Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Relic Tray: Big Boy Barbecue Book

Posted by on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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Plan your teen party now!
Everyone needs a vintage barbecue cookbook during the summer months. The art of grilling outdoor evokes those happy days when good ol' Dad -- not my dad, but I'm talking metaphorically here -- put on an apron and oven mitts and a chef's toque just like the good ol' Dad on the cover of the spiral-bound Big Boy Barbecue Book, published in 1956 by the Big Boy Manufacturing Company (maker of barbecue grills) and Kingsford Chemical (producer of those easy-light charcoal briquets).

The cover is somewhat confusing: Dad has his sleeves rolled up and two young girls are wearing summer outfits as they watch him cooking steaks -- at least three inches thick, so that you know this is the 1950s. But in the background are autumn mums and a festive display of pumpkins and gourds. At any rate, the book sold for $1 in 1956, back when a gallon of gas was 23 cents.

The book includes tips for throwing a Teen Age Party that will "keep kids in their own back yard" and instead of, presumably, off somewhere being juvenile delinquents. Among the cool refreshments: "Mugs of milk are welcome!"

For dessert? Get the teens together to make barbecued spiced bananas!

BARBECUED SPICED BANANAS

Peel bananas. Place each banana on a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Brush with lemon juice. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar; dust with cinnamon and nutmeg and dot with butter or margarine. Wrap the foil securely around the banana, twisting ends. Barbecue on grill for 7 to 9 minutes.

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