Seven Fires for cooking

1) a parilla grill with a mother fire supplying it with charcoal.  2) a chapa griddle.  3) horno de barro, a wood oven. 4) caldero cauldron. 5) rescoldo, cooking in ashes. 6) infiernillo, cooking between two fires.  7) asador, cooking things standing over a fire on an iron cross.

Smithfield BBQ Restaurant

A large ceramic sink with a generous mirror and stack of paper towels.

  • next to the order counter
  • next to the front door
  • next to the tables and booths.

Presumably there are moments

  • when eating vinegar/mustard slaw, eastern Carolina pulled-pork, and baked beans
  • when table napkins are not enough,
  • when a trip to the restroom is extreme
  • when a diner has to roll up his sleeves, plunge hands into a basin of soapy water and clean up before, during, or after a big meal.

Wait, there’s more

On a chain

Sometimes, even when my family lived a half mile from Interlochen State Park, we would take the camper over for a long weekend. Play cards at picnic tables. Fish in Duck Lake. Ride bikes. Sit around the fire. No phones or TV. Just a cockapoo on a chain, smelling a thousand interesting things.