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
No, I don’t mean the Honey Monk of Lexington Barbecue #1 fame, and I don’t mean the Monk behind Monk’s BBQ in Purvellville, Virginia, whose place I reviewed recently. I don’t mean Dom Perignon, Martin Luther, or the Trappist monks who brew that beer, all of whom are deserving. And I certainly don’t mean Rasputin. I mean Monk of the Barbecue Bros, he of the famed … Continue reading Hats off to Monk!
Update: Here’s a link to a non-subscription story about the purchase of Wilber’s. The bottom line is that the new owners will start working on renovations as quickly as possible with an eye to opening next Spring. The money line: “The investment group plans to carry on Wilber’s legacy and serve the traditional pit-centric menu it’s known for.” We’ll update as news becomes available. … Continue reading UPDATE: The Latest on Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina
For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings; How some have been deposed; some slain in war, Some o’erthrown by the North Carolina Department of Transportation; Some poison’d by the North Carolina Department of Revenue … Continue reading The Great Wayne County Barbecue Video
My favorite, or certainly one of my favorite, barbecue meals ever was at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge. You can, and should, read that review here. It was on Day 2 of my three-day, three-a-day North Carolina Piedmont Tour de Barbecue a while back. So while we were in Charlotte for the Griffin – Duckworth wedding, Nancy and I decided to drive to Red Bridges for … Continue reading Back to Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby, North Carolina
After delicious meals at Lexington Barbecue #1 and Noble Smoke, I looked about for another barbecue place for lunch on Friday. I naturally consulted the experts at Barbecue Bros. As I mentioned in the Noble Smoke review, the Bros rated Jon G’s, a food truck that’s usually in the next county, ahead of both Noble Smoke and Sweet Lew’s. I called and found that they … Continue reading Sweet Lew’s, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte need no longer skulk about when people are talking about barbecue. Noble Smoke has arrived and Charlotte can hold its head high: they have a Top Place. It was not always so. Famously, when Charlotte was announced as the site of the 2012 Democratic Convention, Michelle Obama touted Charlotte’s “great barbecue.” Mayor Anthony Foxx, perhaps America’s most honest elected official since … George Washington … Continue reading Noble Smoke, Charlotte, North Carolina
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Why does Lexington Barbecue #1 make me quote poetry, as it did in my first review, here? For now, let’s just say that if you come across a Best Barbecue list that does not include Lexington #1 just tear it up and throw it straight into the trash. Well, if you’re looking at the Best … Continue reading Back to Lexington Barbecue #1, Lexington, North Carolina
I normally have a high regard for North Carolina’s state government agencies. Every time I’ve stepped onto an elevator in North Carolina in living memory, I’ve been greeted by the smiling visage of Cherie Berry, the head of the North Carolina Department of Labor (which inspects elevators). “Cherie” is pronounced CHAIR -ee, in her case. Ms. Berry has an infectious name, she looks like … Continue reading Is the North Carolina Department of Transportation Anti-Barbecue?
The mystery of making Eastern North Carolina Corn Sticks is now solved, thanks to Mr. Tommy Haddock of Clayroot, North Carolina. Mr. Haddock gave me the answer back in June, and I should have posted about it before. Clayroot is the home of Haddock’s Barbecue, which I presume was first opened by relatives of Mr. Haddock. They’re open for breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday, … Continue reading How to Make Eastern North Carolina Corn Sticks