Baseball and Barbecue: Two Beautiful Traditions
I recently headed to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park (DBAP) in downtown Durham, NC to root for the hometown heroes. But baseball was not the only thing on my mind. A co-worker had told me about the “Carolina Q Dog” and, in the name of good journalism, I vowed to try it.
The Carolina Q Dog is sold at the Dillard’s Bar-B-Q concession stand right behind home plate on the DBAP’s main concourse (actually, its only concourse). Dillard’s is a Durham institution located just a few miles from the DBAP, and I will review the joint separately another time. The Dillard’s ballpark concession stand offers a limited menu that features their ‘cue in plate and sandwich form, among other dishes. The Carolina Q Dog is offered only at the ballpark and consists of a footlong hot dog smothered in chopped BBQ with a side of slaw. It’s better than it sounds. Or maybe it’s worse than it sounds, depending on your perspective.
I didn’t think it chopped pork on an all-beef dog sounded like a good combination, but it turned out to be pretty tasty. The fact that Dillard’s barbecue is finely chopped and has mustard-tinged vinegar sauce (in the South Carolina tradition) is very helpful when paired with a hot dog. Next time you go to a Bulls game and want to give your arteries a work out, try the Carolina Q Dog. It’s a nice treat by ballpark BBQ standards.
Still, even though the Carolina Q Dog was pretty good, I doubt they’ll be changing the Take Me Out to the Ball Game lyrics anytime soon…
Take me out to the DBAP, Take me out with the crowd/Buy me a foot long with bar-b-q, I don’t care ’cause I’m the BBQ Jew/Let me root, root, root for the D-Bulls, If they don’t win it’s a shame/For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out, At the old… AAGH!! DOES ANYONE HAVE A DEFIBRILLATOR?!