– The brisket bandits in St. Louis have been caught
– Texas Pete, a NC barbecue staple, gets a mention in this Eat Sip Trip article on the origins of hot sauce
Garner Foods of North Carolina was seeking to augment their barbecue sauce line and introduced a red pepper Louisiana-style hot sauce in 1929, which they named Texas Pete, to capitalize on the popularity of cowboy movies at the time. The product is a Carolina staple. According to food author Robert Moss, at the legendary Skylight Inn Barbecue in Ayden, NC, “They douse the pork with vinegar and Texas Pete while it’s still being chopped.”
– The Hub City Hog Fest took place in Spartanburg last weekend, where more than 40 teams from the Carolinas and Georgia participated in the two-day competition
– I checked this place out on a layover to Austin from Charlotte and I will have similarly good things to say when the review posts in a few weeks
– Luella’s Bar-B-Que in Asheville gets featured on Cooking Channel’s “Cheap Eats” episode on Asheville which first airs tonight at 11pm
– WNCT in eastern NC profiles Morris Barbecue, which has only opened on Saturdays in Greene County since the 1950’s, in their latest People and Places segment
– Sam Jones, Ed and Ryan Mitchell, and Rodney Scott (among others) will be back at this year’s Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
– A quick primer on NC state symbols, including that the Barbecue Festival in Lexington is the official food festival of the state
– Speaking of festivals, there are a few barbecue festivals coming up in NC over the next few months including BBQ Festival on the Neuse in Kinston, Jiggy with the Piggy Fest in Kannapolis, and the Eastern BBQ Festival in Rocky Mount
– Asian Smokehouse? I’m in!
– Charlotte Agenda’s city guide for Asheville includes Buxton Hall Barbecue and 12 Bones
– Marie, Let’s Eat! tries Martins’ Bar-B-Que Joint in Nolensville and pleads for them to open a store in Chattanooga
– Midwood Smokehouse gets some recognition as TripExpert Expert’s Choice Award 2018 and was named Best of Charlotte
Based on 1M+ reviews from 85 different publications, the award recognizes the best restaurants around the world. TripExpert takes a new approach to ratings by using only professional reviews from travel guides, magazines, newspapers and other respected sources.
– A few barbecue joints gets covered in this Alabama tourism video – BBQ on the Blvd in Florence and Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur
– How did I miss this a few weeks back?
Name: BBQ Saloon
Address: 4900 Laclede Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108
Order: Pulled pork barbecue sandwich with southern corn bread and a beer (link to menu)
Monk: Unlike Speedy, I don’t travel that much for work and thus haven’t had nearly the same opportunity to try barbecue around the country. However, I recently found myself in St Louis and while I wish I could have revisited Pappy’s Smokehouse (visited pre-blog), Sugarfire Smoke House (which Speedy liked), or Bogart’s Smokehouse downtown (which Johnny Fugitt ranked #12 in his book) but those were a little too far away for the little over an hour of free time I had. Instead, in the Central West End neighborhood where I was staying there was a somewhat promising looking joint within walking distance – BBQ Saloon.
As I walk up from my nearby hotel, the first thing I notice is the large smoker on the sidewalk going full blast at dinner time; it was hard to miss honestly. Interestingly, I later confirmed that all meat is smoked in that smoker on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant.
At the bar, I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with a honey topped cornbread. The pork was coarsely pulled chunks full of flavor and smoke. The sturdy bun was a nice touch even if was a little unwieldy to eat as a sandwich.
The southern corn bread was brushed with honey but even still not quite as sweet as i’d like.
I would definitely go back to BBQ Saloon (particularly if I was able to check out the extensive whiskey list – checking in at over 520 strong), but if I find myself in St. Louis again I hope to check out some of the other joints on my list first. And also pork steaks – the St. Louis barbecue specialty that I have yet to try.
Atmosphere – 3 hogs
Pork – 3.5 hogs
Sides – 3 hogs
Overall – 3 hogs
Burnt Legend is a 4 part web series brought to you by Flatland, the digital magazine of Kansas City’s PBS affiliate KCPT. Here’s the first chapter above, with the remaining 3 chapters now available at the Flatland YouTube page.
Kansas City is known for its legendary barbecue, but there is a smoke cloud of mystery surrounding it’s most iconic menu item: burnt ends. Burnt Legend explores the myths and truths of how burt ends became popular, how they are made, and where the BBQ Capital of the World’s favorite delicacy is going.
Zagat’s latest barbecue video takes them to Kansas City, Missouri, “one of America’s best barbecue towns”.
Kansas City is the epicenter of American barbecue culture. Zagat spoke with two of Kansas City’s beloved barbecue joints – as well as a member of the esteemed Kansas City Barbecue Society – to find out what made this midwestern city so famous for its smoked meats.
Produced by the Visit KC tourism organization, here’s a slickly-produced, short video on the history of KC barbecue.
Barbecue is a way of life in Kansas City. From “slow and low” to sweet and sassy, follow your nose and see what’s cooking in the ‘cue capital of the world. For even more barbecue suggestions, go to http://www.VisitKC.com.
– Daniel Vaughn’s best Texas barbecue bites in 2015
– Upcoming Durham restaurant openings include Picnic, a “modern take on barbecue joint” set to open in early February as well as a “biscuit and barbecue concept” at the American Tobacco Complex
– Franklin Barbecue is on this list of Austin restaurants that are opting out of open carry; on the other end of the spectrum, Brooks Place in Houston is giving open carry patrons 25% off
– Midwood Smokehouse is one of the restaurants who have expanded from the uptown area to the ‘burbs
– The year in Kansas City barbecue
– Rodney Scott gives thanks
– Robert Moss follows the mustard line from SC down through Georgia and into Florida
– If you are looking for a gift for the NC barbecue or beer lover in your life:
– Daniel Vaughn explores the greaseballs of Southwest Texas at Patillo’s Bar-B-Q
-Johnny Fugitt profiles Smokee Mo’s BBQ for St. Louis Magazine
– Marie, Let’s Eat! revisits the 50 year old Hickory Hut BBQ in Dallas, GA
– NPR’s The Salt food blog profiles Sam Jones’ new barbecue joint, Sam Jones BBQ
To understand the significance of Sam Jones BBQ, you have to understand the place in the barbecue firmament. And you have to start with barbecue’s place in the Tar Heel state. Aficionados regard North Carolina not only as a capital of barbecue, but a cradle of the cuisine. It is as central as basketball to the state’s identity.
But so many barbecue joints have replaced wood with gas that some folks feared the impending death of all-wood pit cooking. The North Carolina Barbecue Society estimated a few years ago that only 30 wood-pit barbecue restaurants were left in the state. To diehards, the demise of traditional wood-smoked barbecue in North Carolina would be tantamount to a death in the family. Maybe worse.
– The BBC reports on black pitmasters being left out of the barbecue boom
“National press is infatuated with white, male hipster BBQ,” writes Robb Walsh on the blog First We Feast. “Believe it or not, blacks, Latinos, and women are involved in the barbecue biz too.”
– On a related note, Robert Moss’ list of the 15 most influential people in barbecue history
Here, arranged chronologically, is my list of the 15 most influential figures in American barbecue history. By “influential”, I don’t mean the best cooks or the most successful restaurateurs, necessarily. We’re talking about impact and legacy: the people who helped shape the South’s rich barbecue tradition and create and promote the diverse regional styles we enjoy today. It’s a list that cuts across lines of race and class.
– Moss also has the first part in a series for the “Best of Southern BBQ” Awards
– Just saw that Bill Spoon’s now has a barbecue food truck serving the greater Charlotte area
– La Barbecue – #1 in our recently released Austin rankings – is moving again in order to stay open during nights for patrons of the neighborhood bars
– The Smoking Ho’s recap of the TMBBQ Behind the Pit Dinner at Snow’s BBQ
– Marie, Let’s Eat! continues his Alabama barbecue travels at Bar-B-Q Hut in Heflin and The Rocket in Jacksonville
– This list is from 2012 but worth a revisit since it has been retweeted in the past week
– The Southern Sauce Festival, which combines the Q-City Charlotte Barbecue Championship and the Charlotte Beerfest, is one of the 10 things you must do in September, according to Charlotte Five
– From friend of the blog Johnny Fugitt, the most underrated barbecue in St. Louis
– More lists: Yahoo’s 50 best barbecue restaurants in the America by state; gotta say, some headscratchers in this one
– IT’S ALL HAPPENING:
-NPR article on how locals are turning 5-hour long lines at Franklin’s into cold hard cash
– The Daily Meal’s list of America’s 35 Best Ribs 2015 was compiled from 40 different “rib experts” and includes The Pit in Raleigh at #34; Louie Mueller takes the top overall spot (check out Rudy’s recent review here)
– In cool local barbecue and beer news, Birdsong Brewing is brewing a small batch beer with the help of Queen City Q
– Congrats to Mac’s Speed Shop as they took 5th in whole hog at last weekend’s Memphis in May
– Charlotte food writer Kathleen Purvis breaks down 5 new barbecue books from 12 Bones, Franklin Barbecue, and more
– Charlotte Five points out what you can eat at The Improper Pig for under $20 (tip not included)
– Chef Ben Adams of Durham’s Piedmont is leaving that restaurant to open a barbecue restaurant in North Durham with Wyatt Dickson, whom he met back in college at UNC
– Meanwhile, The AP Stylebook gets things horribly, horribly wrong: barbecue is a noun not a verb
– This opinion article from blues singer Pam Saulsby contains some updates on Ed Mitchell’s next venture
A reliable source tells me that while Mr. Mitchell’s Que Restaurant and Blues Experience is no longer in business at The American Tobacco Campus in Durham, there are plans to re-open in a larger location. In fact, Mitchell has his eye on two locations: one between Chapel Hill and Durham and another on the outskirts of Raleigh.
– Robert Moss has a list of the top 5 southern barbecue sides, broken down by region, in his latest column
– Catching up with prior posts from Moss, one on Aaron Franklin winning a James Beard award and another on shoulder clod, “Texas’s forgotten bbq star”
– If you’re smoking barbecue at home (and you should), here’s some great info on what wood to use for what meat
– The Men In Blazers met up with GFOP’s (great friends of the pod) at Joe’s Kansas City last week