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
– Brett Martin (for GQ) on how Houston got cool
– According to this article (which is about a new Jim Noble fried chicken concept), Noble Smoke is now being targeted to open in March 2019
– You can now vote for the best barbecue joints by state in Southern Living’s “South’s Best 2019” poll
– Texas Monthly on the Barbecue Nation exhibit in Atlanta
– According to this list, The Pit is one of Raleigh’s best soul food restaurants
– Yea…I’m gonna need to try this out soon on my own Weber
– A comparison of the two out-of-state whole hog joints coming to Birmingham in the coming months – Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Rodney Scott’s BBQ
– Your move, Texas Pete:
– Southern Living’s best barbecue joint of 2018 is…a tie between Lexington Barbecue and Southern Soul BBQ.
– I’m sorry, what? A recipe for “NC vegan barbecue”
– Happy Birthday on Monday to Grady’s pitmaster Steve Grady
– Speaking of eastern NC barbecue, Scotty McCreery will definitely be serving some at his wedding in the mountains of NC this summer
“I can tell you barbecue is definitely going to be part of the wedding,” he said. “One of my loves about North Carolina is Eastern North Carolina barbecue, so that will be in the wedding.”
– RIP Joe Swicegood, owner of Little Pigs BBQ in Asheville
– Marie, Let’s Eat! visits the legendary Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous in Memphis and finds that he prefers “Rendezvous style” (dry ribs and mustard slaw) to “Memphis style” (wet ribs and may slaw)
– Thanks to Nobly for including us in their list of 121 Ultimate Food Blogs for 2018!