OK, today’s picture of the small crock of beans reminded me of these platters. I was in GFS buying supplies for the week and noticed that the round, plastic serving trays were labeled 12″, 15″ and so forth.
Imagine this little bean crock that is about a serving for one person sitting in the middle of a what’s now sold as a 15″ serving tray full of BBQ baked beans, covered with a bed of crinkle cut fries and some small, 2″ x 1″ fried , nugget sized hushpuppies mixed in with the meat arranged as above. The highest point me the top of the bean crock and sloped down. The floor of the tray was lined with deli paper. This was what the “family platters” around these parts typically looked like up to the early 70’s in a lot of places. Since most of our BBQ was directly influenced by Southern Ga. and referred to as “Savanah Style” in retrospect by food historians and post war old S. Fl was primarly settled by retired Ga. ex-pats, it would make sense that this might be a Ga. tradition.