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I grew up in a small town in southern Vermont. The fire departments in town and around us would do chicken roasts for fundraisers. It has always been my favorite chicken, and never duplicated. Came across this article the other day, marinated some over night, and can hardly wait to fire up the coals! An fun and interesting read, and maybe some memories for some... https://www.atlasobscura.com/article...zCbEMrShz-T_Mc

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Cornell chicken - mmmmmmmmm good
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Our VFD sells fireworks at great prices. Go figure, eh?
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Goes on frequently at the Brush Valley, PA. VFD.
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Couldn't wait, charcoal burning!
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In central Texas we did BBQ chicken fundraisers. Half chickens, slow roasted over coals in a covered pit and basted with a vinegar/butter/egg mop. Sounds similar, except we turned them with tongs. This was in the 60's but I think they still cook them the same way.
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In eastern Pa the fundraiser of choice was a clam boil. Two pound bag of clams, ear of corn, Cole slaw and a beer! Nothing better.
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I know of pig roasts...not chicken roasts....looks and sounds yummie tho!
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The Huli Huli chicken from the roadside stands in Hawaii

is mighty tasty. They have their own way of doing rotisserie chicken



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We get it at the annual fair
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We have Amish chicken barbecues every Sat here in Amish country during the summer. Chicken, ribs, potato salad, macaroni salad, home made root beer and ice cream etc.
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In Missouri, the local fire departments cook ribs to raise money to send kids to Burn Recovery Camp.
You have to place orders early because there is quite the demand as professional chefs assist in the operation.
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Originally Posted by skibum View Post
I grew up in a small town in southern Vermont. The fire departments in town and around us would do chicken roasts for fundraisers. It has always been my favorite chicken, and never duplicated. Came across this article the other day, marinated some over night, and can hardly wait to fire up the coals! An fun and interesting read, and maybe some memories for some... https://www.atlasobscura.com/article...zCbEMrShz-T_Mc
It was a pretty big deal back in the day where I'm from but it doesn't happen much anymore. Fourth of July was prime time because most farmers were done cutting first crop hay and had a break before cattle corn and second cut hay. The broilers were ready to be processed, three day weekend for regular folk, if we had a good spring the early corn was reading for picking, strawberries and rhubard were in season, and everyone gathered for good eats and quality time with friends and neighbors.

Simpler times. I have fond memories of those days but I think they are behind us.
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Chicken Bogs in SC
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Over here it was clam and lobster boils. Popular at the sportsman’s clubs. Can’t recall chicken other than as a side.
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This sounds very similar to the BBQ Chicken dinners we used to do as fundraisers for the VFD my family runs.

And in the fall, it was chicken stew. NOT chicken pastry, you Eastern NC weirdos.



I still remember the flavor of that chicken... delicious.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post
Over here it was clam and lobster boils. Popular at the sportsman’s clubs. Can’t recall chicken other than as a side.
Another good one and an event that continues to this day here. Forty years ago we vacillated between a clam bake or compost but there's big money in that game these days.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
This sounds very similar to the BBQ Chicken dinners we used to do as fundraisers for the VFD my family runs.

And in the fall, it was chicken stew. NOT chicken pastry, you Eastern NC weirdos.



I still remember the flavor of that chicken... delicious.
Did you just write BBQ Chicken?

So you do know that that word means.
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
Did you just write BBQ Chicken?

So you do know that that word means.
Lol...touche sir.

Its always been a bit confusing for me as well...sometimes we'd refer to it as "barbecued chicken" even though everyone knows it's not a verb!

Well done.
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Hey, if it’s regional and involves burning hardwood and some meat, it’s probably at least edible. And I want to try it. We can debate on what’s the best way to do things in all sorts of threads. I’ll settle for damn good any day of the week.

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