Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

Originally posted on John Tanner's Barbecue Blog:
It’s been weeks since you roasted a turkey, so get ready to roast another one.  It may seem soon, but, after all, you won’t have to roast another one for 11 months.  Remember that while the turkey is the centerpiece of the meal, the real stars are the sides.  How often do you get to eat gravy.… Continue reading Best Dressing for Roasted Turkey

The Best-Ever Sweet Potato Recipe: Liza Tanner Boyd’s Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

Originally posted on John Tanner's Barbecue Blog:
Thanksgiving is upon us, and, as required by federal law, that means it’s time to make sweet potatoes.  Very sweet potatoes.  For most people, that means either sliced sweet potatoes covered with an incredible amount of sugar, or else a sweet potato casserole, where the incredible amount of sugar is blended in and the actual amount is… Continue reading The Best-Ever Sweet Potato Recipe: Liza Tanner Boyd’s Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole

The Latest on Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Wilber’s was the stuff of legend before it closed, most foully murdered at the hands of the North Carolina Departments of Transportation and Revenue.  Wilber’s was must-stop on the way to the beach for anyone who loved barbecue, including people who had just eaten a big lunch with too many corn sticks at Parker’s, just 45 minutes up the road. This blog has been in … Continue reading The Latest on Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Update: Ramey’s Bar B Que, Parsons, Tennessee

Update: I’ve just posted on a couple of new whole hog barbecue places in Birmingham, outposts of Rodneys Scott’s of Charleston and Martin’s of Nashville.  Naturally my thoughts have returned to the great barbecue and the great people at Ramey’s  in Parsons, Tennessee. You will recall that during the Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour, upon leaving Ramey’s, I was so overwhelmed that I backed … Continue reading Update: Ramey’s Bar B Que, Parsons, Tennessee

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

I was very impressed by the whole hog barbecue places in Tennessee during my Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour.  You will, no doubt, recall my reviews of B.E. Scott’s in Lexington and Ramey’s, in Parsons, the friendliest town in the world.  After eating at B.E. Scott’s and Ramey’s, I was tempted to travel on to Nashville to try Martin’s, but Nashville is not in … Continue reading Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

Ayden Collard Festival, Ayden, North Carolina

If you’re in, say, eastern or central North Carolina or southeastern Virginia, hop in the car and drive straight to Ayden, North Carolina, for the Ayden Collards Festival.  Ayden is the center of production of that legendary heirloom variety,  Yellow Cabbage Collards.   As you can see, they are not actually yellow, or anywhere close to yellow. They are green and oh, my, they are … Continue reading Ayden Collard Festival, Ayden, North Carolina

Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Birmingham, Alabama

As regular readers know, every year I teach a Thursday afternoon class in the University of Alabama Honors College for my good friend, Bob McCurley.  That means I get to visit family and eat some barbecue.   (I also get two tickets to an Alabama football game, which makes me the highest-paid guest lecturer on earth.)  This trip I headed to a new barbecue place, the … Continue reading Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Birmingham, Alabama

Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Pappy’s Smokehouse is the highest-rated barbecue place in St. Louis on Yelp and Trip Advisor and most other “Best” lists.  Pappy’s is especially known for their ribs, which some consider the best in the US.  That made it a must-stop on our last day in St. Louis. The approach to Pappy’s is beautiful.  There are five big Ole Hickory cookers outside, each one of which has … Continue reading Pappy’s Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Sugarfire Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Sugarfire Smokehouse is a hot new barbecue chain, one of the top three-rated barbecue places in the St. Louis area.  There are now 14 branches, and the chain — network would be a better word — has spread from Missouri to Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana. Nancy and I went to the Downtown St. Louis location for an early supper the evening after our AVA 10k state … Continue reading Sugarfire Smokehouse, St. Louis, Missouri

Charlie Parker’s, Springfield, Illinois

After a late and large lunch at BEAST Craft BBQ in Belleville, Nancy and I went on to Springfield and checked in to our hotel.  Nancy wasn’t at all hungry, and I wasn’t interested in a big meal, so I reverted to hunter-gatherer mode at a local supermarket and dined on oranges, a bag of M & Ms, and a couple of Hazy Little Thing … Continue reading Charlie Parker’s, Springfield, Illinois