We all know that barbecue is akin to religion in North Carolina. Because of this fact, it dawned on me that perhaps there are some ‘cue-related lessons to glean from religion. Today’s post focuses on barbecue-specific teachings of the ten commandments. (If I don’t get too many “burn in hell” comments from this attempt at humor, perhaps I will return to the subject another time.)
“I am the LORD your God.” Lesson: If you’re having a whole hog pig pickin’, give Him first dibs on the ribs and tenderloin.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Lesson: To get the best parts of the pig, He must be first in line.
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.” Lesson: Don’t be the guy who asks for unsweetened tea.
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Lesson: Eat no barbecue on Sundays.
“Honor thy father and thy mother.” Lesson: When they visit, show some respect and take them to a joint that still cooks over wood.
“Thou shalt not kill.” Lesson: No killing unless it’s a hog; mere mortals gotta eat.
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” Lesson: At least pretend your spouse’s barbecue sauce recipe is the best.
“Thou shalt not steal.” Lesson: Pay at the counter like everyone else.
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” Lesson: Don’t make unfounded allegations about the quality of your neighbor’s barbecue, but if he’s cooking on a gas grill then the truth shall set him free.
“Thou shalt not covet…” Lesson: You can covet your neighbor’s barbecue, just don’t drool on his wife while standing in line for seconds.