In Memphis, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most finger-licking delicious barbecue joints in the country. Whether you prefer brisket, pulled pork, or a slab of baby back ribs, more than 100 barbecue joints across town are ready to wow you (mostly with pork since that’s what Memphis-style is all about). The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest each May draws more than 75,000 barbeque-loving attendees. While in town, sign up for a class with Memphis Barbecue Supply, including free classes on how to cook competition-quality pulled pork and pork ribs. Yum.
– Queen City Q remains the barbecue vendor at Charlotte Knights stadium this year, and are now smoking all barbecue in-house
Barbecue smoked in-house, which had previously only been available on the catering menu, has been added at the outfield picnic area. New items offered to fans include house-smoked, hand pulled pork; slow-cooked, carved brisket; grilled hot dogs; and corn on the cob and potato salad.
– It’s not barbecue, but Bojangles is a NC institution (duh)
Name: Kings Restaurant Date: 9/7/15 Address: 405 East New Bern Road, Kinston, NC 28504 Order: Pig-in-a-Puppy combo with fries, slaw, and a drink (link to menu) Price: $8
As it turns out, the last barbecue I tried on Labor Day weekend ended up being the best of the bunch. To be honest, after a weekend of eating and drinking, barbecue was kind of the last thing I wanted to have on our 7 hour drive back home. Nevertheless, I try to be a team player when I can (many times much to my wife’s chagrin), so we stopped at King’s Restaurant in Kinston.
Outside of Wilber’s in Goldsboro, the other barbecue restaurant I’ve heard come up the most in the region was King’s. People tend to speak fondly of it with memories of how they would stop there on the way to and from the beach growing up. Plus, they have a barbecue sandwich in a giant hush puppy. I repeat: a barbecue sandwich in a giant hush puppy. This is not a drill, people.
Even without the novelty of the sandwich – the hushpuppy “bun” was kind of weird but I got over it pretty quickly – the pork was nicely smoked and more than held up on its own. After I finished my combo, I snuck some away from my daughter’s kid’s meal (not that she was eating much of it anyways) because I found it to be that good. Or maybe it was in comparison to the lackluster barbecue I had eaten earlier in the weekend.
I wrote in an earlier review for McCall’s that next time I would rather just go to Wilber’s (particularly since they are 0.5 miles apart) and while Wilber’s does edge out King’s by a bit, they are separated by 22 miles on highway 70. Depending on which way I’m headed to or from the beach in this theoretical example, I could see myself going with either and being quite content.
– Barbecue Bros fave Midwood Smokehouse is adding a Ballantyne location so that folks in suburbia can have good barbecue too; it will also allow them to expand their catering operations with the space’s larger kitchen
The place’s selection of sauces also include a sweet/spicy traditional, an Eastern-style and a mustard one, plus versions dubbed Korean, Thai and teriyaki. You’ll want to try them, and use at least one liberally. A half chicken, smoked, had more moisture than the pork, though not much more flavor. Wings were OK, and go for $10 a pound, in our case eight wings.
– Speaking of which, in his latest column he moves away from exploring certain dishes to reviewing a barbecue joint; first up, its B’s Cracklin BBQ in Savannah, who only opened last October but is cooking heritage breed hogs over all types of wood