A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 27, 2017
“Why don’t Mexicans have barbecues?” Because the beans fall through the grill.”

A barbecue joke is:

Q: Why don’t Mexicans have barbecues?
A: Because the beans fall through the grill.


The joke—sometimes regarded as offensive—has been cited in print since at least 1985.


Google Books
Totally Tasteless
By Blanche Knott
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
1985
Pg. 9:
Why don’t Mexicans have barbecues?
The beans fall through the grill.

Google Groups: rec.humor
non-coded joke! - offensive to Americans (rot 13)
Rodney Shojinaga
8/11/90
(...)
Why don’t Mexicans barbeque?
The beans fall thru the grill.

Google Groups: rec.humor
ethnic jokes
Dan Hay
12/10/92
(...)
Why don’t they barbecue in Mexico?
The beans fall through the grill.

Google Books
Little Buddy Goes to Scout Camp
By Don Wible
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2013
Pg. 32:
“Why can’t Mexicans barbeque . . . because the beans fall through the grill.”

YouTube
Jokes - Why don’t Mexicans like to barbecue? Because the beans fall through the grill.
jokesus
Published on Oct 2, 2015
Joke :
Why don’t Mexicans like to barbecue?
Because the beans fall through the grill.

Google Books
Food Jokes
By Jeo King
Marine Publishing
2016
Pg. ?:
Q: Why don’t Mexicans like to barbecue?
A: Because the beans fall through the grill. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Monday, February 27, 2017 • Permalink