The NC F&B talks with Jerry Stephenson, who along with his sister Roxane runs The Redneck BBQ Lab in Benson in Johnston County in eastern NC. During the discussion, he discusses how he got started in the restaurant business, his philosophy and approach to barbecue, as well as his appearance on Chopped earlier this year.
Why go to Johnston County for BBQ? Redneck BBQ is scientific, it’s for “people who were picked last at dodgeball.” It doesn’t matter how it’s supposed to taste, what matters is how does it taste?
Jerry Stephenson isn’t scared of anything, except for maybe his Momma’s opinion of his food, listen into find out if she likes his BBQ.
Monk: Friend of the blog and co-founder of The Smoke Sheet Ryan Cooper (aka BBQ Tourist) chats with Kevin in this podcast about his recent Texas trip to Austin for Robert Jacob Lerma’s huge barbecue party and then his exploration of the Fort Worth barbecue scene.
Description: In this special episode I chat with Ryan Cooper(@BBQTourist: https://www.instagram.com/bbqtourist) who by day works for the National Park Service, but by night(and off hours) is co-founder of The Smoke Sheet(https://www.bbqnewsletter.com) and travels the country searching out incredible barbecue. We talk about his recent 10 day trip to Texas (from Nebraska where he lives) where he visited 20 BBQ joints and went to what is possibly the best BBQ party of the year (Robert Jacob Lerma’s Summer BBQ Bash).
Monk: Marc Russell and Adam Cunningham are the guys behind Longleaf Swine, the Raleigh food truck that will be opening a brick and mortar store at Transfer Co Food Hall. The NC F&B podcast hosts Max Trujillo and Matthew Weiss get the origin story of how and why Marc and Adam got into barbecue and also get some details on their upcoming food stall, including what the bar will likely look like (think shots and PBR).
Description: Raleigh is up in smoke! Esquites (Mexican street corn) on the side of a classic double patty burger done on a flat top with American cheese and dill pickles all on a potato bun. Hungry yet? I haven’t even talked about BBQ yet. Adam Cunningham and Marc Russel are fusing Eastern North Carolina, Texas and Kansas City BBQ’s all in one. As if melding different BBQ cultures wasn’t enough, these mad-bbq geniuses introduce latin flavors (barbacoa) into their whole hogs, smoked meats and sides. We nerd out on BBQ, why you have to use a flat top to cook burgers, how to use smokers inside. You can listen to this now and go experience it all soon at Longleaf Swine BBQ inside the Transfer CO food hall!
As part of Sam Jones’ publicity tour for his book earlier this year, he stopped by Hugh Acheson Stirs the Pot while in town for the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. A lot of familiar ground is covered if you’ve heard other Sam Jones interviews, but Acheson does offer a chef’s perspective as well.
Description: North Carolina chef Sam Jones stops by Empire State South to talk about his new book ‘Whole Hog BBQ’ and how much different writing about barbecue is than cooking it.
Natalie Ramsey and Chase Webb are the third generation of the Bridges family to work at the venerated Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby. It’s definitely a Barbecue Bros fave and I’m glad that Kevin’s BBQ Joints interviewed them for the podcast since I don’t think they get a lot of recognition outside of the Piedmont of North Carolina.
In this episode I chat with Natalie Ramsey and Chase Webb from Red Bridges BBQ – Shelby, North Carolina. We discuss the long history of the restaurant which opened in 1946 in Cleveland County (called Dedmond’s Barbecue). In 1953, Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge was moved to their current location on Highway 74 in Shelby. One of the greatest things about Red Bridges BBQ is that while they have added items as demand grew for specific dishes (i.e. BBQ Nachos), they have stayed true to the old ways of cooking over wood, low and slow, and keeping the recipes for items such as slow the exact same as day one. You can tell the great passion Natalie and Chase have for their business and more importantly family. I guarantee they will treat you like family when you visit. Note they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Sam Jones is his usually charming self on the Effin B Radio podcast in a discussion that covers a lot of the ground from his recently-released book “Sam Jones: Whole Hog BBQ.”
Lindsay sits down with BBQ behemoth Sam Jones to talk preserving tradition while still evolving and what it’s like to be a third generation Whole Hog pit master. His brand new book Whole Hog is filled with beautiful stories and treasured recipes but the best part of the show might just be Sam reading a few excerpts from his unpublished collection of quotes that lives on his phone. He lovingly dubs these one-liners “Things You Hear Stand-in Around” and they’re prettyyyy hysterical.
Sean Ludwig (aka NYC BBQ) and Ryan Cooper (aka BBQ Tourist), the guys behind The Smoke Sheet weekly barbecue newsletter (and friends of the blog), join Kevin to discuss their barbecue origins as well as their newsletter. They then wrap up by each giving recommendations in NYC as well as Houston, where Ryan has been making a point to travel this year to explore the barecue scene.
In this episode I chat with Sean Ludwig & Ryan Cooper from The Smoke Sheet, the definitive weekly BBQ newsletter. We discuss all of the great content that comes into your email box every Wednesday as well as Sean and Ryan’s background in terms of BBQ and how they cover the world of barbecue by visiting BBQ joints and BBQ events across the US. We end with some restaurants recommendations in the regions they cover extensively.
While the above photo is from Lexington Barbecue, this podcast episode focuses on the different types of road trips you can take in their native Texas. Still, for those looking to make a trip to Texas, be they casual fans or prospective restaurant owners or those interested in history, there’s some good tips.
In this conversation, Dave Chang focuses on how Franklin has become a shokunin, or master craftsman, for barbecue. In addition to the usual barbecue talk, Chang also asks Franklin a lot of questions about the hospitality that Franklin shows everyone that comes to Franklin Barbecue and how hard it was for him to step away from being in the restaurant almost 22 hours day.
In 2009, when Aaron Franklin and his wife, Stacy, opened up a barbecue trailer on the side of a highway in Austin, Texas, they had no idea it would snowball into one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the nation. But Franklin Barbecue wouldn’t have become what it is without Aaron’s unwavering commitment to hard work and dedication. A decade removed from the Austin institution’s humble beginnings, Dave speaks with the world-class pitmaster from the Uber Eats House during SXSW about transfusing love and care into cooking, making an intentional effort to maintain work-life balance, and growing the restaurant through failure.
The two co-founders of The Smokesheet, BBQ Tourist and NYC BBQ, joined the Man Meat BBQ podcast to discuss their origin story with barbecue and also assemble their perfect plate of barbecue out of their favorite barbecue bites from across the US.
There is a little bit of cussing at the top, so be warned. Also be warned that the host Mike could have used a cough button. Still, a pretty good conversation between three barbecue enthusiasts.