To some, the month of October means Octoberfest, German Food, and drinking Beer. Well, I don’t see anything wrong with that combination, but there is so much more to the month than just that. October has always been one of my favorite months of the year, and it all started while I was growing up.
As a youngster, I grew up on the Neosho River Bank down on 2nd and K street Northwest. My friends and I spent many hours on the river and up the river bottoms. The month of October, back in the day, would mark the opening of the hunting seasons. My friends and I would grab our shotguns and walk up the river bottoms to some flooded timber areas we were familiar with to hunt ducks. None of us were old enough to drive, so we would hand pack our gear and walk the distance through the bottom land to hunt these areas. We made many memories and even shot several ducks.
Back in the day when College Football would only televise one game each week, and only on Saturday afternoon, October was always a treat, as each year they would televise the Oklahoma-Texas football game. Young people today, don’t understand how big a deal that was, because as everyone knows, nowadays, we have so many televised games, it is more unusual for your favorite team to NOT be televised. But not so, back in the 1960’s and early 70’s, if you wanted more than one College game a week, you would go to watch NEO play on Saturday night. Robertson Field would fill to capacity on those Saturday night games back then.
In later years, making the trip to Dallas for the OU-Texas weekend in October was always a big treat for us. I remember one year I had spent the week before the game working in Seattle, WA, and my late wife drove to Dallas to pick me up at the airport on Friday night, so we could attend the game. I told the airport officials in Seattle that I would be exiting my flight in Dallas, rather than continuing on to Tulsa. They told me NO, you are not allowed to do that. Well I did anyway, because I was not going to miss the game! My luggage went on to Tulsa, and after the game the next day, I drove to Tulsa to the airport and retrieved my luggage.
As I mentioned before about Octoberfest, I have never had the opportunity to attend one of those festivals. But I do hope to attend one someday, as they do look like fun? I enjoy some of the German foods, and I might even wear shorts and suspenders to the event as well, as long as I didn’t have to get up and dance with the other guys wearing shorts and suspenders?
Although Brats are not my first choice of sausages, I do enjoy the other German and Polish sausages served with grilled peppers or sauerkraut. Nowadays, you can purchase some really good sauerkraut in the cold food sections of the grocery store, which to me, is a much tastier version than the canned stuff. Paired with some Sausages that have been cooked on the outdoor grill and this makes for a great October game day meal! You can slap it on a Hotdog bun, or as I do sometimes, just add a little mustard on top of it and eat it without a bun. Whichever is your preference…
Sauerkraut and Grilled Sausage½ lb Bacon 1 small white or yellow Onion diced 1 jar Sauerkraut (rinsed and drained) Polish or German Sausage Salt and Pepper to taste (Optional) sometimes I will peel and chop 1 small Apple and add with the Onion
Place the sausage on an outdoor grill to cook. Fry bacon in the skillet until crisp and remove. Add diced onion and sauté. Add sauerkraut to pan and crumbled bacon. Add grilled sausages to the pan. Salt and pepper to taste, heat through and serve.