Redneck food, Roadkill etc
K, I know this is weird, but some friends and I go to a tournament every year where all the teams have a theme...ours is Redneck.
I am in charge of the food and I'm hoping to do something "authentic". I am looking for any recipes, food sources etc that will fit the bill.
Any help is appreciated
I am from Nashville TN so I have eaten my fair share of redneck food, if you are cooking for a large crowd or say 10 people? Here are my recommendations.
Group BBq sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, macaroni and cheese ,
corn lite bread (its like a loaf of cornbread but sweeter)
and of course banana pudding or chess pie.
Other options would be pinto beans and cornbread with chow chow
and fried pies
fried chicken, friend okra, cornbread, sweet tea, black eyed peas and hog jaw,
green bean casserole, sweet potatoe casserole with marshmallow topping,
dessert, fudge pie, red velvet cake, chess pies,
anything made with jello, is instantly redneck, a good jello mold LOL
check out white trash cooking websites online
and anything with jack daniels in it becomes redneck!
I live in NC; what the poster above described is Southern food, not redneck food. Redneck food can be described as canned white bread road kill fried junk type food.
I included some links below to give you a couple of ideas of the difference.
I have to say that down here, some do eat road kill but then some trap instead of eating what they run into. Raccoon, opossum and squirrel would be authentic enough if the OP could get it. Rednecks like to hunt, which is how I got all that deer in my freezer (my neighbors); any wild game would suffice though & everyone will be impressed...
I done et roadkill, shore 'nuff.
Must be close to 25 years ago now, a little old lady in my home town hit and killed a deer with her pickup, and rather than waste all that good meat, she field dressed it on the spot, cut it into manageable pieces, and took it home. We, being the poor pastor's family, got some of that meat.
Now, if you come across it on the road I don't reckon you should eat it, but if it's freshly killed? Fair game. (*cymbal crash* "Thank you, I'll be here all week!")
Oh I just had a real idea. I'm from the south. Put a pig in the ground! It will be authentic and great.
In case you haven't figured it out... putting a pig in the ground refers to digging a pit and starting a fire. A big fire and let it die down to coals. Cover the coals with dirt or rocks and dirt. Put a whole pig wrapped in aluminum foil on top of the dirt. Cover the whole thing with more dirt. If you want to do it a little quicker, you could build another fire on top. It doesn't have to be a huge pig and you might want to oil and season the skin so it gets crisp.
I haven't done it a lot but you should probably be able to look up the finer techniques. I am serious about this. No one will forget the pig they ate.
Hunting trips to Wyoming, Utah and Colorado provide us with great opportunities for redneck cookouts. If we can shoot a few squirrels it's squirrel stew and if we score a deer or elk I will sometimes use portions of it for camp meat. Just make sure you have a good cast iron dutch oven, some bacon, beans, flour, salt, water and a cast iron frying pan. Oh, yea, a bottle of good quality whiskey is needed for the gravy.
Not sure if it exactly meets the redneck theme, but check out Ernest Mickler's "White Trash Cooking". Includes recipes for squirrel,rabbit, gator tail, cooter, among other more conventional dishes. Here's a couple of links: to the book on google books, and purchasing it from Amazon:
Pork rinds topped with Louisiana Hot Sauce is redneck heaven. And then there's Slim Jims--redneck necessity. My old uncle Clarence (RIP) used to make pickled boiled eggs. Never had the guts to try 'em, but I suspect they'd qualify as redneck food. And fried chicken gizzards, it goes without saying.
re: Perilagu Khan
Pickled eggs are bar food in New England as well, and quite tasty, if not just a wee bit rubbery. A little beet juice in the pickling brine brings a splash of color to the party.
The eggs are sometimes referred to as a "boneless chicken dinner." New England rednecks have a keen sense of humor.
re: Perilagu Khan
Thanks for all the tips, links etc. I will definitely use some of the sides suggested (how could I have overlooked a huge jello mold filled with multicoloured marshmallows, lol)
I think I'll probably do some pigs feet for the main but I would love to do some actual "game" as well. Does anyone know of any links where I can buy possum, squirrel, or any type of "varmint" online?
So my final menu looks something like this. Thanks again for the help. Any comments, changes etc are welcome.
Baked beans with Weiner Octopuses and Bacon Cheese Turtleburgers (see pic)
Boiled Pigs Feet
"Meat" braised in Jack Daniels and RC Cola (hopefully i can find an interesting protein like possum, squirrel or coon...if not, prob venison or something similar)
Twinkie Pie (Basically layers of twinkies and vanilla pudding)
Before anyone corrects me, think about whether or not a redneck would know the word Octopodi... :)
Sorry, I've got to add to this some of the things I've experienced.
Saltines with aerosol cheese with half a canned vienna sausage on top.
Cold flour tortilla, slice of Bar-S bologna and cheap mustard rolled up.
Now if you are having a formal PWT redneck event you self cater, "A whole bunch of big 'ol bags of Macdonalds"