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North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013

Some background about my love for barbecue.
  I have been a great lover of barbecue (as well as many other foods, let’s be honest) for many, many years. For most of those years I had assumed that the barbecue I was eating at various restaurants in Chicago was pretty good, and so it was.
  Several years ago I was watching Check Please and there was a review of a barbecue joint called Fat Willy's. I thought that was appropriate so I went down there to give it a try. Well, there was an hour and a half wait, so I got an order of ribs to go. They were so much better than what I had had in the past, it was eye-opening. From that time I have been looking for great barbecue, and I have found it in many places.
  I'm not saying that I'm looking for the best barbecue, just great barbecue. There are so many different kinds, and so many places that do serve great barbecue, all across the country. I've had great barbecue in Chicago (Fat Willy's is still one of my favorites, and Smoque is among the best I have had anywhere); in Tennessee; in North Carolina (Grady's in Dudley was an epiphany); in South Carolina (the buffet at D & H in Manning, with the bowl of hush puppies that I wanted to pull up a chair to and never stop eating); in Georgia (Wiley's and Blowin Smoke in Savannah); in Kentucky (Bill's and Red Hot and Blue in Lexington, until they closed); in Iowa (Bandana's in Dubuque, until they closed); and in Virginia (Buz and Ned's in Richmond is second to none, and the first picture on the next page is from there). I've also had really good barbecue in Florida, Ohio, and other places too numerous to mention. And there's nothing wrong with really good barbecue.
  While preparing for our trip in 2012, I was researching barbecue in North Carolina and came across the website BBQJew.com (“what happens when the Chosen People choose pork”). Written by two North Carolina residents, Porky LeSwine and the Rib Rabbi travel the state eating in and reviewing barbecue restaurants. Ever since I first read their blog/website, I have wanted to do a tour of North Carolina barbecue restaurants. Although my favorite barbecue is generally ribs, in North Carolina the word barbecue is synonymous with pulled (or chopped) pork, but that's OK, because I love that too. While most of the barbecue I have had has been prepared and served with tomato-based sauce, North Carolina barbecue is prepared and served with a vinegar-based sauce. I will be starting at Grady's, where 17 months ago, after having two of their fantastic pork sandwiches, I took a bite of their fried chicken and thought that I had died and gone to heaven.
 
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 00:56:06 (permalink)
    I was going to finish this report with lots of photos, but I haven't quite figured out how to post them yet. When I do, I'll be able to finish it.
     
    If anyone can tell me how to make the pictures bigger I would really appreciate it. I'm using flickr, and I tried to follow the directions that UncleVic gave using flickr, but I can't get it to work the same way. I'm having to drag the photos from my flickr page and they really are too small.
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:36:55 (permalink)
    See, This is where the Rules of Conduct need to be dominantly posted on the home page. David didn't know that he needed more posts to be able post pictures. He hasn't been back for 7 months.  
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:45:39 (permalink)
    OK, after my 30 posts (kind of arbitrary isn't it?) I'll come back and add pictures. In the meantime I'll post the captions!
     

     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:46:40 (permalink)
    Buz and Ned’s in Richmond. About the best I’ve ever had.

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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:47:03 (permalink)
    Blowin Smoke in Savannah. Excellent ribs and pulled pork.

     

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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:47:27 (permalink)
    Wily’s BBQ in Savannah. Very fine, with great sides.
      
        
     
        
     

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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:48:09 (permalink)
    D & H in Manning, South Carolina. Great barbecue and fantastic hush puppies.
      
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:48:28 (permalink)
    Hog Wild Smokehouse, near Williamsburg, Virginia. Very fine ribs.

      
     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:49:00 (permalink)
    And now, the North Carolina barbecue tour
     
    Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Lunch no. 1. Grady’s in Dudley. The holy grail of eastern North Carolina barbecue.
      
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:49:26 (permalink)
    Fantastic chopped pork sandwich and fantastic fried chicken breast. Incredible.   
     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:49:44 (permalink)
    Sandwich no. 2 and chicken wing. I couldn’t resist.
      
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:50:06 (permalink)
    Lunch no. 2. Wilber’s in Goldsboro. Very popular and famous.
      
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:50:25 (permalink)
    The chopped pork was tasty, but a bit dry, and quite a letdown considering my expectations. The coleslaw was good, the potato salad just OK. Not in the same league as Grady’s.
      
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:50:42 (permalink)
    Good hush puppies, not great.
      
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:51:00 (permalink)
    The first of many tee shirts.
     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:51:18 (permalink)
    Dinner. Hill’s Lexington in Winston-Salem. First taste of the barbecue (or red) coleslaw, one of the Lexington specialties. Wonderful pork and coleslaw.
     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:51:43 (permalink)
    These hush puppies were really good.
     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:52:02 (permalink)
    Banana pudding. North Carolina’s unofficial dessert. My first one. Pretty good, but I don’t think I would have it again.
     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:52:18 (permalink)
    The back of tee shirt no. 2.

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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:52:37 (permalink)
    Thursday, August 22. Lunch. Allen & Son, Chapel Hill.

     
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:53:00 (permalink)
    Wonderful chopped pork sandwich with coleslaw. Very, very good hush puppies, round instead of oblong, which seems to be the norm in NC.
        
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:53:18 (permalink)
    Very good pecan pie with ice cream. It was a choice between the pie or another sandwich. I liked the pie very much, but I wished I had had the sandwich, which was great.
        
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:53:36 (permalink)
    The back of tee shirt no. 3.
        
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:53:54 (permalink)
    Dinner. Bar-B-Q Center, Lexington. Great chopped barbecue, great red slaw, fantastic hush puppies, wonderful sauce. The beans were nothing special. My brother and sister-in-law joined me, thus the extra plate in the photo.
        
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:54:17 (permalink)
    Tee shirt no. 4.
     
     
     

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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:54:37 (permalink)
    Friday, August 23 Lunch. Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby.
      

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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:54:54 (permalink)
    Very good chopped barbecue, red slaw and hush puppies. The sweet tea was so sweet I had to continuously dilute it with water. Otherwise, it was a great lunch.
        
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:55:09 (permalink)
    A fraction of the wood pile in the back.
        
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    Re:North Carolina Barbecue Tour August 21-26, 2013 2014/03/23 02:55:23 (permalink)
    The back of tee shirt no. 5.
        
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