In his heart of hearts, a BBQ Jew believes that Moses led his people through the desert precisely to enjoy chopped pork. And that the Promised Land is not flowing with milk and honey, but barbecue and hush puppies.
This site is the brain(step)child of two Jews who do “dig on swine,” thank you very much Jules Winnfield.
Porky LeSwine is a North Carolinian born and bred. He grew up in the hinterlands of Unincorporated Orange County. Porky’s parents hail from New York yet he disparagingly refers to all Northern transplants (and vegetarians) as Yankees. He’s been eating BBQ for 20+ years with only minimal damage to his arteries, and is blessed to have a job that takes him to the heart of Eastern and Lexington-style territory.
The Rib Rabbi is a Northern transplant, but dislikes that phrase because it evokes bad hair surgery. He shuns the term Yankee, too, as a native Bostonian. North Carolina’s life-affirming barbecue, what The Rib Rabbi once called “pulled pork,” played no small part in luring him south to North Carolina. Five years later, you *might could* find this Rabbi “blessing” BBQ plates in and around Durham, N.C.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When you say BBQ, what do you mean?
A: Living in North Carolina and being strict constructionists, we believe that barbecue is a noun. More specifically, it means pork cooked slow and low over wood coals (but, alas, many of even the most famous barbecue joints have switched to gas or electric cooking).
Q: Just what is a BBQ Jew?
A: A person of Jewish descent who partakes of the pork barbecue.
Q: Who are these BBQ Jews?
A: Two 30-somethings who believe juicy pork barbecue and Judaism can coexist. That’s what the Day of Atonement is for, right?
Q: Why should we trust your barbecue reviews?
A: Blind faith.
Q: Is barbecue kosher?
A: Next question. (Don’t Ask. Don’t tell.)
Q: No seriously, what’s the deal?
A: Neither of us keep kosher. But…we believe that if the fellas who wrote the dietary restrictions lived in North Carolina, they’d not only allow Jews to eat swine, but command it!
Q: So you guys prefer to spell it with a ‘c’ rather than a ‘q’?
A: As long as you’re paying, we’re flexible.
Q: Do you prefer Eastern or Lexington style?
A: Nice try.
Q: Do you think bbqjew.com is a blog or a website?
A: We think bbqjew.com combines the self-importance of having our own website with the self-absorption of having our own blog (or maybe it’s the other way around).
Needless to say, it’s much more fun to write when you know someone is reading. Thus, we are thankful that bbqjew.com has received attention from several fine media and meatia sources. Check out the articles here:
New Jersey Jewish News (for a less than positive but interesting perspective on our humble site, and likely the only time we’ll ever be mentioned alongside Jon Stewart)