Hot!North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013

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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 18:18:40 (permalink)
 
Yes, Cook's in Lexington. I have written myself a note to get the coarse chopped and request some outside meat.
I had planned on Little Richard's on Country Club Road, and thank you for the advice.
 
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Cook's Barbecue in Lexington? If so, a very good choice. If you have the opportunity to order coarse chopped barbecue, do so and request some outside meat. You'll be rewarded. Be sure the Little Richard's in Winston Salem you visit is either the Country Club Road store or the location southeast of town on Gumtree Rd. Real brick pits are employed at these spots. The Little Richard's in Clemmons is owned by different folks and is decidedly inferior to the other stores. Sadly, the barbecue at this location is now cooked in a commercial smoker. Richard's in Salisbury is a very good choice.


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 12:07:27 (permalink)
Davidsanders, great report, pics worth the wait!
Although easy for me to say (I'm not putting the gas in the car!), try and swing back east and try these joints:
B's Barbecue in Greenville, NC. http://www.yelp.com/biz/bs-barbecue-greenville
Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC. http://skylightinnbbq.com/
Parker's in Wilson, NC. http://www.parkersbbq.com/
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 12:30:37 (permalink)
 
Thanks. Those are all on my list for the trip after this one, hopefully in August again.
 
My problem with B's and Parker's is that they are all so close together, so I have to plan maybe to stay in Greenville, or some place close. Any suggestions? At this point, for me, every trip will begin at Grady's. 
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Davidsanders, great report, pics worth the wait!
Although easy for me to say (I'm not putting the gas in the car!), try and swing back east and try these joints:
B's Barbecue in Greenville, NC. http://www.yelp.com/biz/bs-barbecue-greenville
Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC. http://skylightinnbbq.com/
Parker's in Wilson, NC. http://www.parkersbbq.com/


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 13:25:14 (permalink)
Great report. Thanks for sharing.
 
Grady's is hard to beat.
 
I am also a big fan of Moore's BBQ in New Bern, NC.
 
http://www.mooresbarbeque.com/Moores/Welcome.html
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 14:15:27 (permalink)
Try Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue in Farmville. Outstanding spoon dippped hush puppies.
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 17:02:26 (permalink)
 
I hadn't thought of Moore's. It hasn't been visited by BBQJew, which is certainly no reason not to try it! I will put it on my list for another time.
Thanks.
 
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Great report. Thanks for sharing.

Grady's is hard to beat.

I am also a big fan of Moore's BBQ in New Bern, NC.

http://www.mooresbarbeque.com/Moores/Welcome.html


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 17:03:12 (permalink)
Definitely on my list, hopefully for the next time. I've read about it and want to get there!
 
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Try Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue in Farmville. Outstanding spoon dippped hush puppies.


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/24 23:07:41 (permalink)
Davidsaanders, a very good report. Great pictures!
Next time you should try coastal NC, from Wilmington north. A different style, but equally as good barbecue IMHO. 
 
And a belated welcome to Roadfood!
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/25 17:08:43 (permalink)
You've hit many of the best spots, and I agree that Gradys is one of the two or three best in the state. However, you must go to the Skylight, aka Pete Jones', which I feel is the ultimate Eastern 'cue.
 
Thanks for your report, it's certainly comprehensive and inspiring.
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/25 20:48:13 (permalink)
Skylight is on my list for the future, and I'm very curious about it, and will definitely get there eventually. But the fact that the only side is coleslaw, plus corn bread kind of makes me wonder. Of course I've heard so many great things about it I'm sure it's wonderful.
 
douginvirginia

You've hit many of the best spots, and I agree that Gradys is one of the two or three best in the state. However, you must go to the Skylight, aka Pete Jones', which I feel is the ultimate Eastern 'cue.

Thanks for your report, it's certainly comprehensive and inspiring.


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/25 21:03:00 (permalink)
David,
 
The cornbread I had at Skylight was nasty. It was hard and bitter, with no sugar evident in the flavor. The pork was near the bottom of the four I had that day, I didn't taste any smoke. I don't recall anything about the slaw.
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/27 14:33:27 (permalink)
It's always curious to me how two people can have such widely varying reactions to the same restaurant. I see this in Yelp reviews constantly. One says it's the greatest thing they ever had, the next says it was absolute slime. I pay virtually no attention to the Yelp reviews because of that. Although sometimes if I can't find any other information I'll try to filter out the really bad ones. I know that every place can have an off day.

I'm sure I will still try Skylight so I can see for myself, and I really appreciate all the comments and suggestions.

David

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David,

The cornbread I had at Skylight was nasty. It was hard and bitter, with no sugar evident in the flavor. The pork was near the bottom of the four I had that day, I didn't taste any smoke. I don't recall anything about the slaw.

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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/27 14:52:56 (permalink)
In our case we had eaten at Jack Cobb's minutes earlier so we had a standard to compare everything to. Although one member of our group prefered Skylight (but he violated tasting protocol).
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/27 14:59:41 (permalink)
What is the tasting protocol?
 
I'm looking forward to a chance to try Jack Cobb's as well.
 
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In our case we had eaten at Jack Cobb's minutes earlier so we had a standard to compare everything to. Although one member of our group prefered Skylight (but he violated tasting protocol).


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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/27 15:18:36 (permalink)
I'd love to know about tasting protocol?!  I would hate to find out I've either been violated or have violated...and have to return all the food I've eaten the last few years....
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/27 20:14:10 (permalink)
The protocol I established for my Cue & Stew of the Month is "to eat at one highly acclaimed NC barbecue restaurant each month and order the same items to compare: Barbecued Pork; Brunswick Stew; Cole Slaw; and Hush Puppies." That puts all the restaurants on a even field.
 
At Skylite, our one outlier ordered a Barbecue Pork Sandwich, which falls outside of the established parameters. I avoid ordering sandwiches on purpose, as the bun adds one more variable to tasting the meat, can hide meat flavor, and becomes filling when visiting several pits in a row.
 
 
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/27 20:20:27 (permalink)
I'll sleep better tonight....nice to not have been violated!
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Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/28 21:01:32 (permalink)
JRPfeff

David,

The cornbread I had at Skylight was nasty. It was hard and bitter, with no sugar evident in the flavor. The pork was near the bottom of the four I had that day, I didn't taste any smoke. I don't recall anything about the slaw.

jrp

While there cornbread isn't good (and I grew up on baked cornbread) it isn't supposed to have any sugar in it.  I constantly wonder why people think cornbread is supposed to be sweet?  Gross.
 
Their barbecue is cooked over wood, but is not smoked...like traditional Eastern NC barbecue is supposed to be cooked.
 
The slaw is sweet & combines perfectly with the pork.  Again, just like it's supposed to be. 
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