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Ribs and Corn on the Cob

Updated on July 25, 2007

Not here, no way!!

Many years ago, my entrepreneurial counterpart, my "partner in swine" if you will, and I were considering opening a new BBQ restaurant in the small southeastern town in which we lived. We had been collecting and developing what we had deemed the perfect recipes. This master collection had taken 5 long arduous years. We had also been at work developing unique flavors, sauces, and preparation techniques. After we were satisfied with our idea's and we were ready to dive headlong into restaurateur-ism, we decided to have an area study of the local population done, in order to better understand what the locals will be looking for in a dining establishment. This would help us to cull less desirable dishes thereby whittling the menu to a minimum amount of items, until a stable customer base had been established.

Our menu would include:Pork ribs, shoulder or butts slow cooked to an irresistible tenderness, and chicken. The menu would also include side items such as: Corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw and BBQ beans.There are more items but you get the idea.

We then hired a fact finding firm and commissioned them to find what these folks want from a "rib joint" then give us a detailed report. Many months went by, the firm collected the vital information and presented it to us. The facts were astonishing to us, we were at a complete loss when they told us our BBQ restaurant would be a miserable failure. We wanted to know why, after all, we had the best recipes for really good food, we just needed time to get it onto some taste buds. They said that the food was exactly the problem, "Nobody here will eat ribs or corn on the cob" the firm spokesman said. I said to him, " This is the southeast, people want ribs and corn on the cob". The firm spokesmen went into detail of the dilemma presented in this particular area of the world. They went on to explain, the local folks don't eat ribs or corn on the cob thanks to an absence of teeth. It seems that the majority of the population would love a new restaurant serving ribs, but dental depravity is king in the southeastern USA.

Our dreams shattered and our iron wills rusting and falling into devastation, I had another idea. I shared it with my "partner in swine", we began our recipe gathering and flavor development rituals once again. 2 years later we are ready to once again roll the dice. We opened the doors 5 years ago today, we are doing very well financially and sell 10,000 pounds of food per week. We built our customer base with unique flavors and service, thanks to the firm and their fact gathering. You are invited to come in and try our decidedly different food in Deliverance, GA. You'll find our modest restaurant on Chitterlings Ave. You can't miss us. Look for the sign, "At Sucking Soup, we bring it with a straw"!!!

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    • Ole Number One profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Hyde 

      11 years ago from Louisiana

      The closest I have been to KC is Cullman Al. (MapQuest will show you) Thats where there is a sign that says, "Don't let the sun go down on your black ass in Cullman, Al." That was far enough North for me, you Yanks are weird.

    • jigglebilly profile image

      jigglebilly 

      11 years ago

      REPOST FOR EDIT: lol, i love the comments #1....but seriously..where have you eaten BBQ in KC? There are some places that are worse than others.

      sorry about the grammar...there needs to be an edit button

    • jigglebilly profile image

      jigglebilly 

      11 years ago

      lol, i love the comments #1....but seriously..where have eaten BBQ in KC? There are some that are worse than others

    • Ole Number One profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Hyde 

      11 years ago from Louisiana

      I do not doubt for a minute you are a snack and chips expert, most stoners are, but I know a good rib and BBQ when I taste it. KC style BBQ tastes like bong water!

      #1

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      jigglebilly 

      11 years ago

      hey #1...you should come up to KC some time and taste some damn good BBQ...im sure it pales in comparison to yours....but i bet youd find something you like

      -Jiggle

    • Isabella Snow profile image

      Isabella Snow 

      11 years ago

      Oh! I read it as you've been selling ribs and corn on the cob for 5 years now, despite what you'd been told! I guess I need a lesson in comprehension! ;)

    • Ole Number One profile imageAUTHOR

      Tim Hyde 

      11 years ago from Louisiana

      I would send you some BBQ, but we only deal in soup. I can send you an awsome bucket of Bisque.

      #1

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      Isabella Snow 

      11 years ago

      Wow, I'm so hungry for BBQ now. Send me a care package? BBQ just doesn't exist over here. :(

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