As a young child I would visit my family in Hungary. There were certain traditions that we brought back home to America and still practice today. Some of these traditions make more sense on a farm in rural Hungary but sometimes you gotta make due with whichever setting you’ve got. Plus some food traditions were just too delicious to leave back in the motherland. This pastime is best enjoyed in the countryside, camping or in your garden.
‘Szalona Sutes‘ or ‘Bacon Roasting‘ is a tradition that is best enjoyed with family and friends.
This is a Hungarian style BBQ! So instead of one person standing in front of a hot flame cooking, you’ve got several people sweating it out. This is really fun and builds a since of community.
Before the meal begins everyone enjoys a shot of Palinka (Hungarian brandy) to celebrate the gathering. Beers can also be consumed throughout the cookout. Highly recommended! After all, its a barbecue.
This is a great old-fashioned tradition that’s great fun with good people. There’s really nothing better than laughing at the one person that constantly keeps getting smoke in their eyes. Because we all know ‘smoke follows beauty’.
All photos are taken by me or my cousin Anita from Hungary.
The old timey photo courtesy of