Whispering Pines B-B-Q, Albemarle, NC

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.

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My Mini Georgia BBQ Crawl

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.

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On the Road: BBQ Adventures

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!

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Blue’s BBQ – Billings, MT

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!

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Memphis Barbecue Co. – Fayetteville, NC

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.!

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Checking out Phat Matt’s BBQ – Oakland, CA

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!

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