Ranking the most popular foods found at every barbecue
Happy Memorial Day, Philadelphia.
Whether you’re spending the holiday safely social distancing on the beach or holding a backyard barbecue, there’s going to be one thing everyone has in common — a plethora of food. So — of course — we had to rank the top choices that should be at any gathering (whether we agree with it, or not).
Before you dive into those multiple helpings of food though, remember to give thanks and honor all the men and women who lost their lives serving our country.
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10. Ambrosia salad
Let’s put this on the list of items we don’t agree with at a barbecue. Actually, this is the only item on this ranking that falls under that category — but for some reason, a bowl of this magically appears every single time.
Has anyone ever actually seen someone eat this? A bowl of fruit and sour cream under the hot sun sounds less than appetizing, to say the least.
A decent addition to any dish, but it doesn’t have the power to stand alone. Another item that if it’s left out in the sun, chances are, it’s going to be soggy and unappealing.
If it’s freshly made and held in the refrigerator until it’s time to eat though, well … I’m still going to pass on it 90% of the time. Sorry, slaw.
A tasty and refreshing treat that you don’t even have to wait until the end of a meal to enjoy. It’s a holiday, after all — have your food in whatever order you please.
7. Chips and dip
Another delicious side at any event, but these can also stand alone. Have them as an appetizer, a snack to pick on, an addition to your sandwich — and there are dozens of options to choose from.
Mini ranking inside of a ranking:
2. Lay’s Wavy original
1. Doritos. Doritos. Doritos.
And don’t even get me started on dips. They’re wonderful. Each and every one of them.
6. Fruits and vegetables
There’s something about having these during a barbecue that just elevates the flavor to a whole new level. Whether it be a cold fruit or vegetable tray, or hot off the grill, it’s hard to pass up.
Also, corn on the cob is easily the best side to any dish.
5. Potato salad
The absolute best kind of salad one can have.
That’s it. That’s the slide.
4. Hot dogs
While it’s a barbecue staple — I often associate hot dogs as a ballpark food, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Oh, what I would give to be spending the holiday over at Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game … even though they technically weren’t slated to play on May 25, 2020. It’s just a dream, anyway.
Plus, if you’re a fan of debates — just ask what condiments people prefer on their hot dogs. Chance are, a lot of yelling will be involved.
Perhaps these would be higher on the rankings if we could ever try some our own Derrick Gunn’s famous ribs. The way he hypes them up on social media definitely makes it seem like they could earn a spot in the top two.
Hey, maybe one day, right?
2. Ice cream
Let’s be real … there’s never a wrong time for ice cream.
On a day that unofficially kicks off the summer though — having your favorite flavor on a sugar cone (or waffle cone, no judgement zone over here) just feels right.
That’s right — a cheeseburger. Hamburgers did not make the cut, nor will they ever. When one knows they’re attending a barbecue, these tend to be one of the first food options that come to mind. I can’t be the only one who mentally prepares plates before actually arriving at an event, right?
Either way, my dish is always built around a burger right off the grill.
Happy eating, Philly!