September 1, 2021 – National Burnt Ends Day | National Chicken Boy Day

These Leftover Bits Are Now A Main Course!

Welcome to September 1st, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate burnt ends and new beginnings.

While fans of barbecue have their personal favorite when it comes to style, Kansas City has one of the most distinctive takes on barbecue. Yes, there are ribs and pulled pork, but Kansas City is known for its burnt ends. This favorite is a cut from the tip of a smoked brisket. The outside is charred from the heat, but the inside is where the drippings collect, making for a flavorful bite-sized piece of BBQ heaven. For years, it was thrown away or tossed into stew, but now it’s a prized cut of meat. You can get all heated up over who has the best sauce, but no one can deny these tidbits are delicious.  On National Burnt Ends Day, celebrate the perfect bite you can really sink your teeth into. 

During its heyday, Route 66 offered beautiful scenery and lots of fun places to stop along the way.  Chicken Boy was one of the most famous of these roadside attractions.  The fried chicken restaurant boasted a giant statue of a man with a chicken’s head that welcomed visitors to the city of Los Angeles.  But when a new highway system made Route 66 obsolete, many of the stops went out of business.  This included the Chicken Boy, who was headed for the trash heap in 1984, when a local artist rescued him.  Now installed on a rooftop, this icon is known as the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.  On National Chicken Boy Day, celebrate this blast from the past with some wings or fried chicken and maybe a trip down Route 66.  

I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson.  Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day.


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