As loyal readers of this site are well aware, I have devoted a fair amount of virtual ink to my reasons for disliking Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. Well, now is your chance to help me drive my point home: I am organizing a grassroots protest against Dickey’s, which is the barbecue chain equivalent of Applebee’s (motto “Eatin’ Not-So-Good in Every Neighborhood”).
Dickey’s in downtown Raleigh is hosting a pulled pork sandwich eating contest on September 15th at 1:00 p.m. This event sounds fun until one realizes that it is Dickey’s sandwiches that will be served, not Clyde Cooper’s.
The Pro-Pork Protest: Enter the contest, preferrably wearing the t-shirt of your favorite local BBQ joint or Clyde Cooper’s, but don’t eat a bite of the food set in front of you. There is no need to say anything, and certainly don’t be rude. This should be a silent, peaceful hunger strike–remember that Gandhi could go for days without food so you can go for a few minutes without pork.
Unfortunately, the event takes place at a time that I likely cannot attend or I would be there in a heartbeat. Instead, I encourage all of you to share this idea far and wide and see if we can get a small crowd of protesters to show up for the competition.
If three or more brave soulds drop me a line at BBQJew at gmail.com confirming your plans to attend, I will alert the media of the protest and see if they will cover the story. I will also promise to buy the first 10 protesters a BBQ sandwich at the local restaurant of their choosing. Let’s show Dickey’s what real barbecue is all about: family-ownership, unique local flavor, and loyalty. Who’s with me?
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