A couple of big barbecue books are now available for pre-order. “Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ” by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie will be released on March 16 and Adrian Miller’s “Black Smoke” from UNC Press will be out on April 27. Both are available for preorder now here and here, and I can’t wait to read both of them to get different perspectives on barbecue. I strongly encourage you to do the same. -Monk
Congrats to RayNathan’s in Gastonia on celebrating 2 years open as of this past Sunday
Wyatt’s Barbecue is one of Eater Carolinas’ 17 most anticipated restaurants in 2021
More on the passing of the legendary Mike Mills
CM Smokehouse from Cade Mercer gives South Austin a new and promising food truck option
Texas Monthly makes the case for a barbecue tour of the Texoma region north of Dallas
Robert Sietsema recently posted this photo of Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ from happier times
In his latest issue of The Cue Sheet, Robert Moss examines the ten best college cities or towns to attend according to nearby barbecue options. While my alma mater NC State is mentioned as a future possibility once the planned restaurants like Sam Jones BBQ, Wyatt’s Barbecue, and Longleaf Swine open their doors in 2021 (not to mention Prime BBQ in Knightdale that opened this year and the upcoming Ed Mitchell’s The Preserve), several NC towns make the list. Not on the list either is Chapel Hill, primarily due to the loss of Allen & Son last year.
East Carolina University in Greenville has B’s Barbecue, Sam Jones Barbecue and the two Ayden joints nearby (Skylight and Bum’s) and comes in at #9. Surprisingly, Catawba College in Salisbury, NC makes the list just ahead of Greenville due to a couple of joints in town (College Barbecue and Richard’s) plus its proximity to Lexington and its myriad options for barbecue.
That’s it for NC on this list but both Columbia and Charleston appear further down from our neighbors to the south. I won’t spoil the rest of the list, but if you think hard enough you can probably guess which university and city takes the #1 spot on the list.
The Great NC BBQ Map poster is 50% off through today
This smothered tater tots collaboration between Fox Bros Bar-B-Q and Nina and Rafi looks amazing
An American pitmaster living in Hong Kong names the US barbecue restaurantshe dreams of going back to some day, including Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Cozy Corner, Franklin Barbecue, and Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Pork n’ Pine Santa delivers pulled pork sammies in Baltimore
This week, Adrian Miller, the James Beard Award-winning author and self-proclaimed “Soul Food Scholar” shared the cover art and preorder link for his forthcoming book entitled “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue.” As I noted in my recent Barbecue Bros Book Club entry for “North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries” by D.G. Martin, while the John T. Edges and Bob Garners of the world have given us so much in terms of exposing us to places we might never have known about otherwise, it’s well past time to get a different perspective.
I am very much looking forward to reading both this book as well as Rodney Scott’s upcoming book to get just that. “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue” will be out April 22, 2021 on University of North Carolina Press.
“Black Smoke celebrates the significant contributions that African Americans have made to the American barbecue story. You’ll learn how African Americans honed and popularized a cuisine rooted in Native American culinary tradition, and became its most effective ambassadors. I profile fascinating barbecuers from the past two centuries, look at different aspects of African American barbecue culture, and opine about barbecue’s future.”
The BBQ Review (@BbqRate) is a Twitter account I just found out about
John Tanner’s BBQ Blog visits The Pit in Raleigh for a solid meal
John Tanner also recently shared his favorite barbecue sauces
Congrats to Warner Stamey, founder of Stameys Barbecue, on his Barbecue Hall of Fame induction!
Desiree Robinson of Cozy Corner is also a BBQ Hall of Fame inductee
This UPROXX interview with Rodney Scott covers a lot of the basics you may already know
Horn Barbecue has finally opened in Oakland (finally!)
The Drinking Pig by Chef Raheem Sealey is a weekend pop-up in Northeast Miami Dade
Franklin Barbecue has started shipping briskets through Goldbelly
A second location of Pappy’s Smokehouse has opened in the St. Louis area
LeRoy & Lewis has a Patreon account for exclusive content
Food & Wine Magazine released a huge barbecue blitz last week just in time for Labor Day
From writer Caroline Schnapp reflecting on her childhood in Durham at local institution Bullock’s Bar-B-Q to an unassuming barbecue joint in Alabama between a race track and a Bass Pro Shop
…to tips and recipes for the home smoker from the different types of sauces
…what spices to use to make a rub
…to which cuts of meat to smoke. Plus a whole lot more in the original link.
Raleigh Magazine has the latest on the still-about-to-be-booming Raleigh barbecue scene; the article notes that Ed Mitchell’s new venture The Preserve hopes to finish its kitchen soon for takeout and that Friendship Barbecue is not moving forward
Sam Jones BBQ’s Raleigh location is on track for a November opening
Behind The Redneck BBQ Lab in Johnston County is a brother/sister duo with some serious competition barbecue pedigree
The last chance to claim your #SummerofCue t-shirt is today by 3pm
Fresh off the release of Chef’s Table: BBQ, Rodney Scott’s got a book coming out next year titled “Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day” that is co-written with Lolis Eric Elie; you can pre-order it now (h/t Robert Moss’s The Cue Sheet)