– A tiny new joint in the mountains of NC called The Tin Shed has opened on a farm in the tiny town of Spruce Pines
– RIP Douglas Oliver, longtime pitmaster at Sweatman’s Bar-B-Que
Restaurant kitchens are full of unsung heroes, obscurity toilers, invisible workers like Douglas Oliver, who died last month. For over three decades, Douglas worked as a pitmaster at Sweatman’s Bar-B-Que in Holly Hill, SC. He called himself a “worker ant.” pic.twitter.com/esNU0jchLD
Even before I was old enough to be given my first rifle, I was aware of the difference between eastern and western N.C. barbecue. Eastern BBQ, strangely enough, was almost considered a foreign dish. More than one elder statesman from the Piedmont informed me that the sauce was indeed different — it could be “downright bitter!” Adding ketchup to slaw, furthermore, was just what one did. It complemented the sliced or chopped pork shoulder. With my provincial yet well-informed definition of barbecue and sides, I kept chomping away, whenever there was an opportunity to do so.
– A few long-but-not-forgotten barbecue restaurants get a brief mention in this Charlotte Five article on most missed Charlotte restaurants – Old Hickory House, Olde Original BBQ, Ol’ Smokehouse, Rogers Barbecue
Update: I re-watched the video and found it to be pretty light on actual barbecue content and more of a commercial for the car.
BuzzFeed takes a 6-stop barbecue roadtrip through North and South Carolina to visit some great and iconic joints: Buxton Hall Barbecue, Lexington Barbecue, Skylight Inn, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Sweatman’s BBQ, and Lewis Barbecue.
The latest, he told me the other day, was Hillary Clinton’s choice of a barbecue stop in Charlotte at the end of the presidential campaign. She and President Obama ate at the Midwood Smokehouse. It has a varied and upscale menu, but it is not a traditional barbecue eatery. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was buying one of those $3.50 barbecue sandwiches at Stamey’s in Greensboro.
“Maybe Clinton’s choice sold in Charlotte,” Reed said, “but the rest of the state was thinking Drumpf was eating at a real North Carolina barbecue stop, a big reason he won and she lost.
The second in the series from Made Man and Dhani Jones. He visits Sweatman’s BBQ and Duke’s Bar-B-Que and also meets with Lake High of the SC Barbecue Association.
Think you know the story of smoked meat? In part 2 of BBQ in America, host Dhani Jones heads to legendary Orangeburg, South Carolina, to get educated about mysterious Carolina Gold sauce, meet a BBQ historian, dig into some delicious whole hog and more! Brought to you by Kingsford.