Exactly what do you think is in mechanically separated pork, chicken, and beef hot dogs? It sure isn't left over tenderloin, breastmeat, and veal. Pickled pigs feet are a standard stocked item at my grocery store.
Yup. If its not an identifiable piece of meat, Im pretty hesitant to eat it, sausage excluded. All body flesh...ALL, goes in to a mechanical separator. It chews up everything and pulls out the stringy connective stuff. Theres your wieners and pink lunch meat. (literaly)
No offense taken, I was just having fun with you. I didn't grow up IN St Louis, I was raised in a small Illinois town of 650 people across the Muddy Mississsloppy from there. Hubby is the reason I'm in Virginia. plus I love it here. If you're ever in St Louis you should try the BBQ, I'm not talking about the ribs, you can get those anywhere. I'm talking about the bbq'd pig snoot's, you can ONLY get them in the St Louis area and they are fabulous!!!
You cut the nostrils off, Clean them very well, slice them up, deep fry until they're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Then put them in bbq sauce for a few minutes. They taste like crispy bbq'd bacon. If I hadn't grown up eating them I'd probably say the same thing you did, but I came from a family that we had to at least try everything that was put in front of us, if we didn't like it we didn't have to eat it. I never turned down snoots.