Monk: Queen City Nerve goes deep on the roots of the newly opened Firehawk Brewpub in Mount Holly. While I haven’t made it out there myself (and couldn’t make the media opening due to family commitments), I do plan to make the trip very soon. After reading this article about the barbecue restaurant/fish camp/brewery, I’m even more excited.
Dana Hanson is a Meat Scientist at NC State and runs their annual barbecue camp, modeled after Texas A&M
Sweet Lew’s BBQ and The Smoke Pit are two vendors for this weekend’s Taste of Charlotte
Looks like Christopher Prieto and Prime Barbecue will be on UNC-TV soon
New Sam Jones BBQ merch just in time for Father’s Day
John Tanner enjoyed Randy’s Ribs , a carry-out place on Route 5 in Maryland
Fresh off retirement from the competition circuit, Melissa Cookston weighs in on 14 barbecue myths
Congrats to Kevin Bludso on the James Beard win for his latest cookbook;
No barbecue pitmasters or chefs won this year and the Carolinas were also shut out, but here’s the full list of winners
Monk: Netflix’s barbecue answer to the Great British Bakeoff is back. “Barbecue Showdown” (formerly “The American BBQ Showdown”) premieres today, May 26th. Eight amateur barbecuers (some who are even “new to this whole barbecue thing”) compete for a $50,000 prize. Melissa Cookston and Kevin Bludso return as judges, and the trailer heavily previews “the trench,” a “massive, open fire cooking arena.” Will be curious to see how they incorporate this apparatus into the season.
Description: Barbecue Showdown is back, and the competition is bigger, and blazing hot! Eight of the best barbecuers from across the country will have to master the flame in an open fire playground, and create mouth-watering, boundary-pushing barbecue, for a $50,000 prize. Actress and comedian Michelle Buteau serves as host, and joins world-class BBQ judges Melissa Cookston and Kevin Bludso to crown the next great pitmaster. Barbecue Showdown Season 2 premieres May 26th, only on Netflix.
Monk: Firehawk Brewpub opened its doors this past Saturday in Mount Holly and the barbecue joint/brewery promptly sold out within hours of opening. Based on the comments on its Facebook page, it appears that the visitors that day were pleased with their food and beer. I hope to confirm for myself soon.
Firehawk Brewpub will be open Wednesday through Friday from 4-9 and Saturday from 11-9 this week. Check their Instagram and Facebook pages for further updates on hours of operation.
Some photos from Jake Wood’s Gettin’ Piggy With It; looks like it was a great event
An estimated 100,000+ people attended last weekend’s Cheerwine Festival
Photos of the Winners from last weekend’s Memphis in May 2023 World Barbecue Championship
Melissa Cookston has officially cooked in her last Memphis in May and will be focusing on her other businesses as well as the World Junior BBQ League
More coverage of Cookston’s retirement of sorts
Cedric the Entertainer and Anthony Anderson stopped by Memphis in May for their upcoming TV show, “Kings of BBQ”
Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, TX has recently added a barbecue joint and distillery to its operations
Barbecue Showdown season 2 will be released this Friday on Netfllix
John Tanner loved the Brunswick stew from Porkey’s BBQ in Lothian, Maryland
The Southern Foodways Alliance profiles Daniel Vaughn
Whether the whole hog tradition is dying out or evolving into a new form is left unsettled. By the end of the story, Chris Siler at Siler’s Old Time has switched to pork shoulders after it got too hard to procure whole hogs, and Ricky Parker is gone, dead from liver disease at only 51. At the same time, a new generation of cooks from other walks of life, like Tyson Ho at Arrogant Swine in Brooklyn, NY, and Elliot Moss at Buxton Hall in Asheville, NC, have made the “journey into the madness of whole-hog fanaticism.”
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