Monk: The Cuegrass festival, a mix of barbecue, bluegrass, and beer, is back next April in downtown Raleigh. It’s been a few years since I’ve been, but it looks like they’ve moved a few blocks away from in front of The Pit restaurant onto Fayetteville Street. Here were my thoughts from 2019:
Mark your calendars for April 20 for what is sure to be a fun time.
The Barbecue Festival has been nominated by NC Tripping for best annual festival
John Tanner visits Franklin Barbecue
DC barbecue featured in Texas Monthly
Team applications are now open for Memphis in May
Texas Monthly with some helpful suggestions for leftover barbecue
The labor shortage hits Texas barbecue
Noted fan of barbecue Jon Favreau recently stopped in at Heritage Barbecue
North Carolina’s oldest barbecue restaurant will celebrate its 85th anniversary on February 11. That’s right, 85 years! Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue has seemingly been invigorated by the “BBQ Karen” controversy from late last year and will take its newfound energy into its 86th year in existence. A big congrats to them!
Eater has released an updated restaurant list for the Triangle
A construction update of the Raleigh location of Midwood Smokehouse
Ray Nathan’s recently celebrated their 4th anniversary earlier this month
Meet Cece of Lincolnton’s Bar-B-Q King
Jon G’s has rolled out a separate “Carolina chopped barbecue” service out of their trailer at Barbecue Saturdays in Peachland
Have you tried the foil boat method?
Hill East Burgers in DC cold smokes their burgers with brisket trimmings for their take on smoked smash burgers
John Lewis’s Rancho Lewis makes the Charleston Hot List from Eater Carolinas
Brett’s Barbecue Shop opened their Katy location this recently and it sure seems the city embraced them
Adrian Miller dropping some Colorado barbecue knowledge
I covered this on the Facebook page briefly a few weeks back, but Smiley’s Lexington BBQ has officially announced its closing due to the NCDOT widening of Winston Road in Lexington. This widening was first announced in 2018 with a start date in summer 2020 but had likely been delayed due to the pandemic.
While owner Steve Yountz is not ready to retire just yet, per him “right now there is no definite plans on relocating as far as availably and affordability.” Patrons will have until February 26 to dine at the current location of Smiley’s before it closes its doors for good.
Nearby barbecue restaurant Speedy’s is also expected to close as a result of the road widening, however they are more optimistic about reopening in a new location and plan to rebuild and relocate, depending on the compensation they receive from DOT.
While the optimist in me hopes that both restaurants are able to relocate and continue business in due time, I worry that by next month we will be down two more classic NC barbecue joints.
A helpful post from Grady’s
Applications for the Preserve the Pit fellowship are due March 1st
Tim Carman of The Washington Post comes out with his annual barbecue list, with the wrinkle of releasing it in the winter time when some joints are closed
Carman also mourns the loss of pitmaster Corries Hardy
Rodney Scott and Eric Church getting into the honkey tonk game, and bringing whole hog to Broadway at Chief’s
Loro’s second location opens in Houston later this month
J.C. Reid on the evolution of the “Texas Trinity”
Roegels Barbecue opened their Katy location last week
Eater NY critic Robert Sietsema finds Myron Mixon’s Hoboken restaurant to be mixed in quality
A fun story from Charlotte Magazine on how Chapel Hill-born fashion designer Alexander Julian got paid in barbecue for designing the original Charlotte Hornets jerseys.
According to Juilian (also known for the UNC Chapel Hill argyle and being the costume designer for Robert Altman’s The Player), “I had this idea: What good is money if you can’t buy barbecue? I call it Carolina caviar. … I said, ‘I’ll give you ownership of the design for five pounds of Carolina barbecue a month.’ A (writer) asked me to sum up the whole experience. I said, ‘Well, George (Shinn) got rich, and I got fat. I traded $10 million worth of royalties for a gut.'”
Getting paid in barbecue, that’s the dream. Well played Alexander Julian, well played.
Garren of Jon G’s Barbecue featured on the Minsters of Smoke Instagram page
…speaking of which, Jon G’s is popping up at Triple C Brewing in Charlotte tonight
Sweet Lew’s has a new “Just Peachy” barbecue sauce available through the end of the month
John Tanner checks out Ruthie’s All Day, The Federalist Pig, and DCity Smokehouse for an upcoming Smoke Sheet article
Adrian Miller is interviewed for this Atlas Obscura piece on the Southern Foodways Alliance oral history project
The Oak Texas BBQ makes its debut in Kemah, TX; they were previously based in Nashville and were Speedy’s favorites
The Texas Monthly BBQ Fest moves to Lockhart for this year’s edition
Tips on selecting the best wood for barbecue
Nice merch special from Fox Bros Bar-B-Q: two mystery shirts and a mystery hat for $35
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