– As part of its Project 543 (named for the 543 miles between Manteo on the coast and Murphy in the mountains), Visit NC has a short profile on Lexington though it curiously says you can “go whole hog” in a city where they smoke pork shoulders
“Gas station barbecue is a phenomenon in the South and especially Mississippi,” Hatten said. “It’s servicing a population of the state that otherwise probably wouldn’t have lunch because they have to get back to work … a family-run joint is the archetype in the state.”
Now here’s a story every North Carolina school child should learn. It is that of a kid who grew up on a Wayne County tobacco farm in the Great Depression, dropped out of school in the eighth grade to help support his family, worked at a variety of jobs and at 29, bought himself a hot dog stand.
The Hogmolly, created for Panthers GM Dave Gettleman and inspired by his nickname for “linemen of girth.” Sliced smoked brisket, tomato BBQ sauce, fried onions, pickled jalapeno, and cole slaw. It’s called a Hogmolly, so why isn’t there pork? And why are they featuring brisket in the heart of whole hog country? So many questions.
– An AP story on how to make a Lexington-style pulled pork sandwich complete with dip has been circulating various newspapers and websites lately, and funnily enough a Texas newspaper has picked it up
– In other Texas-North Carolina happenings, the pitmaster from Midwood Smokehouse in Charlotte recently made a trek to Texas to attend a barbecue camp at Texas A&M but I have it on good authority that the real reason behind it was to offer Johnny Football his autograph for money
– A new Food Network show about The Shed barbecue/blues joint in Mississippi (oddly enough, titled “The Shed”) premiered on Sunday night but is unfortunately one of those “heavily-scripted reality shows where everyone comes across as a bad actor”
– Speaking of which, Winston-Salem pitmaster Mark Little of “Bib’s Downtown” lost in a semifinal episode of “BBQ Pitmasters” that also aired this past Sunday
– Blue Mist Bar-B-Que has closed down in Asheboro; I’ve never been there and haven’t been to the zoo in 20 years but they cooked barbecue the right way and I’m sad I won’t get to go now