Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Man finds human leg in smoker

Okay, this story certainly should be categorized in the Weird Recipes of the Month. From MSNBC News:

MAIDEN, N.C. - A man who bought a smoker Tuesday at an auction of abandoned items might have thought twice had he looked inside first.

Maiden police said the man opened up the smoker and saw what he thought was a piece of driftwood wrapped in paper. When he unwrapped it, he found a human leg, cut off 2 to 3 inches above the knee.

The smoker had been sold at an auction of items left behind at a storage facility, so investigators contacted the mother and son who had rented the space where the smoker was found.

The mother, Peg Steele, explained her son had his leg amputated after a plane crash and kept the leg following the surgery “for religious reasons” she doesn’t know much about.

“The rest of the family was very much against it,” Steele said.

Steele said her son, John Wood, plans to drive to Maiden, about 35 miles northwest of Charlotte, to reclaim his amputated leg, police said.

I'm surprised he didn't brush some barbecue sauce on that leg and serve it for a Labor Day supper. From

North Carolina Barbecue Sauce

1 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup yellow mustard
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper

In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients over medium heat.
Bring to a boil and continue to boil for 5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened, stirring constantly.
Serve warm.

NOTE: This is a super sauce that's good for basting or as a warm dipping sauce.

Yields: about 1 2/3 cups

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