All North Carolina errthang edition:
– Parker’s Barbecue of Greenville was selected to be the provider of barbecue for the U.S. Open this weekend in Pinehurst
– Interview with Tyson Ho, who is opening a Carolina-style, whole hog joint Arrogant Swine in Bushwick this summer (via)
What’s this I hear about you trying to get a Thai pitmaster? You’re not going to turn Northeastern Carolina ’cue into Southeast Asian ’cue are you?
I figured I’d put an ad out there in the Thai community. Southeast Asians have been cooking North Carolina barbecue for generations. In fact the single largest diaspora community of Degars, natives of the central Highlands of Vietnam, live in Greensboro N.C. The pits of Stamey’s Barbecue in Greensboro, which is historically the most significant and influential western Carolina barbecue spot in the region, are run by a pitmaster by the name of Pon, a Degar immigrant. Several decades of traditional North Carolina barbecue has been served [and cooked] by a Southeast Asian American.
I’m not sure I’ll find a Southeast Asian pitmaster but if I do, we would be continuing a long standing tradition.
– Here is also a travelogue of NC Barbecue from last summer by the author of the above post and the aforementioned Tyson Ho, presumably as research for his upcoming joint
– Rocky Mount’s Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down will be on Destination America’s competition/reality show “BBQ Pit Wars”
– The Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival in Tryon makes Thrillist’s Top 10 Barbecue Festivals in the Country; the 21st edition of the festival is this weekend
– A recap of last week’s Hog Happenin’ in Lincolnton, with a shot of Big Wayner on the header photo
– A video from USA Today on the True Cue guys
– PSA: As was the case last year, dads eat free at Queen City Q on Father’s Day. See you there!
So pumped to attend tonight’s Southern Supper at Midwood Smokehouse with guest pitmaster Sam Jones
– Some write ups on the event from Creative Loafing and Charlotte Magazine
Jones and Barry plan to engineer a 3-course “throwback” barbecue dinner which will include local brews and beers from NoDa Brewing Company, southern hors d’oeuvres of pimiento cheese and smoke jalapeno dip, house salad, the whole hog (of course), old-fashioned warm apple cobbler with cinnamon ice cream, and other sides (hush puppies, collard greens, mac&cheese, etc.).
– In somewhat hilarious news considering the reputation of Cary (aka Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees), the Ohio barbecue chain City Barbeque is opening a location there (via)
– Engineering consulting firm WK Dickson has turned the site of the former Melton’s Barbecue in Rocky Mount into a park, fittingly named Barbecue Park
– Why was the BBQ sandwich not named NC’s best sandwich? Instead, BusinessInsider.com picked the Carolina burger
– More deets on True ‘Cue courtesy of TMBBQ; also they have started to add content to the official site
TrueCue.org seeks to educate people about real barbecue—meat slow-cooked over wood or charcoal alone, without the assistance of gas, electricity or any other heat source—by certifying and promoting businesses that produce it. Why do we care? Because real barbecue is rooted in taste, tradition and a sense of place, three things increasingly lacking in today’s world. We think the world will be a better place when there is more real barbecue in it.
– Speaking of cooking real barbecue over wood, The Pit Durham opens next Tuesday
– The Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship (formerly the BBQ & Blues Festival) returns to uptown Charlotte this weekend
– More shots fired from Stephen Colbert on NC barbecue (0:49 into the video)
Amen. I’ve always said chemical weapons are a state’s rights issue. Each individual state should decide what is and isn’t poisonous. For example, what we in my home state of South Carolina consider a deadly toxin, people in North Carolina call barbecue sauce.
– The author of “A History of South Carolina Barbeque” and also the president of the South Carolina Barbeque Society certainly has some opinions
– Rocky Mount, NC hosts the sixth annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down this weekend, a KCBBQ event
– A couple of new NYC barbecue spots are trying to replicate NC pulled pork and based on this are seemingly doing a decent job at it
– Details on the grandaddy of them all, the 30th Annual Barbecue Festival