Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021
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God bless the barbecue

We Canadians have long held on to our royal heritage, turning out in droves to greet the Queen and her family when they deign to bestow a visit upon us. Americans, however, have no such tradition. In fact, you might say that the closest thing to royal adulation south of the border is the American passion for pulled pork. This year’s coronation of all things BBQ comes around again October 2-5 at the American Royal Barbecue, the barbecue competition and festival held annually in Kansas City. Just because you’re a doctor doesn’t mean you can’t cut loose for a few days. After all, the first winner of the cook-off, in 1980, was a widely respected, Ivy League-educated pediatric psychiatrist named Rich Davis who gave up his medical practice to pursue professional grilling and a line of barbecue sauces and condiments, such as the mustard and ketchup mix he called Muschup. American Royal Barbecue tickets cost $10 at the gates or $12 if you buy them online in advance.

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