Newport Pig Pickin’ Contest This Weekend!

I almost forgot to post this announcement, so sorry for the late notice.  Barbecue festival season kicks off in NC today in Newport, aka “The Town with Old Fashioned Courtesy.”  See the event website and this press release for details on the event, which takes place today and tomorrow.  The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and claims to be “USA’s Largest Whole Hog B-B-Q Pig Cookin,” whatever that means.  I can’t attend but would love a report so drop me a line and some photos if you make it to Newport.

Sweet Farewell to Short Sugar’s #2

More bad news from the barbeconomy.  Just a few weeks after Lexington institution John Wayne’s Barbecue rode into the sunset, we learn that Short Sugar’s has closed their downtown Reidsville location.  Short Sugar’s has been in business since way back in 1949 on the outskirts of Reidsville and had operated a second, downtown location since ’58.  It’s always sad to see an old time BBQ restaurant close, and in this case doubly sad to lose a restaurant in the heart of a downtown.  The good news is that Short Sugar’s original Scales Street location is still going strong.