Yesterday I watched Renfrew of the Royal Mounted, the first of eight films about the popular boy's book character. Renfrew, if you don't know him, was a straight shooter former Royal Flying Corps officer who brought peace and justice to the Canadian Northwest in ten books (1922-1941) and well over a dozen short stories by Laurie York Erskine..
Like many American cowboys -- and unlike Sergeant Preston (who debuted two years after the first Renfrew film) Renfrew sang (blame the popularity of Nelson Eddy's singing mountie in 1936's Rose-Marie). Renfrew often sang with a backup chorus of mounties who conveniently knew the words.
(Renfrew's first name, by the way, is Douglas, a name not used in the film. Everyone just calls him Rennie.)
Renfrew sings, cooks, and arrests the bad guys in the same manner -- excellently. In the film, he is challenged to a barbecue sauce cook-off with the cook of a well-known resort. Not only does Renfrew come up with the sauce, he sings it. Here's James Newell as Sergeant Renfrew singing a barbecue recipe from Renfrew of the Royal Mounted (1937):
This recipe, as you can tell, it not recommended. So how about a few recommended recipes, keeping in mind that barbecue sauces and tastes can differ widely.
A tangy Memphis barbecue sauce:
Kansas City barbecue sauce.
North Carolina barbecue sauce:
And, an Asian flavored barbecue sauce:
Which do you prefer?