Boss Hog’s Backyard Barbecue, Washington, North Carolina

My nephew, Jimbo Tanner, has been an invaluable source of barbecue information.  He told me about B’s and Grady’s and Bum’s — three of the best barbecue places on earth.  When he tipped me off to Boss Hog’s, I put it at the top of my must-visit list, and I headed there after the wonderful ZZQ. I was somewhat taken aback to see that Boss Hog’s is … Continue reading Boss Hog’s Backyard Barbecue, Washington, North Carolina

Wilber’s is Open!

Drop everything!  Wilber’s is back!  Hop in your car and head to Goldsboro!  They’re opening with a limited menu and curbside service only, but the limited menu includes barbecue and hushpuppies and chicken.   Who cares about the rest?  The promise of my hope-filled Saturday drive-by has been realized. You can call your order in at 919-778-5218, or give your order to a parking attendant. … Continue reading Wilber’s is Open!

Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Many thanks to my good friend Dan Kenney, the genius behind the Coach4aday blog, the host of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, our Senior Carolina Correspondent, and the Master of the Deep Fried Turkey.  Dan sent this good news from North Carolina.  The much-anticipated — I should say much yearned-for reopening of Wilber’s is very close.  The pit has been rebuilt, and they have set … Continue reading Wilber’s, Goldsboro, North Carolina: The Re-Opening Menu is Here!

Barbecue and Rocket Science

Barbecue and rocket science both require extraordinary ability and years of hard work and dedication.  You might have thought that no one can do both.  Not so.  Knapp Hudson, our Senior Portland, Maine, Correspondent and a fellow Indian Springs grad, pointed me to an article in Gastro Obscura about an expert in both fields. Dr. Howard Conyers grew up near Paxville, South Carolina, population 158, which … Continue reading Barbecue and Rocket Science

Save the Date: May 17, 2020, for the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow

I have learned from the Barbecue Bros outstanding blog that Buxton Hall Barbecue is having its first annual Smokeshow, a barbecue festival that includes the food from various types of restaurants and, of course, beer and music, on May 17.  I’ve never been to Buxton Hall.  It’s way over in Asheville, and do you know how many barbecue places are between me and Asheville?  A … Continue reading Save the Date: May 17, 2020, for the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow

Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated

Many Americans are driving to Florida this winter.  For those of us on the East Coast, that means a lot of time on I-95, a lot of stops for refreshment, and probably an overnight.  You’re pretty much on your own for food recommendations if you’re coming from north of Washington, aside from Forno’s of Spain in Newark.  I really would love to have your suggestions — send … Continue reading Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated

Great Barbecue in Lexington

Every now and then I look up from my plate and try to take a broader view of barbecue and other great issues.  As you’ll recall, not all that long ago, Nancy and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a family wedding.  I, of course, left a day early because driving to Charlotte means going through Lexington, North Carolina.  The drive to Lexington gave … Continue reading Great Barbecue in Lexington

Good News for 2020 — Raleigh Barbecue is Taking Off!

Update:  My peripatetic brother, Jim, alerted me to yet another new barbecue place that will be coming to Raleigh– Lawrence BBQ.  It will be in Boxyard RTP, a still-developing cluster of new food and retail options in the Research Triangle Park.   I’ve thought of Triangle Park as the Sahara of food in North Carolina, and a good place to eat will be welcome there. … Continue reading Good News for 2020 — Raleigh Barbecue is Taking Off!

Doughnut-Shaped Hushpuppies at Clark’s Barbecue, Kernersville, North Carolina

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

Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, 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