HUGE Charlotte barbecue news from B’s Cracklin’ BBQ and owner/pitmaster Bryan Furman (who grew up in Charlotte); no definite plans yet but seems something’s in the works
The latest NC Barbecue Bracket in the Canes Country Barbecue Wars
J.C. Reid says South Texas is starting to show more Central Texas influence in its barbecue, which is a good thing
Little Richard’s BBQ in Winston-Salem opened its “bar-n-que” concept on Stratford Road earlier this month
Barbecue speakeasy? I’m in
Where to find the best barbecue ribs in America, according to Men’s Journal
Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland will be open on Friday nights starting in September; currently they are only open for Thursday and Fridays for lunch
In which Bryan Furman reveals he only wants to open another 10 or so B’s Cracklin Barbeque locations in addition to the Savannah and Atlanta stores as well as the expansion into Philips Arena for Hawks basketball games. What’s the matter, Bryan – only 10?
Bryan Furman left a career as a welder with a goal in mind: to cook and serve whole hog barbecue. Whole hog cooking was a tradition Bryan grew up with, but when his father challenged him with the question of “What’s going to make your barbecue better than others?”, Bryan decided that serving the highest quality heritage pigs would set him apart from the competition.
Bryan and his wife Nikki opened the original B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque in Savannah, Georgian 2014. The critical acclaim would come in time, but the Furmans would soon be faced with adversity as their restaurant was badly damaged by a fire. They rebuilt and came back stronger than ever. An Atlanta location would follow, and the Furmans have big plans for further expansion in the future.
B’s Cracklin’ boasts a menu of chopped whole hog, ribs, brisket, and chicken along with family recipes of cracklin’ cornbread “hoe cakes” and a great family banana pudding recipe. Don’t skip the mustard sauce with Georgia peaches! With a commitment to the highest quality product combined with a dedication to tradition, B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque is one of the premier BBQ destinations in Georgia.
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– Sad news as Midwood Smokeshack has closed in Matthews. However, there is some good news in that the employees will keep their jobs at other Midwood Smokehouse locations and FS Food Groupd will be looking to build a full service Midwood Smokehouse in the Matthews area at some point.
– D.G. Martin’s list of last minute book gifts includes one of my all-time favorite barbecue books which was just re-issued on paperback, “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue” by John Shelton Reed, Dale Volberg Reed, and William McKinney
– Charlotte Agenda: “Noble Smoke could give Charlotte a true barbecue flagship”
– However, one recently-elected city councilwoman will not be patronizing Noble Smoke when it does open due to his support of HB2 in 2015
– Carolina Smokehouse brings western NC barbecue to Carolina Beach’s boardwalk
– Congrats to B’s Cracklin’ BBQ!
– The 2nd edition of the Great NC BBQ Map will be available tomorrow
– Charlotte Observer has coverage of it and as well as a release event at the Levine Museum of the New South this Saturday
– Is Virginia the true birthplace of barbecue in the US? This man thinks so, and has written a forthcoming book about it
A mild-mannered technology consultant by day, Haynes, 54, is on a mission to save Virginia barbecue from obscurity. In 2016, he succeeded in getting the Virginia General Assembly to designate May through October as Virginia Barbecue Season. He runs a blog called Obsessive Compulsive Barbecue that’s heavy on Virginia tidbits. He’s trying to market three Virginia-style sauces that he developed. And in September, his book, “Virginia Barbecue: A History” (Arcadia Publishing), is due in stores.
– Here’s a guide to Virginia barbecue regions by sauce
– Bill Spoon’s make a USA Today list of “barbecue restaurants worth a pilgrimage”
– Grant’s first impression of Tennessee barbecue joints along US-27: “pretty good, not great”
– Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House in Knoxville, on the other hand, was “downright excellent”
– Looks like Rodney Scott is joining the Charleston barbecue party by the end of the year
– Here’s an exclusive interview from Garden & Gun
– And B’s Cracklin’ BBQ of Savannah, GA is opening an Atlanta outpost this fall
– The more you know: