Note to editor, this is my own work and is not taken from any newspaper, magazine or website.
Yes, humble Spam comes to my barbeques. Kids gobble it up until they find out what it is, then it’s too late to say, “I don’t like it.” They’re surprised to find out they actually like the meat so many people talk about.
It’s been around for quite a while. My Grandfather and Great-Uncle talked about eating it in WWII. Spam actually pre-dates the war.
This salad will feed a hungry crowd. Adjust as necessary for your hungry bunch.
• 4 Cans of Spam, regular flavor
• About 1 cup each of: corn, black beans, red and green bell pepper, red onion, chopped tomato (halved cherry tomatoes work fine), summer squash, chopped or sliced.
• 2 Jalapeno peppers (optional)
• 4 Cups cooked macaroni
• 2 tablespoons dry cilantro or 1 cup chopped
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• Salt and pepper to taste
• 2 Cups barbecue sauce, your favorite flavor
• Grated cheese for topping, if desired- your favorite flavor
Empty and drain spam on a plate. Cut into ½- inch wide slices. Brush each side lightly with barbecue sauce.
Fire up the grill with medium coals, or medium heat on an electric grill. Grill the slices about 2 minutes each side. Remove to plate and allow to rest.
In a large bowl, mix other ingredients. Cut Spam into cubes and mix into bowl with remaining barbecue sauce.
For a hot dish, mince the jalapenos with the seeds and mix into the salad. For spice without the heat, leave the seeds out.
I love to top this with either sharp cheddar or jalapeno cheese. Colby jack or Monterrey jack works well too.
Use different veggies, beans or sauce and really make this your own. It’s bound to become a family favorite.