BBQ Drum Ribs?
This story about the old-timers putting Black Drum ribs on the BBQ grill will interest you. We are not running out to do it.
This is a fishing report from the east coast - St. Augustine and the St. John's River to be exact. The report itself is broad and a great read, but what really caught our eyes were this comment about an old tackle shop and fish house that used to catch those big black drum we catch here by the big bridges and sell them. He would hang them (scaled with a garden hoe) or sell rib cages for barbeque grills. You think we're kidding?
Locals would bring drum to Wally, who would tie them by the gills to the piers under his bait shack and sell them live to customers for $5 to $10 apiece, depending upon the bulk. The big fish were generally scaled with garden hoes.
Wally would also clean some drum for his little fish house, and you could see the whole rib cages on ice this time of year to sell to locals who’d barbecue them on the grill. True story.
The whole story can be found here on The St. Augustine Record.