Monk: In the first half of this podcast, some barbecue talk from Robert Moss and Hanna Raskin regarding two of Robert’s recent articles: a piece in the Charleston Post and Courier on the death (or at least decline) of the South Carolina barbecue buffet and his recent published list of Southern Living Top 50 BBQ Joints.
For the barbecue buffet article, Moss incorrectly noted that after Bessinger’s Barbecue shutting down its buffet (while still remaining open as a restaurant) there were only two more buffets left in the lowcountry. Turns out, he was wrong – and apparently people let him know about all the places he missed such as Music Man’s Bar-B-Que in Monck’s Corner and Kelly’s Barbecue in Summerville. The barbecue buffet is something you mainly see in South Carolina and I have only been to a couple in NC: Fuller’s Old Fashion BBQ in Lumberton – which has since relocated to Fayetteville from Lumberton due to flooding as a result of Hurricane Matthew two years ago – and Duke’s Old South BBQ in Leland which has since closed. I suspect if there are more barbecue buffets out there, they are more likely in the coastal plain of eastern NC since we don’t really see them in the piedmont.
In regards to his Top 50 BBQ Joints list, Moss got some grief from Texans who just couldn’t believe that a non-Texas joint was #1 on his list (Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, SC ) and that only 3 Texas joints were in the top 10. Apparently they went so far as to refer to his list as “garbage.” Seems a bit harsh, but perhaps not unexpected from Texans when it comes to barbecue – they take that ish seriously.
– Southern Living Barbecue Editor Robert Moss has published his latest version of his top 50, this time with the joints ranked
– As if that top 50 list weren’t enough, Robert Moss also explored what’s in a name when it comes to barbecue restaurant
– Midwood Smokehouse’s Frank Scibelli is one half of a restaurant sibling pairing with his sister, who owns Fran’s Filling Station
– Speaking of Midwood Smokehouse, pitmaster Michael Wagner is up to something and it involves a whole hog BQ smoker and a trailer
– A veteran of Mr. Barbecue in Winston-Salem has opened Carolina Backyard BBQ
– Quite a trip by The Smoking Ho and the Tales from the Pits Podcast crew; The Smoking Ho’s recap here
– Is the SC barbecue buffet on the way out?
– B’s Cracklin’ Barbecue tops Atlanta Magazine’s 10 best barbecue restaurants
– Eater explores the whole hog barbecue tradition
Robert Moss is in the middle of compiling and ranking a list of his Top 50 Southern BBQ Joints for Southern Living magazine and in the first half of this podcast episode, he gets tips from Washington Post food writer on a couple of questions he is working through: 1) How do you handle a situation like Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway and Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston? and 2) Do you judge a restaurant based on the whole experience, just the meats, or everything on the plate? And what about dessert?
Moss also tells Tim and co-host Hanna Raskin why he is ranking the top 10 restaurants in this year’s version of the list.
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– I was honored to participate in a barbecue roundtable at the NC State BBQ Camp last weekend (more on that in the coming weeks); here’s a writeup from the alumni magazine from last year’s edition of the camp
– Chapel Hill author D.G. Martin knows his NC eateries (including barbecue), and Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland is his current favorite NC restaurant
– Forbes says that Bulleit Rye is the best pairing with eastern NC vinegar sauce; check out the other bourbon/whiskey pairings here
– Always save room for dessert
– Buxton Hall and Picnic have two of the best fried chicken sandwiches in NC
– Robert Moss with a nice primer on barbecue styles
Southern Foodways Alliance Director and author of the recently-released “The Potlikker Papers” John T. Edge recently stopped by The Winnow podcast to discuss all things southern food with Hannah Raskin and Robert Moss. There’s really only a passing mention of barbecue, but the 36+ minute podcast is worth it just to listen to one of southern food’s foremost minds opine on the past, the present, and the future of the cuisine.
The Washington Post’s Jim Shahin (author of this recent article on the future of barbecue) drops by the Charleston Post and Courier’s Winnow podcast to discuss all things barbecue (with a little on grilling towards the end). He starts by explaining how a professor at Syracuse began writing about barbecue (working in Austin out of college) as well as some of the recent trends he is seeing in barbecue across the country (“pan regional barbecue” but not so much with fish…yet). A fascinating, easy listen at 37 minutes.
All about BBQ, from Texas to South Carolina. We discuss the history, varieties, and future of BBQ with Washington Post columnist Jim Shahin, the resurgence of cooking over fire, plus tips and tricks for cooking out at home.
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– Robert Moss on “The Tyranny of Texas Barbecue”
– …and TMBBQ with the retort; claims that Moss is “jealous of neighbor’s popularity”
– The 15 pitmasters for the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party have been announced; Sam Jones and Rodney Scott represent the Carolinas
– Cuegrass ’17 takes over Davie Street in front of the Pit this Saturday for a day of barbecue, beer, and bluegrass
– Henry’s Smokehouse and the Greenville BBQ Trail Tour are in this Charlotte Five article on what to do in the SC town about 1hr 40 minutes away from Charlotte
– BBQ Hub also has a Charleston barbecue tour for the burgeoning barbecue capital
– Marie, Let’s Eat! is pleasantly surprised by some barbecue in Pigeon Forge from Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
– The Smoking Ho went to the Houston BBQ Festival last weekend and took some great photos
– Wayne Mueller BBQ is eyeing a Houston-area location for expansion
– Don’t forget about the fried chicken
– NC barbecue legend Bill Ellis has passed away at the age of 83
Ellis was known as a barbecue missionary, carrying the gospel of Eastern North Carolina barbecued pork from coast to coast, and his restaurant was a barbecue mecca.
– His operation was apparently known as the “Microsoft of Barbecue”
– The Wilson Times honored Ellis on their front page yesterday
– City Barbeque has opened its second Charlotte-area location in Matthews as of this past Monday with a grand opening this Saturday; I’ve still yet to check out the Ballantyne location but plan to soon as Speedy had a good impression of the Cary location
– Sauceman’s will be smoking two whole hogs at Lenny Boy Brewing’s patio release party on March 11; you get one free plate when you purchase a 22oz. beer of SouthEnd MAAgic Yogi, a Belgian Ale brewed with Jasimine Tea & Lemons.
– Rick Bayless details how live fire cooking has influenced him
– The Smoking Ho has photos from The Sausage Kings of Austin Festival in February
– On Jess Pryles, the Austrialian-born now-Austin native
– The latest barbecue stops for Marie, Let’s Eat! are Uncle Gus’s Mountain Pit Bar-B-Que in Decatur, TN and a couple of joints north of Chattanooga
– From Daniel Vaughn and Robert Moss:
– The Brick Pit in Mobile, AL gets a second life thanks to a Facebook post
– Marie, Let’s Eat! visits Mike’s Smokehouse in Chattanooga, which is among the better barbecue joints in the area
– In case you might be doing some brisket smoking for the Super Bowl
– I love Robert Jacob Lerma’s barbecue photography
– An older article where Robert Moss picks SC’s most underrated barbecue
– If you’re ever laid over in the Houston airport, it might be a good idea to head to Gatlin’s Q
– Put your barbecue knowledge to the test (I got 80/100)
– A nicely written, in-depth article from Robert Moss about the uptick in whole hog barbecue restaurant openings:
– BBQ Hub breaks down the worst barbecue news of 2016
– On this episode of Charlotte Magazine’s #DiscussCLT podcast, Frank Scibelli reveals that the Midwood Smokehouse Park Rd location should open in March(ish) and they are planning to open another one in Lake Norman this year
– Speaking of Midwood, they have a new burnt ends recipe that’s more in line with traditional KC style
– Marie, Let’s Eat! checks out a “Chattanooga-style” barbecue joint called Porkers Bar-B-Que
– Congrats to The Smoke Pit on the opening of their Salisbury location