Spectrum/It's time for the annual Saline County Bar-B-Que

Friday, June 2, 2006

The 49th Annual Saline County Bar-B-Que scheduled for Saturday, June 3, in Marshall has got my mouth watering already.

By the way, the annual Bar-B-Que begins with lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the talent contest is at 4 p.m. and the queens contest is at 8 p.m. Dinner is from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

They even have a take out option with a drive-thru lane at the Saline County Courthouse.

Talk about convenience. Bar-B-Que to go on a roll.

Remember, all proceeds from the Saline County Bar-B-Que provide premiums for 4-H and FFA members who exhibit at the Saline County Fair.

When I list my favorites in this world, barbecue is near the top of the list.

I confess. I'm a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

Oh, I've tried sushi and added more fish and fresh vegetables to my diet in recent years, but when it comes to food, put mine on the grill, turn it enough times on the charcoal-heated grill to make it well done, then put it on my plate.

Pork, beef, chicken -- with time spent in a savory marinade prior to being placed over the hot coals -- are large staples of my diet in the summer time.

That's why my past Memorial Day's initial Marshall barbecue experience was so deflating to me.

With my large, two bay, barbecue grill still back east, I bought one of those small, one-time-only grills containing charcoal for a Memorial Day grilling.

And, rather than get fancy, I just bought some hamburger for the main course.

I have not been fond of table-top grills in the past, and after my recent experience, I am even less fond of them now.

I ripped the plastic off the tiny, round grill and examined the contents. Inside the black grill base were the little metal legs.

Those unsteady items were tossed in the trash. Didn't need them.

Next, I found the charcoal bag. The instructions said light each corner of the bag and enjoy.

I was ready -- or so I thought.

Putting the grill on the back porch concrete floor, I proceeded to get out the matches and light away.

And light away.

And light away.

And light some more.

Yeah, right. Just light the four corners of the bag of charcoal and enjoy.

This charcoal was so bad that it wouldn't even stay lit following a liberal dosing of lighter fluid.

Oh well.

There's my T-Fal fry pan. I know it will cook those hamburgers over the gas stove.

Enjoy the Saline County Bar-B-Que.

Mason is the editor of The Marshall Democrat-News. Spectrum appears on Friday.