Looking for something to do this weekend and have a wholesome hankering for whole hog? If so, be sure to check out the Carthage Buggy Festival, which starts off with a barbecue cooking contest on Friday evening. The BBQ Cook Off benefits The Arc of Moore County, and is an officially sanctioned NC Pork Council event.
According to the festival website, “Delivery of the pigs to each contestant will take place at about 10:00 p.m. [Friday]. They cook all night and the following morning on-site judging by N.C. Pork Council certified judges begins at 8:00 a.m. Following the on-site judging, local barbecue enthusiasts will put their palates to a blind taste test of all contestants’ barbecue. On-site and blind scores will then be combined to determine the first, second, third and fourth place winners.”
Better yet, “The public is invited to come out to the park between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning and taste free samples of each cooker’s pig and sauce. This will be the only chance to taste differences between cookers. Once the judging is complete the cooked and chopped barbecue will be combined and sold as sandwiches and in bulk…” It’s great that Joe Public gets to taste the ‘cue before it’s all lumped together, and this sets Carthage’s event apart from some of the state’s larger barbecue festivals.