Linkdown: 2/26/14

– Vote for your favorite barbecue restaurant in Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best Awards for dining and nightlife here. May we kindly suggest the current Barbecue Bros fave and True ‘Cue approved Midwood Smokehouse.

– The James Beard Award semifinalists were named last week and several Fatback Collective team members were honored

– Speaking of which, the preliminary Rodney Scott In Exile totals are in and approximately $81,000 was raised

– Austin’s La Barbeque is named one of GQ’s best restaurants in America for 2014

– Pride and Joy BBQ’s future NYC location runs into more issues (via)

– South Carolina barbecue chain owner (and noted racist) Maurice Bessinger has died; Southern Foodways has their take on his death

– Firefighters responded to a fire at Old Hickory House in Charlotte earlier today; I haven’t seen anything further about the extent of the damage

– The NC State student paper The Technician had a short profile on Bob Garner, who is currently serving as “minister of barbecue culture” at The Pit in Durham

“My job [as minister of culture] is much more cultural than it is technical,” Garner said. “I do everything from developing new variations of recipes from the original menu, to training staff and taking plates out to the table. Customers faces are shocked to see me and it gives me a conversation starter that allows me to do what I love the most, interact with customers.”

– After not opening in Fall 2013 due to construction issues, Ed Mitchell’s ‘Que (who he is opening along with his son) is now shooting for an April 1 opening in downtown Durham


Rodney Scott, the famed barbecue pitmaster from Hemingway, SC, is taking his show on the road. After a residency at Nick’s Bar-B-Q on King Street in Charleston, SC, on December 22, 2013, he’ll tour the South from January 20 until February 4, 2014, bringing honest whole hog barbecue to a wide swath of the region.

Why the tour? Two days before Thanksgiving, Rodney’s pit house went up in flames. Undaunted, Rodney quickly put temporary pits in place, stoked the burn barrels again, and flipped more splayed hogs onto the grates. Now, two weeks later, he is ready to plan the rebuild. 

On the Rodney in Exile BBQ Tour, Fatback will serve as host for Rodney. The members of the Fatback Collective encourage you to join them in fellowship and ask you to support this bootstrap effort to rebuild a totemic barbecue joint, one sandwich at a time. 

The full tour schedule with participating chefs and cities follows:

 Rodney in Exile BBQ Tour: Fatback Grand Trail

December 22, 2013: Charleston, SC—John Haire at Nick’s Bar-B-Q 

January 20, 2014: Atlanta, GAAngie Mosier and Kevin Gillespie at Gunshow

January 23, 2014: Nashville, TN – Sean Brock and Patrick Martin at Husk Nashville

January 27, 2014: Oxford, MS John Currence and John T Edge at Lamar Lounge

January 29, 2014: New Orleans, LADonald Link, Ryan Prewitt, and Stephen Stryjewski at Cochon

February 1, 2014: Birmingham, ALDrew Robinson and Nicholas Pihakis at Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q

February 4, 2014: Charleston, SC – Sean Brock, Sam Jones, and Special Guests across from McCrady’s


For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Melany Mullens at 540.314.8089

Michelle Charak at 917.463.3833

Hmm, I might have to see if I can make the second Charleston stop on Tuesday, February 4…