Asheville hasn’t had whole hog, pit-smoked barbecue in a restaurant in a long time — but that’s about to change.
BBQ Jew brought to attention the upcoming Asheville whole hog barbecue restaurant Buxton Hill yesterday, and this article has more information on the upcoming venture between James Beard nominee Elliott Moss and pitmaster Rodney Scott of Hemingway, SC slated to open later this year.
The article also has some choice quotes from Jim Early, founder of the NC Barbecue Society, including the following shot fired at gas/electric cookers:
But Early thinks gas-fired cookers are hogwash. “I’m not throwing stones at those who do, but if you cook your meat with electricity or gas, you do not have barbecue; you have roast pork,” he said. “And you can do that with an oven in your kitchen.”
Asheville’s new pit boss?
Hey, American Tobacco Campus – prepare for the pit master.
Barbecue great Ed Mitchell – the same Mitchell that led “The Pit” in Raleigh to acclaim – is opening a barbecue restaurant this fall between Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Simply called “’Que,” the restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the new Diamond View III building and feature patio seating.
The star? Mitchell’s whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue.
Update on Pitmaster Ed Mitchell’s next gig. No word on when it opens, but a trip to Durham might be in order once it does.
Update: ‘Que is set to open in September, a few weeks after former restaurant partner Greg Hatem opens a Durham location of The Pit just a mile down the road.
Durham’s American Tobacco Campus to get new barbecue restaurant
From Charlotte Restaurant Traffic on March 13:
Our friend and colleague Patty Dowdy with National Restaurant Properties has just placed Moe’s Original BBQ in the former Pure Taqueria location in Matthews. We loved Pure but thought Matthews was an odd location. Moe’s on the other hand looks to be a perfect fit. They are based out of Colorado and this will be the 2nd North Carolina location, the other is in Ashville.
Based on their Facebook page, they are shooting for a late May opening so despite my slight skepticism (being a chain and all) I may be looking to check it out in just a few weeks.
Update: Here is a press release.
Moe’s Original BBQ Heading to Matthews
I mean, John Oliver is British and can’t possibly know what good barbecue is. But et tu, Colbert? Skip ahead to 2:55 if you don’t want to watch the whole thing.
Stephen Colbert Goes In On NC Barbecue