BBQ for Breakfast?
It might seem odd to talk about barbecue and breakfast in the same breath. Barbecue is, after all, a mid day meal. The great Aaron Franklin himself talks about how he thinks his culinary art is too heavy and mealy for dinner. Barbecue as a mid day meal is a long-held tradition and most true smokehouses make enough for the mid day rush and then when they’re out, they’re out. The legendary Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, TX is famous for running out before visitors from out of town can get their hands on some. So barbecue for breakfast seems like an odd topic, but it’s an important one.
When you stop and you think about barbecue, most if not all of the magic comes from the maker themselves - the saucing, the seasoning, their approach or their special trick. The medium itself is pretty simple - meat in the form of beef, pork or fowl and sides of your choice. The glory is in the quality of the brisket, not the variety of types of brisket. Barbecue for breakfast is an opportunity to challenge that convention and it’s something that’s popping up more often at legitimate barbecue joints.
I pondered this concept just the other day as I ate a Bill Miller breakfast taco. Bill Miller’s is a central Texas barbecue chain famous more for its old west motif and brisket po boy sandwich than anything else. The Bill Miller smoked sausage, egg and cheese breakfast taco is, however, a morning delight. A normally passable link of sausage is transformed into a near delicacy with just a little creativity.
So that got the wheels turning, forcing me to look to see if this is a bigger trend. Low and behold, it seems barbecue for breakfast is on the rise.
“The earlier you arrive, the better your chances are of not crossing paths with the “sold out” sign. There’s now another incentive for barbecue lovers to rise early: barbecue for breakfast. Many local ’cue joints are opening at the crack of dawn for the most important meal of the day.
To entice customers, and also stretch their legs creatively, most are offering unique items unavailable during lunch or dinner.”
And, as it turns out, September 5 is officially (I think officially) Barbecue Your Breakfast Day.
So to help you get in on this trend, positioning you as the barbecue insider, I’ve noted some recipes and articles that can help kick start your new found window in the barbecue universe.
If you’re like me the idea of eating barbecue for breakfast is likely a lot more enticing than actually making it for breakfast. But, if you want to push the envelope and up your smoker game, breakfast is a great way to do it.