When I first came to Kentucky, I took the long journey at the beginning of August to the Fancy Farm picnic. As I trust all Kentuckians know, Fancy Farm is a church picnic in far western Kentucky that marks the beginning of the political season. While the political rhetoric is certainly entertaining, it was the barbecue that interested me far more. At that Fancy Farm picnic many years ago I became a convert to the joys of barbecue mutton: more flavorful than either pork or beef, and if properly cooked, plenty tender.
Since then, I've been to Owensboro, and sampled the BBQ mutton at the famous Moonlite Inn and other local establishments, but it seems to me that they didn't measure up to the mutton at Fancy Farm.
More recently, I've learned that Fancy Farm is just one of dozens of church picnics that take place in the summer in Western Kentucky. My question is: How good is the mutton at these picnics? Is there one that stands above the others? And how do they feel about "outsiders" coming to their picnics?