Monk: A beautiful ode to B’s Barbecue from a NC-born California-resident in search of the elusive ribs. They sell out early (and I mean really early) so you’ve either got to get there at 6am or have a good friend willing to do the same. Will she get those ribs? Check the story to find out.
Last week’s issue of The Smoke Sheet featured 10 of the best Eastern NC barbecue joints from friend of the blog John Tanner
Jon G’s will be at Vaulted Oak today
Noble Smoke makes Axios Charlotte’s 25 best restaurants in Charlotte right now at #25
Looks like Red Bridges Barbecue is getting in on the #woodpilewednesday action
Ahead of opening a brick and mortar, LeRoy and Lewis are selling their food truck
Texas Monthly visits Blake Stoker’s Blake’s at Southern Milling in Martin, TN
The latest John Tanner barbecue stop is in Smokehouse Barbecue Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland
Monk: Cheerwine has launched their “Uniquely Southern Summer Contest” and are giving Barbecue Bros readers – some of the smartest barbecue connoisseurs around – an edge when it comes to the contest. Simply enter “BBQBROS” in the “Bonus Code” box for a bonus entry when entering the contest at the link here.
Next week’s prize is The Carolina ‘Que Collection, “an ultimate culinary adventure featuring gift cards to over a dozen barbecue restaurants across North and South Carolina. Savor the mouthwatering flavors and unique regional styles that make Carolina barbecue legendary, and see why Cheerwine and BBQ are known as the ‘Southern Handshake.'”
The grand prize of the contest is a three-day, two-night stay at the historic Brown Mountain Beach Resort, “located in the breathtaking Wilson Creek Gorge of Lenoir, North Carolina, promises an unforgettable getaway where history and natural beauty intertwine. The stay will include a Cheerwine-themed riverfront yurt and plenty of swag from the South’s favorite soda. The winner will also enjoy paddleboard and kayak excursions along Wilson Creek and more.”
The contest ends on July 30 so be sure to enter today (and don’t forget to use the code “BBQBROS”).
More info on the restaurants included in the gift card pack here:
Congrats to Grady’s BBQ on 37 years open!
B’s Barbecue is featured in this month’s Garden & Gun Magazine
Monk: It’s no surprise that Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby has long been a favorite of the Barbecue Bros, and for good reason. They have been in business for 78 years and still cook over wood the old fashioned way. Not to mention they have consistently delivered for me personally every visit over the past 15 years I’ve regularly been eating there. The below photo is the wood stack closest to the building but is by no means the entirety of their wood, 95% of which is stacked out back behind the parking lot.
I recently stopped in with the family and Monks-in-Law, and that usual consistency was on display. The chopped pork tray had the right chop and tang from the dip, the red slaw had a great balance between tang and crunch, and the hush puppies were crispy and fresh.
But my next time in Shelby, I won’t be visiting Red Bridges. I’ve received feedback that I should consider revisiting Alston Bridges Barbecue, which I visited for the first and only time over 10 years ago in 2013. From my experience, Shelby locals tend to favor Alston Bridges (at least the ones I know), and a recent video from The Carolina Foodie compared Alston’s to Red Bridges as well as Lexington Barbecue. He found the barbecue to be similar at both Alston’s and Red’s, which is slightly surprising to me since my understanding is that Alston’s cooks over gas. He also couldn’t pick between the slaw and hush puppies either. So I’ve got quite a good meal waiting for me at Alston’s. I can’t wait to try.
Monk: The second edition of the NC East/West BBQ Bowl took place this past weekend between Gardner-Webb University and Campbell. And Gardner-Webb Bulldogs held on just enough to come out victorious with a 42-35 dub.
GWU QB Bailey Fisher had a monster game, throwing for 3 TDs as well as running for another one, and was named BBQ Bowl MVP.
Fisher was also named the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
…and WR Caleb Borders was named Freshman of the Week
On their way back to Boiling Springs, the trophy made a few Western NC barbecue stops. First stop: a chopped plate at Lexington Barbecue.
Back in Cleveland County, they made one final stop at Red Bridges after hours.
As mentioned above, the BBQ Bowl win means that Gardner-Webb has the honors of playing for the Big South Football Championship this weekend in Boiling Springs against NC A&T. Good luck to the Bulldogs!
Barbecue Center‘s winter hours are as follows:
The BBQ Lab – the more civilized cousin of Benson’s Redneck BBQ Lab – is now open in Raleigh’s North Hills
Raleigh’s had two major barbecue openings in as many weeks with Longleaf Swine opening earlier in the month
John Tanner on The Holy Barbecue at the Barbecue Church in Barbecue, NC
John Tanner checks out the pork from Robertson’s BBQ in Ralph-Fosters, AL and a saucy chopped brisket sandwich at the Buc-ee’s in Leeds
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