– Congrats to Marie, Let’s Eat! on their 300th barbecue review, Blind Pig in Jackson, GA
– The NC Whole Hog Champion was crowned after this past week’s championship in Raleigh, and congratulations to Grillfather Cooking Team of Roanoke Rapids, captained by Ernest Twisdale
– A man and his two sons also participated as contestants in the Whole Hog Barbecue Championship this past weekend in Raleigh
– Charlotte Observer writes up next week’s Q City Charlotte BBQ Championship, which for the first time this year is a NC BBQ Association event
– Uncle Ho nears the opening day of Arrogant Swine
The first issue was getting my hogs. I have specific heritage breed pigs shipped up from North Carolina. Getting the logistics set up for them to arrive in time for me to cook is harrowing indeed. There’s really no last minute supplement either—it’s not like I can wander into any random supermarket and pick up a 200-pound pig if my delivery falls through.
Cook too much and you waste money. Cook too little and you not only lose sales, you also sour relationships with customers who made the trip to see you. It’s basically spinning a roulette wheel with over $20,000 all on red. If that’s thrilling to you, you’re in the right place. I, on the other hand, needed a midwife next to me reminding me to breathe while placing my orders.
– Congrats to BSA Troop 33 for winning Creative Loafing’s Critic’s Choice for Best Barbecue (huh?); meanwhile, Midwood Smokehouse wins the reader’s choice for best barbecue
– The Great NC BBQ Map gets more coverage, this time from Paste Magazine
– Mac’s Speed Shop buys a former auto shop in Greensboro and plans to expand there
– Charlotte Business Journal interviews Mike and Anna Hicks, owners of Carolina BBQ in Spartanburg, SC
– Here and Now reports on how politics and barbecue are intertwined in North Carolina
– Scott’s Bar-B-Que gets mentioned in yet another barbecue list (via)
– John Lewis of la Barbecue to open a barbecue restaurant called Lewis Barbecue in Charleston next spring and as a result I just so happen to be planning a trip to Charleston for the late spring/early summer
– Speaking of John Lewis and Charleston, this:
– Charlotte, NC is the #1 “Best Big-City Bargain” according to Money Magazine and Midwood Smokehouse gets a brief shoutout