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Cruise the classics at Hawaiian Style BBQ

Spam musubi at Hawaiian Style BBQ in Augusta/ Photos by Michael Stern
Spam musubi at Hawaiian Style BBQ in Augusta/ Photos by Michael Stern
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“BBQ” in its name notwithstanding, Hawaiian Style BBQ has little in common with typical barbecues on America’s mainland. I don’t know a single pitmaster in the Carolinas or the Texas Hill Country who offers customers the happy hodgepodge known as Loco Moco. That’s a burger and fried egg topped with gravy on a bed of rice—a Hawaiian cheap-eats trademark, and the every-Wednesday special at Hawaiian Style BBQ.

Seven days a week, you can come here and start a meal with Spam. Resembling a colossal piece of sushi, the dish called Spam musubi pairs a seared tile of the pink pork-parts loaf with sticky vinegar rice in a seaweed wrap. Presented warm and sheathed in polyethylene, it is unabashedly salty, fatty, and at odds with most diet doctrines. It is genuinely Hawaiian, reflecting the fact that the Aloha State eats more Spam per capita than any place other than Guam. Spam musubi is as common in Hawaii as boiled peanuts in the Deep South.

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