Don't get me wrong, I love BBQ. I eat it a lot. I can't wait for the BBQ contest at the Cabin Fever Sports Show. Even so, I'm not sure I'm sold on the idea of making BBQ the "National Dish of America."

Wendy's once pushed White House petition to get BBQ recognized as the nation's official dish, back when they added BBQ items to their menu, and I've heard it suggested by other BBQ fans, as well.

While the White House petition was 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 Even the hamburger might be something to consider. Or what about a stew (you know, since our country is a "melting pot" and everything)? What do you think? If we had to select a national dish, would you choose BBQ, or something else?

Whether or not BBQ is America's official national dish, it's pretty darn good! How many other foods have as many festivals, competitions, and celebrations across the country as BBQ? Very few. Our BBQ contest in Sedalia is coming up. The Jones Bros. Marine Cabin Fever BBQ Contest will take return to the Cabin Fever Sports Show on Saturday, February 13 at the Mathewson Exhibition Center at the Missouri State Fairgrounds. Contestants will need to cook their very best chicken thighs, pork ribs and brisket in order to walk away with a trophy. First through third places will be honored during the contest. It’s $50 to participate, with proceeds benefiting BIKERS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE® (B.A.C.A.®) in the Sedalia area.