While I would admit the pig may be a more "versatile" animal, I have to defend my base here. Let's do a bit of head to head shall we? I am doing this off of the top of my head, so the matchups probably aren't quite as perfect as if I had more free time, but let's give this a shot...
Filet Mignon > Pork Tenderloin. This one is a blow out.
Pork ribs > Beef Ribs. I love me some beef ribs about the size of a forearm, but you can't beat the meat falling completely off the bone of good slow smoked pork rib. It's probably closer for me than others, but I'll concede this to the pig.
Ribeye Steak > Pork Chop. I've had excellent pork chops in my time. In fact, I'd say the single best pork chop I have ever had was better than the best Ribeye. That being said, I've had tons of mediocre to bad pork chops at good establishments. Can't say the same thing for the Ribeye which is consistently awesome.
Deli Roast beef > Deli ham. This is personal opinion (what here isn't?), but a good roast beef sandwich beats a good ham sandwich 100% of the time.
Slow Smoked Brisket > Pulled Pork. This is controversial, I know, but if you give me the choice, I go with the brisket every time.
Bacon > Beef Jerky. Fair enough.
4 to 2 for beef. Debate over. ;-)
Nonetheless, I'll defend beef over pork. Steak is a many splendored thing, and ground beef gives us many things, like the burger and taco. Also, while pulled pork, pork ribs, etc are excellent forms of BBQ, the beef brisquet, done properly, may be the greatest of any food the good Lord has chosen to bless us with. In fact, I'm pretty sure I heard a rumor that it was the actual basis for the Greek mythology story of ambrosia.
I love the pig for breakfast foods, but pork tenderloin (yummy as it is) ultimately bows to its beef counterpart, and the pork chop can't hold a candle to the t-bone steak.
Not a great fan of bacon, BUT I like big butts. and I can not lie.
You other brothers can't deny...
Butt's on the grill, smoked. with a vinegar and hot pepper sauce.
Ok, just an observation, but so far, all the PPB left leaners are weighing in for pork while the PPB right leaners are supporting beef.
Also, I reject this thread on the basis that its thwarting my attempt to accomplish the unprecedented feat of hijacking a PPB thread to the OTB instead of the other way around.
But I was at a pig pickin' last weekend and it just does not get any better than that! Brisket can't come close. Mmmmmm... pork.
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Call me Switzerland, because I have serious problems picking a side in this debate. A-Tex Devils and UVA make noble attempts at justifying their positions, and I can find many strengths in their arguments. However, I find the debate the exhausting and ultimately pointless.
Dead cows and dead pigs rule. Kill them. Smoke them. Cut them up. Grill them. I will eat them both and I will love every bite.
In the state where the pig rules you have Duke University and the iced tea comes to the table already sweetened (and in some places automatically - you know you are in a good BBQ joint when the bring tea to the table without asking). In the state where the Cow rules there is no Duke University AND they don't sweeten their iced tea (they bring it to the table with sugar, as though sugar will dissolve in cold tea - the imbiciles). Enough said.
A few things;
I appreciate the beef. Truly, I do. I eat more beef than anything else, and I value a good steakhouse like NO ONES business. Here is my dinner, a one and a half pound ribeye, just consumed maybe 20 minutes ago.
A nice marinate of rosmary, sage, garlic, pepper, and balsamic vinegar. Fantastic, especially the bits and pieces nestled RIGHT up against the fat...
Nonetheless; lets break it down.
Bacon > Filet Mignon, Ribeye steak, Deli Roast Beef, Slow Smoked Brisket, AND (notice; not "or") Beef jerky. Bacon is the chosen of God, as long as you are not one of our middle eastern brethren.
So. Counting bacon as it should be counted, it seems the score is 1,321,003 - 2, porky pig. Have fun with Osama and your roast beef sandwich.
I have a good friend who is vegetarian. He eats no meat or seafood. He does eat bacon. He told me that when he decided to quit eating meat he ony did so after redefining bacon as a vegetable. For him, life was simply not worth living without bacon. There is no beef product that compares to bacon (not that crap that goes on sale at the local grocery store for $1.99 per pound. Go to a butcher shop - or even Whole Foods - and get some real bacon. It will kick the pottymouth!pottymouth!pottymouth! of any beef product.