First off, to everyone who sent out thoughts and prayers for my mother as she had a very major surgery… I give my heartfelt thanks and gratitude. Her surgery was successful, and after a week’s stay in the hospital, she is finally back at home. It’s going to be a long recovery for her, but I know that she has the will to persevere.
There hasn’t been as much going on here on the blog lately, and for that I apologize. It’s really funny how life gets in the way. But one side benefit of being busy — getting the opportunity to try some new BBQ joints! So without further delay, let’s check ’em out! Continue reading “Five for Friday — Five (Plus One) BBQ Joints I’ve Visited Recently”
As many of you may know, North Carolina is extremely rich in BBQ tradition — so much so that there is a supposed schism between east and west as to what BBQ really is. Whether it’s whole hog or just the shoulder, it’s all pig and magically delicious. I decided to make the trek to a BBQ joint that is lesser-known than its Lexington counterparts yet is not lacking for tradition — Whispering Pines B-B-Q.
Last week I was slated to travel to take a 2-day training class. The good news was that I missed the huge winter storm that slammed North Carolina. The bad news: my class was in Atlanta. So instead of snow and ice, I got lots and lots of ice. But once the ice melted, I decided to hit up a few BBQ joints in and near to the Atlanta area.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken the time to sit down and do a BBQ restaurant review. It’s not that I haven’t eaten at any BBQ joints. On the contrary, I’ve eaten at my fair share of them over the last few months. I confess that I’ve been lazy and just haven’t taken the time to write them down. It all works out in the end, however… I can roll them all into one great big epic post!
I’ve had Wink’s on my “must check out” list for quite some time now, but for some reason or another I’ve never made it there until recently. One weekend I finally bit the bullet and made the drive (approximately 45 minutes from my house) up for lunch. Was it worth it? Let’s find out!
Before embarking on my current trip to Montana for work, I thought of the state as pretty much BBQ barren. I’m proud to say that I’m wrong. On my way back to Bozeman from the Little Bighorn Battle Site, I made a stop in Billings at Blue’s BBQ after consulting Yelp. A lot of times, the reviews on there can be hit or miss, so it was a bit of a risk. Nothing would ruin my 2 hour trip back than some terrible BBQ. But don’t let its modest location within a gas station fool you… it’s got some serious food!
When I was at Memphis in May last year, a group of us had lunch at Memphis Barbecue Co. in Horn Lake, MS just before I had to fly back to NC. I was very impressed with the quality of food there. Imagine my excitement when I find out that world champion BBQ pitmasters Melissa Cookston and John Wheeler decide to open a location here in North Carolina. There was one slight problem – the new location is in Fayetteville, about 2 hours and 40 minutes away from me. This past weekend, my wife bribed me with a trip to Memphis Barbecue Co. in Fayetteville if I tagged along with her to some yarn & fiber shops. Lesson here: feed me, and I’ll do pretty much anything you want. So let’s check out Memphis Barbecue Co.!
Ever since taking a new position, I have done a bit of traveling for work training. This work training has offered up the chance (when not in training) to take in sights, check out good eats, and meet up with friends. A few weeks ago I was in the DC area, and in between training sessions, I had the chance to do all of the above!
I apologize for not writing until now. It’s funny how real life can get in the way of things. I’ve taken a new position that has had me on the road for nearly a month now. In fact, I am still on the road as I write this. The one advantage of being on the road is getting to check out new BBQ joints and restaurants. One place I had the privilege of checking out was Phat Matt’s BBQ in Oakland. In fact, I checked it out twice!