Monk: The Cuegrass festival, a mix of barbecue, bluegrass, and beer, is back next April in downtown Raleigh. It’s been a few years since I’ve been, but it looks like they’ve moved a few blocks away from in front of The Pit restaurant onto Fayetteville Street. Here were my thoughts from 2019:
Mark your calendars for April 20 for what is sure to be a fun time.
The Barbecue Festival has been nominated by NC Tripping for best annual festival
John Tanner visits Franklin Barbecue
DC barbecue featured in Texas Monthly
Team applications are now open for Memphis in May
Texas Monthly with some helpful suggestions for leftover barbecue
The labor shortage hits Texas barbecue
Noted fan of barbecue Jon Favreau recently stopped in at Heritage Barbecue
Monk: Congrats to Joseph Haynes on the release of his latest barbecue history book “From Barbycu to Barbecue,” now available from the University of South Carolina Press.
The central premise of Haynes’ book is that the barbecue methods were not imported from the Caribbean but instead were a collaboration “between Native Americans, Europeans, and free and enslaved people of African descent during the seventeenth century.”
While I’m somewhat familiar with Haynes’ work online, I have not ready any of his books to date. The release of his latest book is reason enough to check him out.
Digging this new Sam Jones BBQ tee
This week Jon G’s will be at Super Abari Game Bar on Wednesday, 7/26
Noble Smoke has a “Two Napkin BLT” on the menu for the summer
A belated happy birthday to “Papaw Keith” Smith of Bar-B-Q King
Agreed – this is too pretty not to share
John Tanner welcomes the sight of direct heat true ‘cue in Virginia at Two Drummers Smokehouse in Toano (whole hog coming?!)
A photo of City Limits Barbeque’s sides
ICYMI, Franklin Barbecue is taking a well-earned vacation
Monk: After Rodney Scott and Adrian Miller made some long overdue contributions to black barbecue books last year, we have a couple of new entries in 2022. Matt Horn of the acclaimed Horn Barbecue in Oakland released his new barbecue book (with Adrian Miller giving the foreword) on April 12. In addition to the recipes of what he calls “West Coast Barbecue,” Horn recounts his barbecue journey and how it echoes “the glorious lineage of African American barbecue in the US.”
Coincidentally, Kevin Bludso also released his barbecue book on April 12. Bludso similarly recaps his journey, which has taken him from Compton, CA to the small Texas town of Corsicana.
Rodney Scott’s cookbook last year was the first in decades from a black pitmaster, and we have two more this year from an old veteran and an up-and-coming Michelin-starred chef. Let’s keep it going.
The Kings of Q Barbecue Festival, named in honor of Latham “Bum” Dennis of Bum’s Restaurant and the late Pete Jones of Skylight Inn, returns next month to Ayden after 2 years off
The Southern Foodways Alliance presents a barbecue sides bracket for their contribution to this year’s March Madness. Vote now as we’re already in the Final Four, with the Championship tomorrow and the winner announced Friday.
If true, not a good look for Noble Smoke
D.G. Martin seeks input from readers on NC eateries off interstate highways for the next edition of “North Carolina Roadside Eateries”
BBQ Fest on the Neuse wants to know: are you team slaw or not?
Archibald’s BBQ is celebrating 60 years open this year
Adrian Miller on the dearly departed Boney’s Smokehouse in Denver
“Order anything but brisket”; Arthur Bryant’s pleads customers to not order their most popular cut due to rising beef prices
Franklin Barbecue’s new sauce is Spicy
J.C. Reid on Roegels Barbecue in Katy
...but I gotta say, it reminds me of the infamous “Brooklyn BBQ” meme
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