Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen
The Snoot sandwiches that I have seen and shared are indeed slices of "Pig-Nose" (cross-sections) deep fried then smothered in BBQ sauce and slapped between two pieces of white bread (or a burger bun) with a few pickle chips. They used to be a common St Louis area bar-food. We may be talking about two different menu items here?????
Mr. Mayor, I will not argue with you on this. You have seen what you have seen; you have eaten what you have eaten, while I have merely read
about the famed snoot sandwiches.
As I mentioned, in his book, "Smokestack Lightning"(the barbecue version of "On the Road," for those not familiar), Lolis Eric Elie quotes Boonie, a long time East St. Louis resident, in describing the snoot sandwich:
"You talking about the hog' face," he says, tracing the outline of his own face to indicate clearly that the snoot is composed mostly of the cheeks. "The first thing with snoots is you got to cut 'em on the inside or they'll curl up on you. You have to cut 'em"..."Put 'em on the grill fat side down. And you don't put nothing on it. Not even salt and pepper-hey it's gon' have its flavor."
Later in the same chapter Mr. Elie describes a variety of snoot sandwich experiences that both contradict and confirm Boonie's description. At Moe's Barbecue, he is served a sandwich that is indeed grilled but slathered in barbecue sauce. In other cases he likens the texture of the snoot to cracklins, implying some degree of deep frying.
Although there is no indication anywhere that the snoot in an East St. Louis snoot sandwich is actually snout, there is enough variance in its preparation and description to make me believe that somewhere, someone is making their snoot sandwiches with snout.
I envy you, Mr. Mayor; your opportunity to try this very localized delicacy, and hope, one day to get my very own snoot sandwich while passing through the greater East St. Louis area.
P.S. Perhaps this will be the latest menu addition at drsmoke's place. Surely he'd be the only guy in Maryland serving snoot!