Tomato Sandwiches with Smoked Corn Aioli

I woke up a few minutes before the Cooper-Young Farmer’s Market opened on Satuday with a determination to buy heirloom tomatoes and corn on the cob to make a tomato sandwich with a smoked corn aioli for breakfast. An episode I watched on PBS’s A Chef’s Life introduced me to the idea. I succeeded in finding tomatoes but no corn on the cob at the market. … Continue reading Tomato Sandwiches with Smoked Corn Aioli

Helen’s Bar-B-Que in Brownsville

The pork sandwich pulled from the shoulder is the star of the menu. Ms. Turner smokes her pork shoulder without a rub over an open pit over the course of a day with coals fired from hickory and oak wood. Continue reading Helen’s Bar-B-Que in Brownsville

Slugburgers at Borroum’s Drug Store

In the early 20th century, people living in the Tennessee Valley began making hamburgers with ground meat and extenders of soybean meal to cut food cost. This practice gained popularity during the Great Depression. This legacy food continues to present day in a wide belt of communities along the river in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Corinth, Mississippi hosts an annual Slugburger Festival and is widely thought … Continue reading Slugburgers at Borroum’s Drug Store

Smoked and Slow-Cooked Brisket Sliders

At a party in May, I debuted a tray of sliders made with slow-cooked brisket which received complimentary reviews. I didn’t find a recipe for what I wanted to make back then so I struck out on my own. For the Fourth of July, I revisited this creation and finalized a recipe that I am now comfortable sharing. Memphis and the Mid-South is steeped in traditions … Continue reading Smoked and Slow-Cooked Brisket Sliders