Bologna has a bad rep, and in many cases, it is well deserved.
You might be surprised to know that this lowly sandwich meat has regal origins. The original sausage was made in Bologna, Italy, and to its discerning followers, it is known as Mortadella.
Enterprising immigrants started making mortadella in the United States, but somehow the standards began to slip. It was no longer, the elegant, smooth, and delightful sausage it once was, but had slipped into a low-class existence many people are ashamed of today.
But there is something you can do with the lowly bologna that is pretty darned good. Barbecue it. Yep, that’s right. A thick slice of bologna, smoked, then seared and eaten on a sandwich with lots of barbecue sauce is a thing of wonder. Go ahead, give it a try.
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BARBECUE BOLOGNA SANDWICH
1/2 thick slices of bologna
Barbecue sauce of your choice
Hearth locally baked bread
Smoker and heavy skillet
Oil as needed
Smoke the bologna in your smoker for 2 to 3 hours. Remove and sear in a heavy bottom pan, with just a bit of oil, until well browned. Place on slice on a piece of bread, anoint with sauce, close up the sandwich and enjoy.