9 Cowboy Slang Terms for Things You Eat and Drink

Grub: Food in general, especially hearty, filling meals eaten by cowboys out on the range.

Chow: Another term for food, often used interchangeably with "grub."

Joe: Coffee, especially strong black coffee that cowboys drank to stay awake during long hours on the trail.

Sowbelly: Bacon, a staple of cowboy meals cooked over an open fire.

Pecos Straw: A long, slender drinking straw used by cowboys to sip coffee or other beverages from a tin cup.

Gut-Builder: A large, hearty meal that fills up a cowboy's stomach, often eaten before a long day of work.

Firewater: Whiskey or other alcoholic beverages, often enjoyed by cowboys around a campfire after a hard day's work.

Cactus Juice: Water, essential for staying hydrated during hot days out on the range.

Son-of-a-Gun Stew: A hearty stew made with whatever ingredients were available, often including meat, potatoes, beans, and vegetables, cooked together in a pot over an open flame.


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