Linkdown: 3/9/16

– Friend of the blog Sarah Crosland has a couple of pork and cocktail pairings from Customshop and the Ballantyne Hotel’s Gallery Restaurant included in this list of Charlotte’s top cocktail and food pairings

– A London publication’s view on the 32 best barbecue restaurants in the American South

– Sam Jones gets profiled in the Raleigh News & Observer

It’s not as if more upscale barbecue restaurants don’t exist – look at the Pit in Raleigh and Durham or Ed Mitchell’s former ’Que in Durham or just about any barbecue restaurant in New York or other large cities. (Let’s be clear: it doesn’t take much to step up from the linoleum-floor, vinyl-seat charm of the old-school places.) It’s just that in this part of the world, east of I-95, Sam Jones Barbecue is the outlier. He’s changing the definition of what a whole-hog barbecue restaurant can be in the part of the world most identified by the tradition.

– According to John Lewis

– Home Team BBQ opened its new location in downtown Charleston yesterday and Eater has what you can expect

– Barbecue and whiskey event at Queen City Q’s Ballantyne location

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