‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Question the Name of One BBQ Food Featured on the Show

by Emily Morgan

“Blue Bloods” fans are scratching their heads after one Reddit user brought up a mysterious meat comment from a previous episode.

As the curious fan notes, in “Blue Bloods” season five, episode 15 from 2005, titled “Power Players,” while in Iowa, Erin and her investigator eat what they call a “loose meat pork sandwich.”

The fan then poses the question: “Is that basically what any BBQ joint would call a pulled pork sandwich?”In the replies, another fan sough to answer their question. “No,” they wrote. “A loose meat sandwich is loose ground meat, so not tight like a hamburger. Think of a sloppy joe without the sauce.”

If you’re a fan of the long-running police procedural, you know that the Reagan family loves to eat. Watch any episode, and you’ll see that the show takes shape at the family dinner table on Sunday evenings. While the Reagans are off working their cases during the week, the place where they can come together is over the table at the weekly Sunday dinner.

Dinner conversations range from family issues like Nicky’s (Sami Gayle) tattoo and Erin’s (Bridget Moynahan) parenting techniques to advice on cases and intricacies of working in the force and its politics.

While many police shows fail to include the officers’ private lives, “Blue Bloods” highlights it— which fans love to see. When viewers see the family return to the dinner table each week adds a human quality to the show that makes it that much better. As a result, the dinner show has become the heart of the series.

Long before “Blue Bloods” cast Tom Selleck as the family patriarch, the show’s creator, Leonard Goldberg, told TV Guide in 2010 that he wanted to create a drama that utilized two of his favorite genres.

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“I thought about two kinds of shows I always loved doing: police shows and family shows, and I thought, ‘No one’s ever done one that combined both,'” he said.

Additionally, the idea for the family dinner was actually spawned, not from another TV show or movie, but another medium: art. Goldberg got the idea for weekly family dinner when he looked through a book of paintings by well-known Americana artist Norman Rockwell.

Specifically, Goldberg took note of the famous painting, “Freedom from Want,” which shows a family seated at Thanksgiving dinner.

“That painting was our family,” Goldberg told TV Guide in a later interview. “There would be a police story — to keep CBS viewers happy — but it really would be a character piece.”

In the earlier interview, he described the Reagan’s weekly dinners as “the cornerstone of the family side of our show.” However, the show is not without its action-packed crime-solving; at its core, it’s a heartwarming series about a tight-knit family.