On Christmas Eve, my mom made taverns.  I was so hungry for them.  I piled a homemade hamburger bun high with the piping hot, beef concoction.  The tangy aroma alone made my mouth water.  It was like one of those slow-motion commercials where the actor picks up the sandwich slowly (sexy music starts in the background)...seductively stares at the subject...gently takes a bite...closes their eyes...(music ends abruptly).   I nearly spit it out!   Mom put onions in the taverns!!!!!  She has known for 43 years I do not like onions.  So what if I haven't given her any grandkids.  Does that mean she can punish me by putting onions in the taverns?  Apparently, everyone else in the family LIKES onions, so she catered to the majority.

When I mentioned this incident to Dan on our sister station, KIKN 100.5, he said he calls these meat sandwiches, taverns, too.  We realized there are several names for these sandwiches depending on where you grew up.  His least favorite name is loosemeat.  It doesn't even sound appealing, does it?

Interesting fact:  The tavern sandwich originated at Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City, Iowa.

After doing some research, it appears the recipes vary.  The taverns my family make contain hamburger, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and seasonings (and apparently onions when my mother makes them).  Some people add tomato sauce instead of ketchup, along with green peppers and even garlic.  The sandwiches called "loosemeat" don't even use a tomato base.  Whatever recipe you use, the outcome is mostly the same.

My chops are watering again.  I think I know what I'm making this weekend for dinner.