It’s been a great year! The Blog has recorded over 16,000 post views by well over 10,000 viewers for 2019. That’s over twice the 2018 totals. Those numbers do not include the many views by those of you who “follow” the Blog. A special thanks to the genius chefs and the fans of the Captain’s Kitchen, the maker of the best shrimpburger in the world; … Continue reading Many Thanks
Many of you, no doubt, are planning on cooking a whole hog (or, more elegantly, pig) for your New Year’s dinner. You are to be commended. I’m sure that Dan Kenney would be cooking a whole pig if he weren’t exhausted from frying turkeys for half of Lumberton. The ultimate method of cooking a whole pig — or another large part of a pig — is … Continue reading 10 Lessons for Smoking Your First Whole Hog
God bless us, every one! Continue reading Merry Christmas
Okay, you cooked a turkey at Thanksgiving, and you’re ready to try something else for Christmas dinner. Or perhaps you’r trying to decide what to have to ring in the New Year. The answer, as so often is the case, is barbecue. But how do you make perfect barbecue? Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a reprise of an earlier … Continue reading Make Perfect Barbecue for Christmas
This just in: A deputy with the Cleveland County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office pulled over and searched a tractor trailer truck that was driving erratically on I 85. Nothing new there, but wait! The truck was carrying barrels marked as containing raw pork shoulders and, the deputy, being from Western North Carolina, searched the barrels and found lots of raw pork shoulders and $3 million … Continue reading Breaking Pork News!
It’s Thursday, or at least it will be tomorrow, and that means time to re-post a restaurant review from the earlier days of the Blog. I stepped outside today and immediately decided that a post from the sunny South was in order. Here’s one from a wonderful seafood places: #### After meals at the Peg Leg Porker and the Golden Rule, Nancy and I continued south to … Continue reading A Look Back: Hunt’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Panama City, Florida
When I was growing up, a sleeve of saltines and a can or two of sardines or Vienna sausage was a common lunch for working people. I’ve had those combinations many a time, and I still have sardines and saltines now and then. (Not so much Vienna sausage.) Sardines are a great source of calcium. After 9-11, when government offices in Washington all had … Continue reading Gourmet Canned Seafood is Hot!
A while back, I had an email from my brother, Jim, about Clark’s Barbecue. I meant to stop by Clark’s on my last trip to Charlotte, but my plan got lost in the tall weeds of my life. And I’ve lost Jim’s covering email and his comments on the food. I do remember the main thing at Clark’s caught his imagination. Behold: Those are … Continue reading Doughnut-Shaped Hushpuppies at Clark’s Barbecue, Kernersville, North Carolina
You’ve met my good friend, Jim Oliver, here. In addition to being delightfully unconventional and hugely funny, Jim is the soul of generosity. Jim’s from Creedmore, outside Raleigh, and his Momma still lives there. Jim visits her often, as every son should. When last we got together, Jim and I were talking about North Carolina barbecue, of course, and I mentioned that, Bill’s having closed, my … Continue reading Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina
Let’s try this — on Thursdays, I plan to re-post reviews of restaurants from earlier days of the Blog as a service to our more recent readers. Here’s a post on the best barbecue place in Europe, and a Top Place by any standard. ### Wow! That was my reaction to my first bite of brisket at Pendergast Smokehouse in Amsterdam. I was stunned by … Continue reading A Look Back at the Best Barbecue in Europe: Pendergast Smokehouse, Amsterdam, The Netherlands