This news came out months ago, but became official this week: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1592159589/Barbecue-restaurant-planned-for-Diamond-View-III-downtown
My good friend and fellow BBQ enthusiast O.B. Goldstein–the O.B. stands for Outside Brown, in case you were wondering–sent me the below picture of a license plate that reads, “WTFBBQ”. Needless to say, O.B. was puzzled but intrigued by the phrase. What could it mean?
What The F*%k Barbecue? Who Tries Frying BBQ? Why Touch Fool’s Barbecue? Wonderful Terrific Fantastic BBQ? The possibilities seemed endless. Until I Googled the phrase. (Incidentally, wasn’t life a bit more fun when we were forced to speculate on such matters rather than instantly Googling an answer?)
What does the license plate actually mean? If you guessed this definition from UrbanDictionary.com, give yourself a pat on the back and then go to your room because you’re grounded!
It’s sad to see the letters BBQ misappropriated for a non-barbecue purpose of any sort, let alone an off color one. Hopefully karma will catch up with the driver of this car–perhaps in the form of a little trichinosis.
Well, at long last I may have met my Barbejew match: Ari White of Hakadosh BBQ. Get the full, kosher scoop at http://blogs.forward.com/the-jew-and-the-carrot/175887/the-holy-grail-of-kosher-barbeque-hakadosh-bbq/
Impressive work, my Jewish brother, but no need to give me a call until you start barbecuing pork.
Perhaps comedy is the true third rail of American politics, at least when it comes to barbecue.
favorite successful son, Stephen Colbert, recently mocked North Carolina BBQ on his satirical news show, The Colbert Report. Colbert’s sister had just lost a (sadly, not all that close) congressional election to morally-corrupt-yet-steadily-bible-thumping disgraced former Governor Mark Sanford. Colbert expressed thinly veiled disdain for North Carolina barbecue in a bit where he pretended to stray from his South Carolina roots in protest to the election results. He compared the “sauceless, vinegar-based meat product that they call barbecue” in North Carolina to South Carolina’s ‘cue, gagging as he tried to choke some down. Touché, Mr. Colbert, touché.
In truth, there are significant portions of South Carolina that serve barbecue that is nearly indistinguishable from that of its better looking neighbor to the north. (Those are the parts of the state that are closest to North Carolina, and also the parts of the state that serve good barbecue!) Colbert may well know this to be true unless he’s lived in New Jersey for so long that he’s forgotten then difference between barbecue hash and bagels with lox. Regardless, I am willing to forgive and forget, and will readily claim Stephen Colbert as a Tar Heel anytime he wishes.
Late last year Carl Eugene McBride, Jr. provided me with a re-revised history of barbecue in Goldsboro, NC. Alas, I managed to bury his email in my inbox and just came across it again recently. With apologies for the delay, here is Mr. McBride, Jr.’s new and improved essay. As I said when I posted the original version, this document ought to be required reading for public school students in Wayne County!
To the naked eye, the below picture might look simply like four pale guys grinning like idiots. In fact, it’s a veritable barbecue all-star team grinning like idiots (and a couple of cute kids who are blessed to look more like my wife than me).
Pictured from left to right (excluding the kids): your very own Porky LeSwine, Daniel Vaughn (@bbqsnob), John Shelton Reed (@smartlyavoidstwitter), and Nicholas McWhirter (@redblank).
Mr. Reed, of Holy Smoke fame, should need no introduction to North Carolina barbecue enthusiasts. Daniel (author) and Nicholas (photographer) are the talented team behind the soon-to-be-released book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat. Good folk everyone of them, and it was a pleasure to “break hush puppies” with them.