Charlotte Barbecue News from the Fourth Quarter of 2020

Monk: The Charlotte barbecue news seemingly slowed down in the last 3 months of 2020 as the restaurants that thankfully are still open continue to struggle through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we begin 2021, here’s hoping the news is more positive than negative. Fingers crossed!

October

10/12 Charlotte-based Bojangles briefly expanded to barbecue for National Pulled Pork Day on October 12th

10/13 – Midwood Smokehouse is one of the barbecue restaurants that politicians make a point to visit when in Charlotte

10/15 – Mac’s Speed Shop handed out free pulled pork for early voters in front of the Bojangles Entertainment Complex

November

11/9 – Midwood Smokehouse‘s brisket cheesesteak makes this list of the 6 “must-try” ones in Charlotte

11/23 – Perry’s Pig Pickin’ in Mint Hill is part of a small grocery store; the history of how this Perry brother didn’t get into the jewelry business in the Charlotte Ledger

11/28 The Smoke Pit celebrated 6 years open at its original Concord location

December

12/3 – Chef Jim Noble of Noble Smoke, his religiously conservative views, and how they fit in with today’s Charlotte

12/16 Sweet Lew’s BBQ introduces brisket tamales

12/22 Jon G’s Barbecue makes Charlotte Five’s list of best takeout meals in 2020

Linkdown: 12/9/20

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Last week, an article that former Charlotte Observer food writer Kathleen Purvis did for Charlotte Magazine appeared online. It digs into Chef Jim Noble and his complicated stature in Charlotte’s restaurant landscape. On one hand, he is a well-respected and successful chef and restaurateur whose philanthropic pursuits include his King’s Kitchen restaurant that employs people who are under normal circumstances considered unemployable due to poverty, homelessness, or addiction. He is also a reverend who leads bible study at that same restaurant. On the other hand, he has a religiously conservative view on gay rights and was one of only two restaurateurs who officially supported House Bill 2 (or HB2) passed by the NC Legislature in 2015 that required transgender people to use the bathroom that conformed with the gender on their birth certificates, essentially wiping out a nondiscrimination ordinance enacted shortly before by the Charlotte City Council.

From there, Purvis zooms out to explore some of the history of discrimination in the south in both the past and the present. I won’t recap it here, but it’s definitely worth a read.

It should be noted that while Noble declined to be interviewed for Purvis’s story there is no record of Noble’s restaurants discriminating against anyone in the LGBTQ+ community. But that doesn’t mean that potential patrons of his restaurants (which, in addition to Noble Smoke includes two Rooster’s Kitchen locations and Bossy Beulah’s) won’t take his views into account in deciding whether or not to spend money there, regardless of whether they are part of the LGBTQ+ community or not.

I haven’t made a decision either way, but it certainly has been and will continue to be on my mind going forward.

Native News

Check out this beautifully restored sign at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

A City Barbeque will soon be occupying a former Steak ‘n Shake in Greensboro

Get your Jon G’s preorder in by next week

BBQ King in Lincolnton is also taking preorders for Christmas

Non-Native News

John Tanner doing yeoman’s work by taste testing the McRib

Speaking of the McRib, here’s Francis Lam’s bite-by-bite review from 10 years ago

A combination oyster bar, barbecue joint, and microbrewery is in the works from an ambitious Columbia, SC developer

A roundup of Greenville (SC) barbecue joints with a very high level primer on barbecue in the state

ICYMI, our Nashville Top 5 Posted on Monday

HOG POT

Linkdown: 4/22/20

Congrats to Midwood Smokehouse on their Charlotte Magazine Best of the Best Voter’s Choice Award for “Best BBQ”; Sweet Lew’s BBQ was the runner up

Another mail order barbecue list, from Robert Moss in Southern Living

Congrats to AmazingRibs.com on turning 15

Noble Smoke is now delivering in Charlotte

The folks behind Hubba Hubba Smokehouse opened up a “neighborhood bar and grill” called Campfire Grill that has Hubba Hubba barbecue on the takeout menu and plenty of live fire cooking

Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis argues that “barbecue is the perfect pandemic food” because you can “[o]rder extra and cook it all week.”

Peg Leg Porker reopens on May 1 for curbside to go and delivery

Happy belated birthday to Tootsie!

Linkdown: 2/5/20

In sad news, Peace N’ Hominy Q Shack in Belmont has officially closed after owner Christine Rienk’s breast cancer returned after 12 years in remission; a GoFundMe has been set up to help with the costs of chemotherapy #cancersucks

Sweet Lew’s BBQ’s new Cheerwine beef jerky will debut this month according to Charlotte Five

Buxton Smokeshow by Buxton Hall is bringing a heavy crew of pitmasters and chefs for its inaugural event on 5/17

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The countdown is over! Buxton Hall fans, ‘cue lovers & whole-hog worshippers, here’s the news you’ve been waiting for! Elliott and our crew at Buxton Hall have dreamed up the raddest of BBQ festivals, and you’re invited! ⁣ On Sunday, May 17th, we’re throwing down in #Asheville at @HighlandBrewery. From 5pm – 9pm, enjoy endless soul-warming ‘cue from your favorite joints from across the southeast & beyond. Plus, there will be live music (bands to be announced next month), and equally as show-stopping non-BBQ bites. Plus tasty brews from our pals at Highland Brewery. ⁣ Head on over to the link in our bio for more info and early bird tickets! ⁣ Pitmasters⁣ 🌟Leo Botello – Truth BBQ, Houston, TX⁣ 🌟Zach Parker – B.E. Scott’s, Lexington, TN ⁣ 🌟Mike Patrick – Fancy Hanks, Melbourne, AUS⁣ 🌟Harrison Sapp – Southern Soul Barbeque, Saint Simons Island, GA⁣ 🌟Jonathan & Justin Fox – Fox Bro's BBQ, Atlanta, GA⁣ 🌟Billy Durney – Hometown BBQ, Red Hook, NYC⁣ 🌟Sam Jones – Sam Jones BBQ & Skylight Inn, Greenville/Ayden, NC⁣ 🌟Matt Horn – Horn BBQ, Oakland, CA⁣ 🌟Pat Martin – Martin's BBQ, Nashville, TN ⁣ 🌟 Rodney Scott – Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Charleston, SC ⁣ ⁣ Chefs⁣ ⭐️Brian Canipelli – Cucina 24 & Forestry Camp, Asheville, NC⁣ ⭐️Brian Wolfe – Kimball House, Atlanta, GA⁣ ⭐️Joe Kindred – Hello Sailor, Kindred, Davidson, NC⁣ ⭐️Annie Pettry – Decca, Louisville, KY⁣ ⭐️Mike Moore – Vin Rouge & Blind Pig, Durham, NC⁣ ⭐️William Dissen – Marketplace & Haymaker, Asheville/Charlotte, NC⁣ ⭐️Meherwan Irani – Chai Pani & Botiwalla, Asheville, NC/Atlanta, GA⁣ ⭐️Matt Kelly – Mateo & Saint James, Durham, NC

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The NC Barbecue Society Boot Camp (offered 3 times a year, once in each NC region) is one of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “8 great destinations for the intrepid solo traveler”

Congrats to Chef Jim Noble who was awarded by the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association the Ken Conrad Award for Service to the Community for his work with his restaurant The King’s Kitchen (which donates 100% of its profits to feed the poor) and partners with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center to provide professional opportunities to Charlotteans who have suffered from “extreme life-challenges” such as poverty, homelessness and the slow, uphill battle of recovering from substance abuse or incarceration