Celebrated Slugburgers

The annual Slugburger Festival is this weekend in Corinth.  They’re even having a Slug Idol.  It’s too bad they don’t have a pageant, or there’d be a Miss Slug.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!  When I was little, pageants were my *thing* — I didn’t play a sport, I did pageants.  In our library, we have all my trophies, including my tallest one, this 7-foot one I won in Atlanta:

Most Beautiful Girl Pageant, Atlanta GA

For all the rhinestone-encrusted crowns, one of my favorite, though, was this paper-and-glitter number that I wore in the ’80s when I represented my 5th grade at homecoming.  Oh those blessed hair wings!  Farrah-la-la:
Ginger and Steve Duke and Dutchess Sunray Elementary 1982

I have a friend who wears a tiara whenever she cooks supper or vacuums.

Now, the Louisiana Association of Fairs and Festivals has pictures of most of the state queens on their website.  Whereas I’ve been a Little Miss Cotton and Miss Snowflake and so on — one year when I won an Easter-themed pageant, besides my trophy I got a real live bunny (!!) — I wish I could have gone on to have the title of some of these queens: Miss Zwolle Tamale, Miss Natchitoches Meat Pie, Miss Shrimp and Petroleum, Miss Cajun Hot Sauce, Miss Creole Gumbo…the list goes on.  And those crowns and scepters!  The Creole Gumbo festival organizers did themselves proud.

I would really aspire to be — even though they don’t have a pageant — Miss RC and Moon Pie.  That’s a great festival.

Well, maybe next year there will be a Miss Slug, or Miss Slugburger.

In Corinth, where the Slugburger Festival is, slugburgers probably got started at Borroum’s Drug Store which has been in business since 1865 and is Mississippi’s oldest drugstore and soda fountain:

Their menu explains slugburgers:

“Slugburgers are a mixture of ground pork, soy flour, and spices. The mixture is flattened into a patty and deep fried in vegetable fat. The patty is placed on a hamburger bun with garnish of mustard, pickle, and onion.

Developed during the Depression when money was scarce and so was meat, slugburgers were made with a mixture of beef and pork, potato flour as an extender, and spices, then fried in animal fat. Mrs. Weeks, credited with creating one of the first, found the ‘burgers’ were a way to make meat go a little farther at the family hamburger stand.

Selling for a nickel, sometimes called a slug, the imitation hamburgers became known as slugburgers.”
The house specialty, slugburger:

Av and I have actually tried to do our own un-scientific but yummy Slugburger research, including an unfinished Slugburger Trail.  Here’s my friend Amy interviewing a restaurant in Decatur about them for the Southern Foodways Alliance:

Dr. Franklin Penn – C. F. Penn Hamburgers from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.

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