out of the lil’ beauties, especially the heirloom Cherokee purple ones, or try making a homemade puree with some traditional ingredients and serving them up at brunch cocktail (ala Bloody Mary). My latest obsession is taking some fresh burrata, a pinch of purple basil (it has a more peppery taste to it) and making a caprese salad with of them, it’s layer upon layer of pure awesomeness. C’mon, brisket is great but tomatoes rule the world (thanks to South America introducing them to the rest of us). Now let me at that festival – I’ve got some tomatoes to eat.

    1. My late Father always had a great Tomato garden and always gave the delicious fruit to Family and Friends. We always think of him when gifting home grown ones. I have continued the tradition and for Tickets I would give up the rest of my crop to a shelter or neighbors.
      I also know how much Heather resents having to wash pans, colanders and vegetables and likes being Waited on, I would give up some of my time to Cook her a fine meal clean up after and make her Polachinka just the way she likes it with sour crm,walnuts and cinnamon right out of the pan.

    2. I know how much Heather resents having to wash pans, colanders and vegetables and likes being Waited on, I would give up some of my time to Cook her a fine meal clean up after and make her Polachinka just the way she likes it with sour crm,walnuts and cinnamon right out of the pan.

  20. Although I am a carnivore to the core, I would love the tomato festival tickets! Maybe it is the childhood memory of helping my mom pick tomatoes in our garden. I think I ate as many cherry tomatoes as I put in the bowl. Or slices of fresh tomatoes with fresh cracked pepper and that’s it. I have tried to grow them but sadly my black thumb gets in the way. Help me savor summers bounty! 🙂

  21. Please pick me for the BBQ and let me have at least ONE decent meal!!!! My girlfriend has cut me off from what I love the most….meat and potatoes….claiming something ridiculous about heart disease, its not good for you…..blah blah blah. I am a man and I love meat. I love BBQ…..like women with chocolate, shopping or shoes, I crave a good hunk of cow or pig sometime. If I win the tix…then I can spend a blissful day indulging in q’ed cow and pork and have a fun day with my girlfriend. And like a good guy I will smile at her and say…”honey it is just one day….tomorrow we will go back to eating “healthy”! Throw me a BBQ’d bone and the tix. Thanks.

  22. As a southerner, I certainly know my way around a plate of sliced tri-tip, a rack of ribs or any other delicacies that accompany a true BBQ. For some it is the smokey flavor or the meat or the nice “bark”you get from a 12 hour slow roast in the smoker. A true BBQ lover can often tell the difference from the smoke belching out of the cooker the type of wood used to carry that delicate flavor through. Mesquite lends itself to a heavier more robust after taste where as a cherry wood adds a little sweet note at the top of the taste buds. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Oh yes….the sauce. Of course at some point a well massaged, seasoned and cooked meat is accompanied with sauce. Depending if it is a Texas BBQ, Memphis style, St. Louis Style or Kansas style, the BBQ will be a variation of tomato based goodness with either a vinegar or extra spice kick to give it its signature flavor. Old Timers and southerners like myself are used to our Q served up with thick white bread or corn bread to capture any last drops. I LOVE my BBQ and would love to test the “best” at this years Sonoma Q Down! Hope you pick me!

  23. Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival would be GrEaT!!! I always wait tooo long….always sells out…NOW is my chance to taste juicy, ripe, summers sweet tomatoes AND finally meet YOU : ))

    I love this time of year when I can go out to my garden a pick a juicy ripe tomato right off the vine!!
    Oven roasted, atop a pizza, sliced in a sandwich, stuffed with shrimp salad, served with mozzarella and basil, chopped into a salsa……..

    I would really love to win the two tix to the Tomato Festival!!!

  24. What would I do for 2 tix to the BBQ event?! I would luxuriate in all the senses the event would provide! Warm grease on my fingers, sizzle of the turn of the meat on the grill, the look of a perfectly lightly charred hunk of meat, the intoxicating aroma of the poor beast I am about to enjoy, and of course the moment it touches my tongue! Meat!!

    A note to the “tomato as a BBQ sauce base” ‘ers, I much prefer a Q master who can hone the skill of the grill or smoker WITHOUT the need for a sauce. Let the meat be the player!

  25. Tomatos rule the world. If it were not for tomatos, there would be no tasty BBQ sauce, Spaghetti sauce, or ever a good zesty soup. It is a comparible question to what came first, the chicken or the egg. My friends, without tomatos there would be no chickens.

  26. BBQ wins everytime! I love tomatoes, but there’s really no comparison. There’s never a need for BBQ sauce if you cook your meat correctly… and use dry rub. I can’t stand sauce on my ribs.

    Big slices of Beefsteak’s next to your Ribeye, now were talking!

  27. I may be a Johnny come lately to the tomato fan club as I didn’t like them when I was a kid; they didn’t taste like anything plus I kept getting differing answers if they were a fruit or a vegetable. But now I am a die hard evangelist of the things; more specifically I seek them out in all their natural and organic glory. Have you ever waled through a field of organic ones? The smell is divine. Plus, you can eat them with every meal or as a meal themselves. You can take a bite right out of the lil’ beauties – especially the heirloom Cherokee purple ones – or try making a homemade puree with some traditional ingredients and serving them up at brunch cocktail (ala Bloody Mary). My latest obsession is taking some fresh burrata, a pinch of purple basil (it has a more peppery taste to it) and making a caprese salad with of them – it’s layer upon layer of pure awesomeness. C’mon – brisket is great but tomatoes rule the world (thanks to South America introducing them to the rest of us). Now let me at that festival – I’ve got some tomatoes to eat.

  28. I may be a Johnny come lately to the tomato fan club as I didn’t like them when I was a kid; they didn’t taste like anything plus I kept getting differing answers if they were a fruit or a vegetable. But now I am a die hard evangelist of the things; more specifically I seek them out in all their natural and organic glory. Have you ever waled through a field of organic ones? The smell is divine. Plus, you can eat them with every meal or as a meal themselves. You can take a bite right out of the lil’ beauties, especially the heirloom Cherokee purple ones, or try making a homemade puree with some traditional ingredients and serving them up at brunch cocktail (ala Bloody Mary). My latest obsession is taking some fresh burrata, a pinch of purple basil (it has a more peppery taste to it) and making a caprese salad with of them, it’s layer upon layer of pure awesomeness. C’mon, brisket is great but tomatoes rule the world (thanks to South America introducing them to the rest of us). Now let me at that festival – I’ve got some tomatoes to eat.

    1. My late Father always had a great Tomato garden and always gave the delicious fruit to Family and Friends. We always think of him when gifting home grown ones. I have continued the tradition and for Tickets I would give up the rest of my crop to a shelter or neighbors.
      I also know how much Heather resents having to wash pans, colanders and vegetables and likes being Waited on, I would give up some of my time to Cook her a fine meal clean up after and make her Polachinka just the way she likes it with sour crm,walnuts and cinnamon right out of the pan.

    2. I know how much Heather resents having to wash pans, colanders and vegetables and likes being Waited on, I would give up some of my time to Cook her a fine meal clean up after and make her Polachinka just the way she likes it with sour crm,walnuts and cinnamon right out of the pan.

  29. Although I am a carnivore to the core, I would love the tomato festival tickets! Maybe it is the childhood memory of helping my mom pick tomatoes in our garden. I think I ate as many cherry tomatoes as I put in the bowl. Or slices of fresh tomatoes with fresh cracked pepper and that’s it. I have tried to grow them but sadly my black thumb gets in the way. Help me savor summers bounty! 🙂

  30. Please pick me for the BBQ and let me have at least ONE decent meal!!!! My girlfriend has cut me off from what I love the most….meat and potatoes….claiming something ridiculous about heart disease, its not good for you…..blah blah blah. I am a man and I love meat. I love BBQ…..like women with chocolate, shopping or shoes, I crave a good hunk of cow or pig sometime. If I win the tix…then I can spend a blissful day indulging in q’ed cow and pork and have a fun day with my girlfriend. And like a good guy I will smile at her and say…”honey it is just one day….tomorrow we will go back to eating “healthy”! Throw me a BBQ’d bone and the tix. Thanks.

  31. As a southerner, I certainly know my way around a plate of sliced tri-tip, a rack of ribs or any other delicacies that accompany a true BBQ. For some it is the smokey flavor or the meat or the nice “bark”you get from a 12 hour slow roast in the smoker. A true BBQ lover can often tell the difference from the smoke belching out of the cooker the type of wood used to carry that delicate flavor through. Mesquite lends itself to a heavier more robust after taste where as a cherry wood adds a little sweet note at the top of the taste buds. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Oh yes….the sauce. Of course at some point a well massaged, seasoned and cooked meat is accompanied with sauce. Depending if it is a Texas BBQ, Memphis style, St. Louis Style or Kansas style, the BBQ will be a variation of tomato based goodness with either a vinegar or extra spice kick to give it its signature flavor. Old Timers and southerners like myself are used to our Q served up with thick white bread or corn bread to capture any last drops. I LOVE my BBQ and would love to test the “best” at this years Sonoma Q Down! Hope you pick me!

  32. What would a tomato have been to a caveman? Where would a caveman be without his barbequed kill? Meat, is life. It’s as simple as that.

  33. Look around on the internet at all the recipes for BBQ’ing, basting, marinating, grilling, and roasting of meat. There is no contest that America has a love affair with BBQ’d meat (most notably beef). This is why during the summer holidays you meet with friends and enjoy the food. But how many times have you seen the tomato as the main attraction at a food get together? Never. BBQ? That’s what we show up for! We talk about the smell, the look, how it was prepared, and then discuss how amazing the chef has made our dinner. Clearly, the cooking of a great steak or burger far exceeds the simple tomato. While I do enjoy tomatoes, remember the #1 thing that tomatoes become in America…. a condiment…. a condiment to an awesomely cooked burger.

    The BBQ reigns supreme.

  34. Most definitely the tomato! A good tomato is the base of a good BBQ sauce. Without the tomato, bbq sauce would not be so delicious!

    1. ah, nothing better than to wander into my garden, hose off a juicy heirloom tomato, squish between my teeth and feel the nutrients course through my body. Nature’s tonic, a gift from mother nature. I bow my head in gratitude.

  35. Kendall Jackson’s Heirloom Tomato Festival would be GrEaT!!! I always wait tooo long….always sells out…NOW is my chance to taste juicy, ripe, summers sweet tomatoes AND finally meet YOU : ))

    I love this time of year when I can go out to my garden a pick a juicy ripe tomato right off the vine!!
    Oven roasted, atop a pizza, sliced in a sandwich, stuffed with shrimp salad, served with mozzarella and basil, chopped into a salsa……..

    I would really love to win the two tix to the Tomato Festival!!!

  36. What would I do for 2 tix to the BBQ event?! I would luxuriate in all the senses the event would provide! Warm grease on my fingers, sizzle of the turn of the meat on the grill, the look of a perfectly lightly charred hunk of meat, the intoxicating aroma of the poor beast I am about to enjoy, and of course the moment it touches my tongue! Meat!!

    A note to the “tomato as a BBQ sauce base” ‘ers, I much prefer a Q master who can hone the skill of the grill or smoker WITHOUT the need for a sauce. Let the meat be the player!

  37. Tomatos rule the world. If it were not for tomatos, there would be no tasty BBQ sauce, Spaghetti sauce, or ever a good zesty soup. It is a comparible question to what came first, the chicken or the egg. My friends, without tomatos there would be no chickens.

  38. BBQ wins everytime! I love tomatoes, but there’s really no comparison. There’s never a need for BBQ sauce if you cook your meat correctly… and use dry rub. I can’t stand sauce on my ribs.

    Big slices of Beefsteak’s next to your Ribeye, now were talking!

  39. I may be a Johnny come lately to the tomato fan club as I didn’t like them when I was a kid; they didn’t taste like anything plus I kept getting differing answers if they were a fruit or a vegetable. But now I am a die hard evangelist of the things; more specifically I seek them out in all their natural and organic glory. Have you ever waled through a field of organic ones? The smell is divine. Plus, you can eat them with every meal or as a meal themselves. You can take a bite right out of the lil’ beauties – especially the heirloom Cherokee purple ones – or try making a homemade puree with some traditional ingredients and serving them up at brunch cocktail (ala Bloody Mary). My latest obsession is taking some fresh burrata, a pinch of purple basil (it has a more peppery taste to it) and making a caprese salad with of them – it’s layer upon layer of pure awesomeness. C’mon – brisket is great but tomatoes rule the world (thanks to South America introducing them to the rest of us). Now let me at that festival – I’ve got some tomatoes to eat.

  40. What would a tomato have been to a caveman? Where would a caveman be without his barbequed kill? Meat, is life. It’s as simple as that.

  41. Look around on the internet at all the recipes for BBQ’ing, basting, marinating, grilling, and roasting of meat. There is no contest that America has a love affair with BBQ’d meat (most notably beef). This is why during the summer holidays you meet with friends and enjoy the food. But how many times have you seen the tomato as the main attraction at a food get together? Never. BBQ? That’s what we show up for! We talk about the smell, the look, how it was prepared, and then discuss how amazing the chef has made our dinner. Clearly, the cooking of a great steak or burger far exceeds the simple tomato. While I do enjoy tomatoes, remember the #1 thing that tomatoes become in America…. a condiment…. a condiment to an awesomely cooked burger.

    The BBQ reigns supreme.

  42. Most definitely the tomato! A good tomato is the base of a good BBQ sauce. Without the tomato, bbq sauce would not be so delicious!

    1. ah, nothing better than to wander into my garden, hose off a juicy heirloom tomato, squish between my teeth and feel the nutrients course through my body. Nature’s tonic, a gift from mother nature. I bow my head in gratitude.

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