1901 marked the first official recognition of Labor Day in North Carolina, and its celebration included barbecue, too. In Raleigh, the city’s union members and their guests gathered at the State Fairgrounds for music, speeches, and a baseball game between the printers and the pressmen-binders unions. It closed with a feast, and the Raleigh News & Observer noted that, “The tables were laden with Brunswick stew, barbecue, salads, breads, and all the little side dishes that tickle the palate.”
– BBQ Jew has some deets on the Allen & Son (Pittsboro, not Chapel Hill) expansion into a former Jackson Bros BBQ in Sanford
– The Red BBQ sauce from Mac’s Speed Shop beat over 250 competitors to win first place in the Tomato Sauce category at this year’s Memphis in May; you can’t have that recipe but here’s the recipe for their vinegar sauce
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