– The Mallard Creek BBQ is tomorrow and Rachel Rollar of NBC Charlotte has a preview; she also reports that some of the proceeds will go to help victims of Hurricane Matthews
– The NC Barbecue Revival is this coming weekend, and the Raleigh News & Observer’s Mouthful blog has a post on the origin of the festival
– They also get a write up in Durham Magazine
When Sunday arrives, prepare yourself for the weekend’s culminating event by attending the BBQ Church, a service that pays tribute to the “Barbecue Man,” through debate and discussion of the whole hog. Next up is to what all you barbecue connoisseurs should look forward to: the pig pickin’ and picnic. Hosted by Picnic, join local chefs as the community comes together to share in this time-honored meal that includes delicious sides and desserts. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music, take part in a pie auction and pick a spot on the trailer for a hay ride. With wines and a beer garden provided by local vendors, the event will also feature a wide variety sips to delight in along with all that delectable barbecue.
– …and Food and Wine
– Speaking of Picnic, here’s barbecue man Wyatt Dickson’s love letter to barbecue
– Grant takes a drive not too close and not too far to Sequatchie Valley BBQ in Dunlap, TN
– This November, vote your conscience:
– Buxton Hall is going to NYC in September as part of the Bon Appetit Hot 10 (believe thats their fried chicken sandwich in the photo)
– More coverage of the NC BBQ Revival from tv station WRAL and Eater
– The North Carolina 100 (which posts 100 word “stories”, but thats for another day) list of their favorite barbecue joints
– Barbecue man Evan LeRoy is leaving Freedmen’s Bar to start his own place
– Where to eat barbecue in Austin when you don’t want to endure the line at Franklin
– Also from Eater (I may have missed this from June, can’t remember), an Austin barbecue primer that includes a brief and incomplete history of barbecue in Austin
A seismic shift in Central Texas barbecue lore began in the early aughts with John Mueller’s spot on Manor Road 2001 (yes, related to the Taylor Muellers). He opened the restaurant with little fanfare, but drew loyal crowds and acclaim for five years despite battles with personal issues and middling profits. Mueller also famously employed Aaron Franklin at the register (not on the pit) and the prep station, leading to Franklin’s $1,000 purchase of Mueller’s old pit for what would become the Franklin Barbecue trailer.
– The new Midwood SmokeShack opened out of the blue last Thursday
– WOW: Picnic is hosting a three-day “bbq revival” and bringing in Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall, Sam Jones of Skylight Inn and Sam Jones BBQ, Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin BBQ, Tyson Ho of Arrogant Swine, John Lewis of Lewis BBQ plus a lot more
– Speaking of Buxton Hall Barbecue, they have been named the #9 best new restaurant in America 2016
– Grant visits Zombie Pig BBQ in Columbus, his last new Georgia barbecue restaurant for awhile
– First We Feast gets another esteemed panel of experts to discuss “The Most Influential BBQ in America”; Barbecue Bros faves Stamey’s and Scott’s makes the list from the Carolinas
– Daniel Vaughn revisits Fox Bros Bar-B-Q after a few years and comes away impressed
– Question #1: Why are there two styles of NC Barbecue?
– Question #2: How would you describe SC barbecue?
Adding one more layer of complexity, he said that a third (or fifth, depending on who’s counting) sauce should be included: “rust gravy,” a ketchup-and-mustard blend found statewide, especially at the Dukes Bar-B-Que restaurants.
– Charlotte Agenda reports that Mac’s Speed Shop is opening a downtown Matthews location, just around the corner from Moe’s Barbeque
– Tim Kaine spent his Monday night eating barbecue at Buxton Hall and jamming with a bluegrass band nextdoor at Catawba Brewery
– So you can eat barbecue and lose weight; The Smoking Ho offers proof