I’ve been saying it for years (and will continue to say so until I make it out there), but I really need to make it to Skylight Inn and Sam Jones BBQ.
Join Bob Garner as he samples the barbecue at Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville where whole hogs are smoked and chopped on site.
– Three Charlotte barbecue restaurants make this fries list, including The Improper Pig’s sweet potato waffle fries, Midwood Smokehouse’s pimento cheese fries, and Seoul Food Meat Co.’s kimchi fries
– Bob Garner’s latest for The Daily Reflector waxes poetic on The Angus Barn in Raleigh
– For these cold we’ve been experiencing the past few weeks, Midwood Smokehouse has seven new soups for the soul including the loaded baked potato with pulled pork and brisket and a brunswick stew
– Men’s site The Manual has a podcast on barbecue and booze
Finally, the conversation turns toward what the panel was all waiting for: booze pairings. Slaughter suggests (and the guys all agreed) the best booze pairing for barbecue is a definitely a whisk(e)y with a smokey, peaty flavor. Scotch is possibly the most appropriate since it calls back to the smokiness of the meat. The group also touches on wine pairings, emphasizing that a bolder, heavier, red wine is best, such as a Zinfandel or a Napa Cabernet.
– Bib’s Downtown in Winston-Salem contributed some comfort food recipes for the local Fox affiliate
– Keanu voice: Whoa.
– Newsday has a solid list of good barbecue in cities across North Carolina worth a “barbecue pilgrimage”
Although there’s fantastic barbecue found throughout the state, you don’t have to leave the state’s biggest cities for an unforgettable down-home barbecue meal. Instead, loosen your belt at any of these must-visit restaurants for a quintessential North Carolina experience.
– On their list of best Charlotte barbecue restaurants, Charlotte Agenda predictably got some feedback
– Speaking of Texas barbecue…
– Food and Wine explores the Atlanta barbecue scene including some Barbecue Bros faves
– Greenville, NC native Bob Garner began a regular column for the Greenville Daily Reflector on Sunday in which he might occasionally touch on barbecue
I love to listen as people get downright misty-eyed about food. For me, it’s about rural landscape and seasons, community sense, celebration of finished tasks and observing solemn events.
Earlier this year, Bob Garner visited Picnic ahead of their one year anniversary for UNC-TV’s NC Weekend.
Bob Garner finds a hidden gem at Randy’s BBQ in the town of Troutman, which is between Mooresville and Statesville. Randy’s opened in 1985 and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily.
I came away impressed with Johnson Family Barbecue and also surprised that I hadn’t heard more about it before. So I’m glad to see it get some coverage from Bob Garner on WUNC-TV’s NC Weekend program.
This hidden gem on the Wake Forest Highway outside Durham draws diners in with barbecue pit-cooked over hickory wood.
From earlier this year, Bob Garner visits Southern Smoke Barbecue in Garland for UNC-TV’s “NC Weekend”.
The passion and creativity of the people behind Southern Smoke Barbecue, as well as their wood-smoked pulled pork and ribs, attract huge crowds to the small town of Garland, N.C. Bob Garner investigates!
Last year, in light of Red Bridges winning Garden & Gun Magazine’s Barbecue Bracket, Bob Garner revisited the Barbecue Bros favorite for UNC TV’s NC Now.
Also, another congrats to Red Bridges for winning this year’s Thrillist Best BBQ Spot in America Bracket. That makes a repeat of sorts.
On a recent NC Weekend, Bob Garner (North Carolina’s “barbecue man”) visits Sam Jones BBQ and also tries the new Our State BBQ NC app (our post on it here). According to Bob, the surroundings may be different but the barbecue is “right where it’s always been” (referring to Sam Jones also being the pitmaster at Skylight Inn). But a major difference is Sam is also doing spare ribs, turkey, and chicken at his new place along with multiple side options and beer. And according to Bob, he is “blending the best of what’s old and what’s new.” I really need an excuse to make it out east soon.
Here’s some gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life. The bolded items are the ones I can personally recommend. Feel free to add or suggest any other gift ideas in the comments below and I’ll update the post through the holidays.
See our 2014 gift guide here
See our 2013 gift guide here