Cop on Top for a Cause

According to the Salisbury Post, China Grove Police Department officer David Lambert will be sitting on top of Gary’s Barbecue for 31 hours starting at 3 p.m. today.  The annual Cop on Top fundraiser benefits the Rowan County Relay for Life.  The event is all in good fun so I imagine officer Lambert will have no problem whatsoever with you making up your own cop-”pig” jokes… provided you donate to the fundraiser first.

For more details, contact Lambert at dlambert at cgpolice.com or 704.855.5041, though I am not sure if he’ll be checking his messages roofside.  If you live in China Grove I suppose you can just dial 9-1-1.  The article doesn’t mention what officer Lambert will be eating while he sits on top of the roof, but my money is on barbecue.

New (?) BBQ Joint in Salisbury

Rick’s Barbecue & Grill has opened–or maybe it has been open for awhile, I really don’t know–in Salisbury, the birthplace of Piedmont/”Lexington”-style barbecue.  See the article in the Salisbury Post for details, and drop me a line if you know whether this is a new restaurant or not. From the article, it sounds like a reincarnation or renaming of a previous restaurant but I am baffled.

Porky’s Pulpit: Shame on Food Lion

Regional grocery store giant Food Lion is based in Salisbury, NC, one of the most important (if underappreciated) barbecue towns in North Carolina due to its role as perhaps the birthplace of so-called “Lexington-style” barbecue.  Thus, one might expect that the folks at Food Lion would understand how to properly use the word “barbecue.”  One would be wrong. 

Food Lion is currently offering a promotion called “Backyard BBQ with Keith Urban.”  Does this contest offer as a grand prize a Salisbury area pig pickin’ with the New Zealand-born pseudo-country star?  No, it does not.  Rather, by purchasing a bag of Kingsford Charcoal or a bottle of (ahem, cough cough) KC Masterpiece sauce, shoppers are entered into a contest to attend a “BBQ” (i.e., a cookout) in Nashville, TN with Mr. Urban.  According to Food Lion’s website, no purchase is necessary (except for the charcoal or sauce?) to win this “intimate VIP experience.”  

I am sure Keith Urban can throw a mean cookout, but no intimate VIP experiences for me, thank you very much.  I’ll stick to pork shoulders cooked over hickory coals and flavored with some Salisbury-made dip.

Two BBQ Festivals This Weekend

Looking for something porktastic to do this weekend?  Head on down I-85 to Salisbury, one of NC’s most important BBQ towns, for their annual barbecue festival, which is part of the broader Salisbury Cultural Arts Festival.  The barbecue portion of the event is highlighted by a cooking competition, with competitors’ barbecue available for tasting.  As the festival website says, “Local Folks take three things seriously: Religion, Politics and… BBQ!  Just ask them. ”  If you’re lucky and meet the right people, you can experience all three things in Salisbury on Saturday.

If Salisbury and its nearly 27,000 residents is too much for you to handle on a spring afternoon, head east of I-95 to little Murfreesboro for the Roanoke-Chowan Pork Fest.  The 9th annual edition of the event features a barbecue cooking competition and a special appearance by America’s should-be-favorite mascot, the Piggly Wiggly Pig.

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