Linkdown: 2/22/17

– Congrats to chef/pit master Elliott Moss on his James Beard nomination for Best Chef: Southeast

– Could he win it like Aaron Franklin did two years ago?

– Marie, Let’s Eat! (the blog) turned 7 so they counted down the best barbecue in East Tennessee since they moved there last year

– Thrillist has a list of the most iconic restaurants in every state (and DC), which includes barbecue restaurants for NC and SC both

– Though Kathleen Purvis from the Charlotte Observer thinks maybe they should have looked past barbecue restaurants for each state

– Nice shot:

– Barbecue (the documentary film) will be the very first film premiering at SXSW

-The True Cue guys are at it again, trying to make the fourth Monday in February a new barbecue-related NC holiday

But Reed and Levine also educate us about the connection between politics and barbecue. Their search for such connections took them all the way back to late February of 1766 when “the Royal Governor of North Carolina, William Tryon, attempted to win the New Hanover militia’s good will by treating them to a barbecue. He did not succeed: citizens of Wilmington threw the barbecued ox in the river and poured out the beer. (This was not an early expression of North Carolinians’ preference for pork; they were upset about the Stamp Act.)”

Reed and Levine explain that this “expression” of discontent with British authority came seven years before “the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when some rowdy New Englanders threw boxes of tea in Boston harbor to protest a British tax.”

– From BBQ Hub

Linkdown: 4/27/16

– NC State University is holding a barbecue camp in June

– Sam Jones and Ed Mitchell are once again part of The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

– Grant visits Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Decatur, AL – home of the white sauce and “perfectly fine, middle-of-the-pack barbecue”

– TMBBQ interviews Laura Loomis, the 28 year old female pitmaster of Two Bros BBQ in San Antonio

– A roundup of barbecue cookbooks out this spring

– Bullock’s Bar-B-Que in Durham will be closed for a few weeks after a fire

– The Barbecue Festival in Lexington is a food festival within driving distance from Charlotte that defines NC cuisine, according to Charlotte Five

– Speaking of Lexington, this blog considers it one of the 14 best places in the world for barbecue and we fully agree (although it mistakenly attributes Stamey’s in Greensboro to Lexington)

– Houston Chronicle BBQ writer JC Reid on the pitfalls of defining true ‘cue

Needless to say, a few pitmasters took umbrage with this definition and compliance method. Pitmaster Carey Bringle of the popular Peg Leg Porker barbecue restaurant in Nashville responded on his Facebook page: “I can assure you that (the True ‘Cue folks) are not experts. First off, they are writers, not pitmasters.”

– Potential “Pitmaster General”?

Linkdown: 11/11/15

-In honor of our veterans, TMBBQ checks out MRE BBQ

– A great article from the Greensboro News & Record, “If traditional barbecue dies, part of North Carolina dies with it”

– Speaking of NC barbecue, Daniel Vaughn tries to play mediator between True ‘Cue and Corey Bringle of Peg Leg Porker with regards to barbecue smoked using “gas assist” rotisserie smokers like Ole Hickory or Southern Pride

In praise of tortillas, the other white bread

– A day in the life with the pitmaster of Stiles Switch BBQ

– Avett Brothers celliist Joe Kwon is a lifelong barbecue fan and will be cooking his second whole hog in Mebane for the Wild Yonder’s Friendship Feast and Cookout on November 21-22

– The latest two reviews from Marie, Let’s Eat!: Zeb’s Bar-B-Q in Danielsville, GA and Smokebelly BBQ in Atanta’s Buckhead neighborhood

– In duh! news, Cheerwine named the official soft drink of the National Barbecue Association

Linkdown: 10/14/15

– True Cue expands to South Carolina

You can no longer be paid to wait in line at Franklin Barbecue

– Q Dogs in Tarpon Springs, FL serves a hot dog with barbecue and Midlands SC mustard on it,  but you might just want to order them separately instead

– Queen City Q keeps on rolling, announcing a partnership with the Charlotte Checkers as the official barbecue of the team while opening a new stand on the main concourse of Bojangles Coliseum

Queen City Q first opened in uptown Charlotte in February 2012 and opened a second location in Matthews at the Plantation Market Shopping Center in July. The restaurant also recently said it is adding a Concord location that will open in early winter.

The barbecue joint also operates two stands inside BB&T Ballpark and recently said it will open two concession stands in the Time Warner Cable Arena this fall.

– Elwood’s Burgers & BBQ has closed in Ballantyne

– Charlotte Agenda wonders if Ballantyne in south Charlotte has reached a barbecue saturation point, though of all of the barbecue restaurants in Ballantyne (including a Dickey’s, Shane’s Rib Shack, 521 BBQ, and the now-open location of Smoke Modern Barbecue) only Midwood is really worth a damn

– Joe Ovies of WRAL has a sneak peak to all the friend foods at this year’s NC State Fair, including a behemoth of a sandwich with a fried pork chop topped with barbecue, bacon, pickle, and slaw; behold the High on the Hog:

Linkdown: 4/30/14

– Two Tar Heels issue the true ‘cue challenge in the News and Observer:

So we are issuing a challenge. We will give a handsome “No Faux ’Cue” apron to the first person to email us at truecue@gmail.com with either (1) a citation to any federal, state, county or municipal statute or regulation that makes it impossible for even one North Carolina barbecue restaurant to cook with wood or charcoal or (2) the name and job title of any federal, state, county, or municipal official who has required an existing North Carolina barbecue restaurant to stop cooking with wood or charcoal, or forbidden a new one to start.

– Thrillist’s 7 ways to spot a fake bbq joint

– The Houston Chronicle has hired a full-time barbecue writer (via)

– Big Wayner had a few photos from this past weekend’s BBQ Capital Cook-off in Lexington

– The Capital Cook-off also helped feed more than 1,200 people through food banks

– The final two barbecue stops on the NC road trip for Marie, Let’s Eat! is Sauceman’s in Charlotte and R.O.’s Bar-B-Q in Gastonia; looking forward to Grant’s next NC roadtrip to the eastern part of the state in November

– Speaking of barbecue roadtrips, the guy behind Barbecue Ranking is looking for suggestions:

– Congrats to Midwood Smokehouse, Charlotte Magazine’s Best of the Best Voters’ Choice Winner for Barbecue

– And finally, regarding NC vs Texas barbecue, could Texas Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison have settled the debate?

Linkdown: 3/5/14

– A little late to the party, the Durham Herald Sun has a story on ‘True Cue and their righteous crusade

– The Lexington Dispatch also has a story on True ‘Cue and highlights several Davidson County joints on the list

Businesses on the list from Davidson County are Speedy Lohr’s Barbecue, Stamey’s Barbecue of Tyro, Speedy Lohr’s BBQ of Arcadia, Smiley’s Lexington Barbecue, Smokey Joe’s Barbecue, Tarheel Q, Troutman’s Barbecue in Denton, The Barbecue Center, Cook’s Barbecue and Lexington Barbecue No. 1.

More coverage on The Great NC BBQ Map

– Eater: How Franklin Barbecue’s Aaron Franklin Survives SXSW

– Confirmation from Buxton Hill’s Twitter that it is not moving forward. It does state that Elliott Moss’s barbecue restaurant is but no further details at this time:

Linkdown: 2/12/14

– Ed Mitchell disciple Tyson Ho is opening a “whole hog and beer hall” in East Williamsburg this summer that will specialize in “communal pig picking-style dining with swine they’ll smoke on-site”

– Ho will be using whole hogs from Chesire Pork Heritage Farms in Goldsboro, NC

– After Rodney Scott’s successful tour of the southeast, he headed out to San Francisco this past Sunday

– Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo went on an Austin barbecue tour this past weekend

– A Washington Post writer’s “imperfect romance” with a barbecue smoker

My smoker keeps me up at night, which, frankly, is the least of my concerns about the rickety old Brinkmann that lives in our back yard, rain, shine or Snowmageddon.

The three brothers behind Mighty Quinn’s BBQ

– Speaking of bros, we were fortunate enough to get a shoutout from Big Wayner’s latest Five for Friday. Thanks Wayne!

– True ‘Cue delivered certifications to a few Piedmont joints this past weekend


Linkdown: 1/8/13

First linkdown of the new year!

– Friend of the blog Sarah Crosland picks the best bbq stops in Charlotte for Virgin Airways’ blog though the Barbecue Bros have quibbles with: 1) at least one of the picks 2) the fact that we were not consulted 😦

– The BBQ Jew took in the recently opened Durham location of The Pit last month and had good things to report

– The Barbecue Festival in Lexington makes this list of best barbecue competitions in the US (via)

A review of Curly’s Carolina, TX Barbecue, a Carolina-Texas barbecue joint in Round Rock, TX

– A small update from True ‘Cue’s Facebook page:

We will be rolling out restaurant certifications and a revamped website early in 2014.

– Some photos from the first stop of the Rodney Scott In Exile Tour from Charleston last month

– Finally, Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill plans to offer barbecue from the restaurant featured each month in Our State Magazine in an event called “Carolina ‘Cue;” up first is Stephenson’s from Willow Springs tomorrow at 6pm, and Bob Garner will be there signing copies of ““Book of Barbecue: North Carolina’s Favorite Food”

Linkdown: 12/10/13

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Our State Magazine has been profiling a NC barbecue restaurant a month and this month they turn their attention to Midwood Smokehouse, currently #1 on the Barbecue Bros Charlotte big board

Frank Scibelli just comes right out and says it: If you want good barbecue in Charlotte, you don’t have a lot of options.

But Charlotte is growing, you say. There are more cooks cooking more food, and more varieties of it, than ever before.

“Still not good barbecue,” he says.

Maybe it’s got to do with the smoker. You have to have a smoker, he says. Not many barbecue places in Charlotte have one. He does. He mentions it over and over again. He asks if I’ve seen inside it, where at least one piece of hickory is burning 24 hours a day. He makes sure I know the only thing that powers his smoker is wood.

The final report on the unfortunate Sandy Plains Baptist Church salmonella outbreak in Shelby in September confirms it was salmonella

– A look inside last weekend’s Garden and Gun Jubilee Made in the South Weekend, in which Rodney Scott had a pig roast on Sunday that had to have been amazing

– Old Carolina Barbecue set to open in Cleveland and appears to be trying to do it the right way

Before entering the business, Schafer toured the Carolinas and visited dozens of eateries to ensure his menu would be as genuine as possible.

“We didn’t invent barbecue, we just wanted to do it right,” he said. “There’s authenticity behind the recipes.”

Key to the barbecued items are large on-site smokers.

– For the uninitiated, a great primer on NC Barbecue (mostly eastern) from a man who clearly knows what he is talking about, Bob Garner (via, tambien en espanol)

– Finally, yet another plug to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter