Linkdown: 2/3/21

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Shortly after my first visit to Mr. Barbecue in Winston-Salem in March of 2019 (which I greatly enjoyed), a spark caught fire in the pit house and nearly burned the entire restaurant down. Last I had heard, it was on track for a May 2020 opening and brick was being laid in the smokehouse but clearly that didn’t happen as scheduled (which can be excused during a pandemic, of course). Thankfully, the silence was not a bad omen as WXII is reporting that Mr. Barbecue will reopen later this month.

This will be one in the win column for classic, wood-fired NC barbecue joints, a sometimes rare occurrence these days. Of course, Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro came back from the dead last year under new ownership and there are a host of new or announced restaurants that are smoking barbecue the old fashioned way (most of which seem to be in the greater Raleigh area). But more often than not, these older joints are closing (see Allen & Son, Bill Spoon’s, Bill Ellis Barbecue, The Original Q Shack, among others). But not today, Satan. Not today.

Now, just cross your fingers and toes until late February…

Native News

Sam Jones BBQ has finally opened in Raleigh and is currently in a “soft open” mode

Lawrence Barbecue is hosting a Mardi Gras Party on February 16

More on Lagoon, the sister “leisure bar” to Lawrence Barbecue

Bill Ellis Barbecue, which closed 2 years ago, is going on the auction block as part of a parcel of land in Wilson

Another delay for The Preserve; the pop-up from Ed and Ryan Mitchell has been pushed back to March 5 from late January

Big Mike’s BBQ is opening a location in downtown Cary after expanding to Apex last year

Make your own Cheerwine barbecue sauce with Cheerwine syrup

Non-Native News

Smokejack in Alpharetta, GA is a “must-visit” according to The BBQ Review

Moe Cason has announced his plans for a barbecue restaurant in Des Moines, IA, and pulls no punches when it comes to other restaurants in the area

How Franklin Barbecue has adapted to barbecue during a pandemic

The Barbecue Bros Holiday Gift Guide 2020

Monk: Phew boy, 2020. It’s really been one, hasn’t it? Let’s just get through the rest of the holidays, regroup in January, and hope for the best for 2021. As with years past, here’s our Annual Gift Guide with some gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life.

Am I missing something? Comment below or email me at barbecuebros@gmail.com

Note: items in bold are personally recommended

Charlotte Barbecue Gifts

(Shameless Plug) “Lexington Legends 2.0” t-shirt, logo koozie, keychain, combo packs (link)

The Great NC BBQ Map plus posters, gift packs, and swag from EDIA Maps (link)

Rub and Sauces from Fire of Coals (link)

T-shirts, hoodies, Matt’s Rub, sauces, and gift cards from Midwood Smokehouse (link)

Rub, sauce, gift cards, swag from Sweet Lew’s BBQ

North Carolina Barbecue Gifts

Books

Hats, T-Shirts, Apparel

Accessories, Stocking Stuffers, etc.

Non-Native Barbecue Gifts

Books

Cookbooks, from pitmasters and food writers alike

Food History, Cultural Writing, and Photography

Hats, T-Shirts, Apparel

Accessories, Stocking Stuffers, etc.

Happy Shopping!

Linkdown: 11/4/20

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A trio of John Tanner Barbecue stories on NC barbecue joints – Rick’s Smokehouse, The Barbecue Center, and Midwood Smokehouse – including where I (Monk) was able to meet up with him in Charlotte. I enjoyed a meal with John – he got the pork combo platter and I got the brisket – on the patio at the Park Road location of Midwood Smokehouse a few weeks back on a warm October weekday. John certainly has his bona fides when it comes to barbecue – he is a certified True ‘Cue Inspector for the Virginia and DC Metro area and has an impressive archive of reviews over at John Tanner’s Barbecue Blog – and is an even nicer man to boot. I enjoyed our lunch conversation that ranged from barbecue to NASCAR to John Coltrane. Be sure to check out his blog and like his Facebook page.

Native News

Blues on Franklin gives Chapel Hill a new barbecue option owned by three generation of Tar Heels

QSR Magazine interviews Sam Jones ahead of his Raleigh restaurant opening later this year and some of the challenges faced due to COVID-19

Picnic is selling to-go coolers of barbecue or fried chicken

Non-Native News

Dozier’s BBQ is worth the drive, and in Houston that usually means a lot of driving

Interview with Evan LeRoy of LeRoy & Lewis from Austin 360

In Texas, Thanksgiving means barbecue (much like every other day)

In Texas, bakeries also sell barbecue cookies

How to Order Takeout from Our Favorite NC Barbecue Restaurants (East)

Monk: We featured our favorite Charlotte barbecue restaurants and how to order takeout from them as well as select restaurants from the Piedmont and western part of the state last week. Here in this post we are featuring more notable restaurants from the eastern part of the state, some of which we’ve tried and some of which we still need to get to – at least those that posted updates on Facebook.

Please note: As everything is pretty much a fluid situation these days, please call ahead or check on social media to ensure that the restaurant is open and serving.

Grady’s BBQ (Dudley)
Wednesday to Friday, 10am to 3pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pm Now Closed
Call ahead to order (919) 735-7243

Lawrence Barbecue (Raleigh)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Link to order online or call ahead to place order (919) 596-6923

Longleaf Swine (Raleigh)
Order by Wednesday for Sunday delivery and by Sunday for Wednesday delivery
Link to order online

Picnic (Durham)
Sunday to Saturday, 9am to 8pm
Link to order online

Picnic (Raleigh at the future Wyatt’s Barbecue location)
Varies; check Facebook page
Call ahead the day before to place order: (919) 908-9128

The Redneck BBQ Lab (Benson)
Sunday to Thursday, 11am to 7pm; Friday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm
Link to order online, call ahead to order (919) 938-8334, or pull up and put on hazards on for curbside service (seriously)

Sam Jones BBQ (Winterville)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm; Sunday, 11am to 3pm
Link to order online

Skylight Inn (Ayden)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Call ahead to order (252) 746-4113

Southern Smoke BBQ (Garland)
Pick ups will be in Clinton, Elizabethtown, and Garland at 5:30
Link to order online, call ahead to order (910) 549-7484, or email Matt Register at matt@southernsmokebbqnc.com