Bologna isn’t really a food I would have expected to get its own “national” holiday, though if you think about it, as one of the most popular lunch foods in the U.S., it makes more sense! But did you know you could do more with it than just make a sandwich?
National Bologna Day is this Friday, October 24th. A sausage that’s typically sliced for sandwiches, bologna is available in a lot of varieties, like beef, chicken, and turkey, and can also contain various spices.
It doesn’t need to be just for lunch anymore either, and you don’t need to resort a fried bologna sandwich for variety, either! Below is a recipe from Jim Neely, and though it does require the use of a smoker, you can put one together yourself pretty easily.
BBQ Bologna Sandwich
from Jim Neely via Food Network
1 (3-pound) bologna
1 cup canola oil
1 loaf Texas toast, sliced 1-inch thick
Prepared cole slaw, for topping
Your favorite BBQ sauce
~ Prepare a smoker.
~ Using a large, 2-pronged fork, poke several holes into bologna. Place bologna in the smoker and smoke for 3 hours over indirect heat, or until ends of bologna start to swell.
~ Pour oil into a heavy bottomed medium-size frying pan. Heat oil to 350 degrees F.
~ Cut bologna into 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick slices. When oil is hot, fry bologna slices, 1 at a time, for 1 minute each.
~ Remove each slice to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Place each slice of bologna between 2 pieces of Texas toast, first topping with a small scoop of cole slaw and then drizzling with BBQ sauce.