Should BBQ be the National Dish of America? [Poll]
Don't get me wrong, I love BBQ. I eat it a lot. Even so, I'm not sure I'm sold on the idea of making BBQ the "National Dish of America."
Wendy's is currently behind a White House petition to get BBQ recognized as the nation's official dish. They recently added BBQ items to their menu, and this campaign, which they admit to being "tongue-in-cheek," is part of their promotional efforts.
While the White House petition is obviously a publicity stunt, I can see that there is probably a solid case to be made for BBQ as our national dish. It's been around forever, and there are a ton of regional varieties popular across the U.S. AmazingRibs.com says that even the father of our country, George Washington, enjoyed a good barbecue.
Even though I can see the argument for BBQ, it seems there plenty of other foods that would be good candidates for the national dish designation. The traditional Thanksgiving turkey comes to mind. Why not corn? What about hot dogs and apple pie (you can't eat baseballs or Chevrolets)? Even the hamburger might be something to consider. Or what about a stew (you know, since our country is a "melting pot" and everything)? BBQ would make a fine choice as a national dish - if we absolutely had to designate a national dish, and I'm not convinced we should, but that's an argument for another time - but there are also plenty of other foods that could just as validly represent the country.
What do you think? If we had to select a national dish, would you choose BBQ, or something else?