Re:Carolina chopped pork question
I got sidetracked, but I'll post my philosophy on barbecue. I'll try to hit all the important points, as my take is pretty different from almost any geographical region I've ever found.
I want only pork barbecue. Whole hog. Pulled, and not chopped. I want vinegar, tomato, & honey or molasses in my sauce. The sauce only goes on after the sandwich is at the table. Coleslaw, mayo based, is a must. I want some bark, but not a lot. Cooked over wood is the preference, but over gas is okay, too. I'm a barbecue freak, but not a fanatic about that. I want hush puppies - NO onions in the batter! - as a side. If it's dinner, then greens are good, too. Otherwise, nothing else but sweet tea. A sandwich w/slaw, six hush puppies, and a quart of sweet tea makes me a happy man.
When I first moved to Raleigh (and was a young man), I ate lunch at the same barbecue joint & had the same meal - barbecue sandwich w/slaw & hush puppies on the side with sweet tea - for my workday lunch for fifteen months in a row. Honest, five days a week, the same meal every day, for fifteen months. Sandwich w/slaw, hush puppies & sweet tea. NEVER anything else. Not one single day of Wendy's or BK or McDonalds or even Subway.
Believe me when I say - I love barbecue.