The Best Barbecue Joint in Each Southern State According to Yelp

I met Jeff Frederick at the historic 3rd Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking in Lumberton, North Carolina, back in April.  Jeff is Dean of the School or Arts and Sciences at UNC Pembroke, a noted historian, an expert on Alabama politics, and a real good guy.  He’s also an Auburn fan, which is a fine thing to be 364 days of the year.   Maybe 365 … Continue reading The Best Barbecue Joint in Each Southern State According to Yelp

Some Barbecue Possibilities in Virginia

UPDATE:   Alas, South Fork has closed.  The owner got sick of people wandering in and asking if he served chicken tenders, so he went back to Texas where people appreciate brisket.  He may have left too soon.  Brisket is booming all over the place, as is the state of barbecue in Virginia.  So here’s an update. I have since tried several of the places mentioned in … Continue reading Some Barbecue Possibilities in Virginia

Southern Living’s 2016 50 Best List

Thanks to my first cousin, Sinclair Griffin Lee of Charlotte (one of the Bill’s Barbecue Griffins) pointed out Southern Living magazine’s 2016 list of what they consider the 50 best barbecue places in the US. I haven’t been to all of the places, but the ones I have visited are good, so the list is a handy travel reference.  (I haven’t been to the … Continue reading Southern Living’s 2016 50 Best List

Why People Hate Washington

There is much news in the world about rebellion agains the Establishment.  The success of the Brexit proponents and Donald Trump, and the near-success of Bernie Sanders, are just the most prominent signs of widespread disgust with the Establishment, with Brussels and Washington, of a feeling that government leaders don’t care about them, don’t understand their grievances, and don’t tell them the truth. Regardless of how … Continue reading Why People Hate Washington

Other Approaches to Barbecuing

There are other ways to cook barbecue, of course.  Naturally, I think that my way makes the Best Barbecue in the World, but then I’ve been doing this for, what, 38 years now?  I’m at the point where I’m comfortable with my method.  It’s the closest I can get to cooking over an open pit, which is indisputably the best way to cook barbecue.  That’s … Continue reading Other Approaches to Barbecuing

Jim Shahin’s Latest

This article by Jim Shahin came out while our internet was down, so I’m very late in posting it: You should read the article.  It focuses on the role of black-owned barbecue places and the role they played in the Civil Rights Movement, and discusses their future and the lack of respect that they get in most discussions of barbecue.  I remember someone bringing … Continue reading Jim Shahin’s Latest

Jim Shahin on the Rebirth of Real Wood-Cooked Barbecue

Barbecue maven Jim Shahin had a piece last month on NPR about the rise of new barbecue places that cook the old fashioned way – over real wood.  He focuses primarily on Sam Jones’ new place in Winterville, NC, and the much-ballyhooed Franklin Barbecue in Austin, but he also cites Salvage Barbecue in Portland, Maine, and DCity Smokehouse, both reviewed here, and a couple of … Continue reading Jim Shahin on the Rebirth of Real Wood-Cooked Barbecue

Thanksgiving Travel Guide

Many of you will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday and naturally you will want to eat some barbecue.  Liza Tanner Boyd shared with me this list  of what Southern Living considers the 50 best barbecue places in the South.   Of course, they aren’t the 50 best barbecue places in the South – no one can say which 50 are the best – … Continue reading Thanksgiving Travel Guide

North Carolina Barbecue in the News 2

I think Calvin Trillin may have read Jim Shahin’s article in the Washington Post, because he has an article in the New Yorker that covers some of the same ground.  Or maybe he just wanted the magazine to pay for him to go to North Carolina and eat barbecue.  Who wouldn’t? Trillin focuses on the Campaign for Real Barbecue,,  a group that identifies … Continue reading North Carolina Barbecue in the News 2

Most Under-rated BBQ Cities

I get Thrillist emails and have discovered that it is aimed at people who are young, hip and trendy.  I am none of those, although I used to be young.  They recently posted a list of what they consider the most under-rated barbecue cities in the US. Because Thrillist is aimed at young, hip and trendy people, they lack a laser-like focus on barbecue. … Continue reading Most Under-rated BBQ Cities