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Barbecue warning, please read if you bought Simmons’ BBQ

Alabama Firm Recalls Barbecue Pork Products Due To Mislabeling and an Undeclared Allergen

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2011 – Simmons’ Barbecue, Inc. a Guntersville, Ala., establishment is recalling approximately 4,680 pounds of barbecue pork products because they contain an undeclared allergen, whey, which is not declared on the label. Whey is a known allergen.

The products subject to recall include:

  • 5-lb. vacuum sealed packages of “Simmons’ BARBECUE, INC. Bar-be-cue Pork With Sauce”
  • 5-lb. vacuum sealed packages of “Simmons’ BARBECUE, INC. Bar-be-cue Pork With Thick Sauce.”

Each package bears the establishment number “19523” inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as a packaging date.

The products were packaged on Nov. 30, 2010 through Feb. 8, 2011, and shipped to wholesalers that distributed to restaurants in Ala., Ga., Miss., and Tenn.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a routine inspection, and may have occurred because of a change in ingredients at the establishment. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers, including restaurants, of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s Owner, Frank “Bud” Simmons, at (256) 508-9688.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Michelle Obama, trapped in the barbecue wars

“Charlotte is a city marked by its Southern charm, warm hospitality and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.”

First lady Michelle Obama finds herself in the middle of the Carolina barbecue wars.

Some North Carolina barbecue connoisseurs are roasting Obama for saying Charlotte — the newly picked city for the 2012 Democratic Party convention — has “great barbecue.”

John Shelton Reed — the author of Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue — told the Associated Press: “Complete the sentence: As a barbecue town, Charlotte is one, not what it used to be; two, like Minneapolis for gumbo; three, good enough for Yankees; four, not far from Shelby.”

Shelby is a small town near Charlotte, which is known for barbecue.

It’s a North Carolina thing, we guess.

Perhaps Obama — who also praised Charlotte for its vibrancy, diversity and opportunity — should have gone with what Charlotte is, in fact, known for: Home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

It’s also possible that Mrs. Obama wanted to pay tribute to the entire North and South Carolina area, where barbecue is indeed king; Charlotte sits very near the state line.

On the other hand, the hardcore barbecue lobby is hard to satisfy. Its intense debates — vinegar-based vs. mustard-based, eastern North Carolina vs. western North Carolina, South Carolina vs. North Carolina — will never end. And don’t discount rural resentment of the “big city.”

Besides — and The Oval once lived in the area long ago — there IS barbecue in Charlotte, and it’s OK. So give the first lady a break.

The Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, isn’t taking the barbecue attacks lying down.

It sent out an e-mail with tributes to Charlottle barbecue, including this one from the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority’s “Taste of Charlotte” guide:

“Barbecue is a non-negotiable must-have in North Carolina, so stop by Mac’s Speed Shop for a taste of some Southern favorites including pulled pork, ribs, chili, Brunswick stew, and Mac’s own delectable mac n’ cheese. Half biker bar and half restaurant, this spot has earned a tasty reputation. Connoisseurs like renowned chef Mario Batali and Rick Browne of TV’s ‘Barbecue America’ are big fans.”

Here, by the way, is part of what Obama said about Charlotte, in an e-mail announcing the city’s selection as 2012 convention host:

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Taste of NFL fundraiser in Dallas

A Taste of the NFL showcases chefs in each of the 32 cities in the National Football League. Each chef is teamed with an active or retired player from their respective team. The chefs are chosen based on originality, quality of their menu, restaurant ratings, reviews and the chef’s community involvement. The Saturday night event, which will be attended by 3,000 people at the Fort Worth Convention Center, has raised more than $16 million over the past 20 years for hunger-related charities.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Taste of NFL.

What To Think Of When Shopping For An Outdoor BBQ Grill

Using an outdoor bbq grill is among one of the most well-known and exciting regular outdoor activities in the States. It’s where you could ask your mates over for that barbecue party or simply just put in good times with the entire family on a Sunday. Almost all households have an outdoor barbecue grill at home to use all the time.

Outdoor barbecue can be done by using different barbecue equipment. For each equally, the yard barbecue and barbecue places to eat, one could make use of the regular charcoal barbecue, gas barbecue as well as the electrical barbecue grill. On the other hand, when you are having barbecue smokers in the great outdoors, it is sensible to use gas burners preferably, better than carrying sacks of charcoal along with you for that charcoal grill.

You will find varied barbecue dishes one could offer to the friends and family members; there are actually barbecue pork, ribs, fish, as well as other meat and seafoods. Barbecue grilling is also recommended with regard to healthy eating for the reason that you may easily prepare a meal by way of barbecuing it instead of frying that will add oil to your food.

Here are some of the items you can look at when buying an outdoor barbecue grill:

First is the durability of the barbecue grill. By simply choosing a good quality of grill, you are guaranteed of utilizing it repeatedly for that very long time.

Next is the size of the grill. It’s usually better to possess a barbecue grill that may cater to several food items simultaneously. This can save you time in preparing them.

On the other hand, if you may be of the exciting side, a person who usually wants to barbecue in the great outdoors, then it is sensible for you to acquire the handy ones for you to take them wherever you go. Gas barbecue is the most popular type of barbecue grill for this purpose.

Needless to say, it truly is a terrific characteristic of a barbecue grill, equally for home and outdoors, if it is easy to maintain.

You can browse online to find various types of outdoor bbq grills. You may also read through some reviews to be able to evaluate each item along with their selling prices for you to quickly determine which one to pay for depending on your choice and funds.