Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pork Steaks or Pork Chops? Don't Get Murdered; Get the Facts

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 5:00 AM

St. Louis-style pork steaks; let's agree to agree! - IMAGE VIA
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  • St. Louis-style pork steaks; let's agree to agree!
John Cunningham of Jennings now stands accused of fatally blasting his uncle with a shotgun early Monday morning after a heated debate: Were the cuts of meat they were preparing to grill "pork steaks" or "pork chops"?

Our city has a history of food-related murders, including one just last week involving a bag Cheetos. But pork steaks are a staple of St. Louis-style barbecue, and thus widespread.

So hey, neighbors: Let's maybe get on the same page about f--king pork steaks.

Clearly, Cunningham and his uncle, Lessie E. Lowe, were not, and here's what can happen, according to the Post-Dispatch (who broke the story):

John Cunningham, accused "pork steak" murderer
  • John Cunningham, accused "pork steak" murderer
Cunningham said [the cuts] were pork steaks, police said. Lowe disagreed.

After the argument became physical about 1 a.m. Monday, the two had to be separated by someone else in the home, police say. Cunningham went to another part of the home, grabbed a shotgun and shot Lowe, police said.

Lowe died later at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Cunningham, who was correct about the meat, was taken into custody. [Emphasis added by us]
First of all, the PD deserves some kind of award for that part in bold font. More importantly: What made Cunningham correct? What is a pork steak?

We called Joe LeGrand, co-owner of LeGrand's Market in St. Louis Hills. He says it's pretty simple.

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