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April 11, 2014

BBQ MY WAY: Controversy at The Masters

The most popular, most highly revered golf tournament in the world has been experiencing unthinkable controversy and patron complaints on the golf course at Augusta National. Patron complaints are unacceptable to the green jacket wearing membership who pride themselves in hosting the most efficient golf tournament in the history of golf tournaments. In fact, this controversy began brewing last year.

And what might this controversy be? Please take a seat. They changed the supplier of the pimento cheese sandwich. They have attempted to take the making of the pimento cheese sandwiches “in- house” and recreate the recipe themselves. It has been reported that the end result is a gummed up mess.

Thirty years ago, the members at Augusta National asked local chicken restaurant called “The Wife Saver” to take over the preparation of the chicken sandwich. Evidently for years a piece of fried chicken (bones and all) was served on a white bun, but the members were getting tired of all the discarded bones all over the golf course. So, they asked “The Wife Saver” to create a boneless piece of fried chicken to be served on a bun at room temperature. After three years of tweaking they got it right.

The membership then asked “The Wife Saver” to try and recreate the pimento cheese sandwich. The guy who originally made the cheese spread obviously wasn’t going to tell him the secret, so he went on a quest to recreate it as well. Someone had frozen a pint of the original pimento cheese spread so they were able to constantly compare during the testing and tweaking. It’s sharp cheddar cheese, pimentos and mayo, and a fourth secret ingredient. Again, he figured it out.

All was good for many years until last year when Augusta National decided to bring all concessions “in-house” in 2013. And the owner of “The Wife Saver” refused to give up the secret ingredient for the pimento cheese spread. He still hasn’t budged.

I’ve had many pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches at The Masters. I feel pretty confident after many attempts at recreating the recipes that I’m darn close. Give them a try and tell me what you think.

Both sandwiches are to be served on simple, white bread.

Augusta Egg Salad Sandwich

7 large hard boiled eggs – diced real fine

1 tsp prepared yellow mustard

1⁄2 cup real mayonnaise

1⁄2 tsp onion salt

1⁄2 tsp sugar

1⁄2 tsp black pepper

Augusta Pimento Cheese Sandwich

1 1⁄2 lb. finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1⁄2 cup horseradish sauce (looks like mayo)

1⁄2 cup real mayonnaise

1 Tbs mustard

1 7-ounce jar pimentos (drained and finely chopped)

 1 healthy dash of your favorite hot sauce (my addition)

 Whip all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

— Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Jeffersonville by day and a BBQ enthusiast on nights and weekends. He is also a Kansas City Barbecue Society judge. Liz is his wife. You can contact Dave with your BBQ, grilling or questions at BBQ-My-Way.com or at davelobeck@gmail.com

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