We’re approaching the 4th anniversary of the Peach Pundit Road Show, where we’ve visited with readers and the Georgia political community in various locations across the state. We’ve decided it is time to move from just occasionally talking about the main dish of Georgia politics and get out and try some on your home turf. And thus, between now and the July 2014 primary, we – contributors and readers alike – shall embark on the Peach Pundit BBQ Tour.
The concept and goal is fairly simple (though we’re still working on the exact details). We will visit a barbecue restaurant in each of Georgia’s 14 Congressional districts between now and the time we vote during next year’s primary. This means we have to average about one per month starting “very soon”.
We will welcome your suggestions as to which places to try, but logistics of location (and a suggestion by a local Congressman who may wish to participate) will be allowed to sway the decision of the site selection committee, who will remain anonymous but will freely accept bribes. We’ll give you as much notice as we can, and you’ll be picking up your own check. After all, we’ve had a zero dollar gift cap around here forever – meaning we don’t buy you any gifts, but the pleasure of our company is free.
Also – and you should listen very closely here – we don’t care if you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or politically agnostic – but as taught to me by Georgia’s literary patron saint Lewis Grizzard, “barbecue” is a noun, and it means pulled pork. This is non-negotiable. You may have a great restaurant that you know of that cooks a great brisket. You may have found the best rib joint in the southeast. But we’re looking for barbecue, made the Georgia way by Georgians.
If you think “barbecue” is a verb, then check with Rick Perry on how he’s coming with those citizenship applications for the Republic of Texas. If you think BBQ sauce is vinegar and red pepper, my mother would like a ride to visit the North Carolina side of our family when you’re ready to head out (I’ll gladly accept a carry out plate on the return trip, and bring hushpuppies. But don’t confuse it with our BBQ.) If you think BBQ sauce is mustard based, get on your knees and apologize to God right now.
We will be looking for pulled pork with tomato based sauce. And we will find it in a location near you.
As for the order, we’re also going to try and select Congressional districts that are less likely to have an open contest for Congress at first, giving other districts where we expect an open seat or competitive primary time to have the races develop a bit before we put a spotlight on that area. Thus, in the interest of getting this off the ground quickly we’re going to start with three fairly close to home. Georgia 7 , Georgia 3, and Georgia 13 will be first on deck.
So, here’s your chance for input that we will pretend to take under advisement. Who has the best barbecue in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District? How about Georgia 3? Georgia 13? Be prepared to tell me if your answer includes Brunswick Stew that is free of green vegetables (or for you weirdoes when we get to GA 12, carrots). Pulled pork is the only requirement, but I will judge each of you if we end up at a place that puts English peas in the stew.
We’re going to eat some Georgia BBQ. And we look forward to eating it with some of you. Others, not so much.