Linkdown: 2/5/13

– Salisbury, NC man charged with attempting to steal nearly $600 in bacon from Hendrix Barbecue

– Before Queen City Q was the official barbecue of the Charlotte Knights and their new uptown stadium, they were the official barbecue of the Charlotte Major League Lacrosse team the Hounds; that will continue next season

– Texas’s Louie Mueller barbecue eyes location in Houston (via)

Inside the pit of the world’s oldest barbecue in Israel

– This Zagat list of “6 Mouthwatering New-School Barbecue Sides” has a distinctly Central Texas feel to it

– So my main takeaway from this New York Times article, “Take the Road Less Traveled; It May Lead to Barbecue”, is that I need to seek out this Ron’s Pig Palace food truck

I’m not familiar with Charlotte, so I asked a few people who were boarding with me if they could recommend the best barbecue place in town. I got a few suggestions, but one really caught my attention. It was a food truck and it was called Ron’s Pig Palace. The gentleman who suggested it said that he goes out of his way to find it every time he is in Charlotte.

– The audio from a NPR’s All Things Considered story on Rodney Scott and his In Exile tour here

Scott smiles. He says whole hog barbecue is more than food, or tradition. It’s about bringing people together.

Grilling Over Charcoal Is Objectively, Scientifically Better Than Grilling Over Gas

Of course, even food cooked on a gas grill gives off aromas — all food does. But food grilled over a charcoal flame has a special one: guaiacol.

Guaiacol is an aroma compound produced when you use heat to break down lignin, the resin responsible for holding strands of cellulose together to form wood. “It has a smoky, spicy, bacony aroma,” says Sacks. “In fact, the flavor that most people associate with bacon is largely degraded lignin.”

Translation: Cooking over charcoal makes your food taste like bacon. Let me repeat that: blah blah charcoal blah blah BACON.

Bacon? Case closed. (via)


Grilling Over Charcoal Is Objectively, Scientifically Better Than Grilling Over Gas