Clark’s Barbecue, Kernersville, North Carolina

I mentioned in my review of Hursey’s that there were better barbecue places nearby. I was thinking of Clark’s Barbecue in Kernersville, which is a mere 37 miles away, and well worth the trip. Clark’s has been around since 1993, since a Davison County (Lexington) family decided to set up shop in Kernersville. They cook Lexington-style True ‘Cue, pork shoulders over wood. And they offer … Continue reading Clark’s Barbecue, Kernersville, North Carolina

Mr. Barbecue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

After my lunch at Hursey’s and a late lunch or early dinner at Real Q, I detoured from the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail. M&K Barbecue and Country Cooking, alas, turned out to be “permanently closed.” It was getting on supper time, so I decided to go to Mr. Barbecue. I’d tried to go there a year or two ago when I was on a … Continue reading Mr. Barbecue, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Bar-B-Q King, Lincolnton, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

After I had lunch at Fuzzy’s, I headed up to Blowing Rock to see my older brother Jim and his wife, Cantey. It was a great time. We had a nice visit, and Wilis Underwood’s (of Wilber’s fame) sister Missy gave me a bottle of Wilber’s sauce. This was the view from their deck around sunset. After a lovely dinner and breakfast, I got back … Continue reading Bar-B-Q King, Lincolnton, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Q, Madison, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

I began Day 2 of my Jim Early tribute trip to North Carolina Historic Barbecue Society Barbecue Trail places by driving up to Madison, North Carolina and Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Q. As I noted earlier, they’d cut back their hours and I’d arrived too late on Day 1. Like the sign says, it’s actually pit-cooked: True ‘Cue. Fuzzy’s has been around since 1954. According to Jim Early’s … Continue reading Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Q, Madison, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

Real Q, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

After lunch at Hursey’s, I tried to continue my homage to Jim Early with a second stop on the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail for a second lunch at Fuzzy’s in Madison, only to find that Fuzzy’s had closed. They’d cut back from 14 hours a day (5:00 am-7:00 pm) to only eight (7:00 am -3:00 pm) due to the general shrinking of the labor … Continue reading Real Q, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

Hursey’s Bar-B-Q, Burlington, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

A while back I tried to pay homage to Jim Early, the late founder of the North Carolina Barbecue Society. Among Early’s initiative was the creation of the North Carolina Barbecue Trail, a collection of 20 barbecue places that cooked traditional North Carolina barbecue, pork cooked over wood coals: True ‘Cue. I’d only been to a dozen of them, mainly in Eastern North Carolina and … Continue reading Hursey’s Bar-B-Q, Burlington, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

Rest in Peace, Jim Early, Founder of the North Carolina Barbecue Society

To say that I’ve been out of it lately is to understate the case. I just learned that Jim Early passed on back in June. It’s a great loss. Jim Early was the founder of and driving force behind the North Carolina Barbecue Society. Early was a lawyer and, like many great lawyers (cough), he turned his considerable energy and ability to an examination of … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Jim Early, Founder of the North Carolina Barbecue Society

Eddie’s Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

After delicious lunches at the new Sam Jones in Raleigh and Backyard Barbecue Pit in Durham, I headed down the highway to Charlotte to see family. A heavy rain made passing Lexington without stopping to eat a lot easier. I managed to find Scott and Nora’s house, despite the best efforts of my GPS, and we went to dinner with Sinclair and Eric. You met … Continue reading Eddie’s Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

Backyard BBQ Pit, Durham, North Carolina

After a great lunch at the new Sam Jones BBQ in Raleigh, I continued toward South Carolina with a detour for a light second lunch in Durham. No less than John Shelton Reed, the Godfather of Barbecue, had given Backyard BBQ Pit a strong recommendation, so to Backyard I went. I found it without trouble, or at least my GPS did, and I pulled into … Continue reading Backyard BBQ Pit, Durham, North Carolina

Sam Jones BBQ, Raleigh, North Carolina

Upon my return from my Eastern Virginia Barbecue Tour on behalf of the Campaign for Real Barbecue (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here), I decided to take a vacation. The perfect break from my routine, I decided, would be to head to South Carolina to eat barbecue. I’d eaten at a lot of barbecue places in and around the Low Country, so … Continue reading Sam Jones BBQ, Raleigh, North Carolina