Pulled Pork is a form of barbecue!
"It is a method of preparation in which pork, usually shoulder cut (sometimes referred to as Boston butt) or mixed cuts, is cooked using a low-heat, long-cook method. With these extended times at low temperatures, the meat becomes tender enough that its weakened connective tissue allows the meat to be "pulled", or easily broken into individual pieces. Pulled pork is found around the world in a variety of forms." wikipedia
What is a Barbecue Breakfast? by PamSvoboda
Barbecue for Breakfast? Absolutely! In fact it's common fair in the south, especially for a big hearty breakfast. Take a look at the photo above by cchapman /flicker.com. This is a perfect exaple of a hearty barbecue breakfast. Rich pulled pork fills the plate with sauce drizzled on top of the meat. What kind of sauce is that in the photo? It could be catchup or it could be a type of barbecue sauce. Barbecue sauce is the traditional sauce for a BBQ Breakfast. Scrambled eggs and home fries (also called cottage fries) are on the plate as well. To the right of the plate is what?! Another plate! Yep it's another plate of big fat fluffy biscuits and gravy. Can it get any better than this? I-don't-think-so! Along with the wonderful items shown in the photo; grilled caramelized onions, cooked butteted mushrooms, grilled tomatoes (when in season), baked beans or pork-n-beans and even cheese grits are all common fair for a "Barbecue Breakfast" too. Barbecue Breakfast; the American south's comparison to the Full English/Full Irish Breakfastwhich is also known to include beans, mushroom and tomatoes. Cheese flavored grits go great with a barbecue breakfast along with potato cheese casserole which is also a favorite in the north. The first choice for bread is Buttermilk biscuits, where toast may be preferred in the north. If you would like to see how homemade buttermilk biscuits are made "by hand" and not with a biscuit cutter or rolling pin, then watch this vido of my Mother making biscuits. She will show you exactly how to make them!
We find that there are several favorites
when it comes to barbecue for breakfast.
- Pork: The first pick for a barbecue breakfast is usually pork meat and it's usually smoked and pulled pork as well. Smoked pulled pork seems to flavor well with scrambled eggs or fried eggs and home fries. Smoked pulled pork is even a favorite in homemade buttermilk biscuits, eaten like a sandwich right along with a full breakfast. It can be eating with or without sauce. Pork chops are also a favorite grilled breakfast food.
- Sausage: Running in second place is BBQ pork sausage. The sausage is best when grilled with special barbecue sauce until it has caramelized on the sausage. Any type of sausage is popular but pork tends to be the common ingredient in sausage anyway. Sausage can be eating with or without sauce but lightly sauced is usually the breakfast choice. Grilled caramelized onions are always cooked along side grilled sausage for breakfast. If the sausage heavily spiced, you may want to go light on the barbecue sauce or not at all. But, you musttt grill those sausages for that char flavor. Some home cooks like to score the sausage with little xxxx, or even slice the sausage in-two- so the sauce will stay on the sausage better. This is obviously a matter of choice because many cooks will tells you not to do that because to much of the taste will escape out of the sausage. Others say it's better to get rid of some of the fat anyway. Try it both ways and you decide.
- Grilled Steak: You can't beat steak and eggs for breakfast and if you've never had grilled barbecued steak for breakfast then your in for a real treat! You can grill the meat with barbecue sauce until it caramelizes or without barbecue sauce but with a bit of butter on top. The egg of choice is fried eggs over medium but omelets or scrambled style tastes fantastic too! (see scrambled egg dishes) for great ideas.
- Bologna: Even bologna is grilled! Yep I said b-o-l-o-b-n-a! You can buy bologna is long rolls where you can cut it any serving size you like. Bologna is usually cut steak slice style then cross cut with smaller cuts on the top so it hold in the barbecue sauce between the cuts as it grills. Flamed chared edges taste really good. Bologna can be cooked with or without sauce. Delishioussssss for breakfast!
- Fish: The 4th barbecue breakfast favorite is barbecue fish! Salt and peppered then basted with a mix of lemon, butter, touch of garlic and barbecue sauce, all mix up together and tossed on the grill. My Uncle Gerald loved to grill fish with barbecue sauce! Fried catfish is also a favorite for breakfast in the south. Old timers will always eat fish for breakfast only if they have fish gravy to go along with it. Now this is not the normal gravy that you think of. Fish gravy is actually cornmeal, salt, pepper and oil cooked together in a cast iron skillet until it is very very brown and gritty, just like a spread more than a gravy. Spread it on a biscuit eaten with a piece of fish and your in heaven. My gradmother loved to eat it that way and she passed on the aquired taste to me as well. Put some fried eggs on the side and I'm as happy as a pig in mud!
- Ham is also a favorite all over the country -but it's never served with barbecue sauce on top.
Do I Sauce the Meat or Not?
That's a matter of taste and a matter of which cooking method your use to actually. Any smoked meat taste great for breakfast and is popular all over the United States but not as prevalent as it is in the south. Meat served with sauce on top or meat cooked with sauce is not as popular but tends to be a favorite in the southern United States. Many people in the U.S. loves to eat catchup with their eggs and many many people love to shake hot pepper sauce on their eggs, hash browns and home fries. It only makes sense that barbecued sauced meat be added to the list of breakfast foods.
Note: A Hearty Barbecue Breakfast is served for a supper meal as well. *It's common for people in the north to put pulled BBQ pork over rice along with eggs and toast. *Great for a Brunch too! by PamSvoboda
Wikipedia tells us this about sauce:
"Each Southern locale has its own particular variety of barbecue, particularly concerning the sauce. North Carolina sauces vary by region; eastern North Carolina uses a vinegar-based sauce, the center of the state (around Lexington, NC) uses a combination of ketchup and vinegar as their base, and western North Carolina uses a heavier ketchup base.
The barbecue of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee is almost always pork served with a sweet tomato-based sauce. However, several regional variations exist as well. Alabama is particularly known for its distinctive white sauce, a mayonnaise- and vinegar-based sauce, originating in northern Alabama, used predominantly on chicken and pork. A popular item in North Carolina and Memphis is the pulled pork sandwich served on a bun and often topped with cole slaw. Pulled pork is prepared by shredding the pork after it is barbecued."
Wikipedia tells us this about pork:
"Pork is eaten in various forms, including cooked (as roast pork), cured or smoked (ham, including the Italian prosciutto) or a combination of these methods (gammon, bacon or Pancetta). It is also a common ingredient of sausages. Charcuterie is the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, many from pork. Pork is a taboo food item in Islam and Judaism, and its consumption is forbidden in these two religions."