Congrats to the Red Bridges Barbecue family! Lyttle Bridges Cabaniss (aka “Mama B”), who was the wife of “Red” that took over the business after he passed in 1966 and served as the matriarch of the family until she passed in 2008, was posthumously inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame at this past weekend’s American Royal in Kansas City, MO.
Lyttle Bridges is considered to be the first woman barbecue entrepreneur in North Carolina and while her husband Red is the namesake of the restaurant, she was the guiding force behind it, reportedly working from 8am to 9pm nearly every day before handing over the restaurant to her daughter Debbie Bridges-Webb and then her grandkids Natalie Ramsey and Chase Webb at the age of 80. Those three all accepted the award on her behalf this past weekend, which surely must have been a blast.
Kevin’s BBQ Joints out here again doing yeoman’s work. This time, he reached out to 158 restaurants (4 were added since this Tweet) across the country to get what a best first order would look like. From North Carolina, Black Powder Smokehouse in Jamestown, Lawrence Barbecue in Raleigh, Longleaf Swine in Raleigh, Noble Smoke in Charlotte, Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, Southern Smoke in Garland. Naturally, Texas represents a large portion of the list and a separate “Texas-only” list is located here.
Wilber Shirley is celebrated on the UNC Press Blog by reposting his interview with John Shelton Reed and his late wife Dale Volberg Reed from “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of NC Barbecue”
After Wilber’s closed in March 2019 due to unpaid back taxes, a local ownership group led by Willis Underwood III and his son Willis IV stepped forward and reopened the restaurant in the summer of 2020, not 15 months after the closing. Bob Garner checked out the restaurant that is once again smoking whole hogs over coals but has added a few new menu items including a rib box of ribs pulled from the hog and served with vinegar. And Bob declares they are back.
Description: Bob Garner visits the iconic Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro which has re-opened to the delight of the community.
Stay strong, Texas. It sounds awful out there but we’re all with you in spirit.
With Sam Jones BBQ opening in Raleigh, the local barbecue scene now looks to Ed Mitchell’s The Preserve
Bar-B-Q King is a wallet-friendly Charlotte cheap eat
Clarence appreciate post
Carolina Hurricanes to the Dallas Stars after the first of their two head-to-head wins last week
Congrats to BBQ Tourist on 3 years!
He recently wrote up the best barbecue restaurants in Omahaon his blog
Edna Jane’s pitmaster Clay Blair grew up in Asheville; the restaurant, which is named in honor of Blair’s beloved grandmother, includes beef ribs and brisket, along with the signature Carolina pork spare and back ribs, and pulled pork shoulder served with pepper vinegar sauce.
The Soul Food Scholar weighs in on whether cornbread should have sugar in it
Adrian Miller also had a lengthy conversation with Boulder Weekly about his upcoming book Black Smoke
Big Bob Gibson review
The family-owned Original K&K Bar-B-Que is in Corsicana, TX
Heirloom Market makes this list from Eater Atlanta
Big Wayner with his spin on the Tik Tok Tortilla trend