Update: It seems Ben Crenshaw may have gotten a little ahead of himself. He told folks on Monday that fellow Longhorn Jordan Spieth would be serving Salt Lick BBQ at Augusta National. Not so fast. Spieth clarified Tuesday that he had simply requested Texas barbecue, according to GolfChannel.com:
”I didn’t select Salt Lick. I don’t know where that was spread from,” Spieth said Tuesday. ”Augusta National always makes the meals. So they asked,’ What do you want to have for your meal?’ and I said I’d love to do some Texas barbecue. So they kind of go out and search for a way to make it based on popular places. I’m not sure what it’s exactly going to be. It’s going to be Texas barbecue. I’m pretty excited for it.”
March 22: The Masters at Augusta National has many traditions. Traditions, some would say, unlike any other. One of those cool traditions dating back more than 60 years is the Champions Dinner, where the winner from the previous year hosts a dinner at the august club that is attended by former champions. And to the victor goes the ordering rights. The selections are always an interesting insight into (what are often fairly boring) players’ lives. Goofy Bubba Watson served Caesar salad, grilled chicken and macaroni and cheese in 2013 (likely with a side of warm milk), leading the acerbic Nick Faldo to drop this brilliant tweet on him, while the gutsy and personable Phil Mickelson has served lobster ravioli (2005) and paella (2011).
The dinner was started by Dallas-area native Ben Hogan, and this year the tradition continues with Dallas native and University of Texas alumnus Jordan Spieth. According to the Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton on Twitter, the #1 golfer in the world will serve Salt Lick barbecue. This news came via Ben Crenshaw during the World Golf Championship – Dell Match Play selection party at the Paramount Theatre last night.
Given Spieth’s tenure in Austin, the pick makes sense (although Franklin Barbecue might make tastier sense). In a culinary sense, I’d rank the choice above Tiger Woods’ 1998 menu of cheeseburgers and milkshakes but below 2000 winner Vijay Singh’s selection of seafood tom kha, chicken panang curry, baked sea scallops with garlic sauce, rack of lamb with yellow kari sauce, baked filet Chilean sea bass with three flavor chili sauce and lychee sorbet.