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By: Matt Hickman on Aug. 23, 2011, 7:49 a.m.
hot beef sundae

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Hot beef sundae

Where: Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis

Here’s something that you’re not going to find at your local DQ: a big bowl of marinated beef slathered with gravy, corn and cheese “sprinkles” served ice cream sundae-style with a cherry (tomato) on top. Apparently, at the Indiana State Fair, beef isn’t only “what’s for dinner;” it’s what’s for dessert as well. The Indiana Beef Cattle Association, the creator of this favorite of strong-stomached Hoosiers (we certainly wouldn’t want to consume this before going on the Tilt-A-Whirl), does face some serious porcine competition in the form of the pulled pork parfait, a mélange of pulled pork, BBQ sauce and mashed potatoes served in a plastic parfait cup and best eaten with a spork.