BBQ: Good eatin’ or poison?!

It’s been a rough few weeks for NC barbecue lovers (and friends).  Between the rash of closings, fires and even a proprietor’s death, it appeared things had hit rock bottom for NC barbecue restaurants.  But now there’s more. 

Bullock’s Bar B Cue in Durham is being investigated for a salmonella outbreak, according to an article in the oh-so-creatively named Food Safety News.  The barbecue sandwich pictured in this article is covered in a thick tomatoey sauce and undoubtedly has never been within 500 miles of Bullock’s, but the salmonella outbreak was real.  Note that more recent media reports indicate that the food that contained the salmonella was a takeout order, indicating that perhaps food safety was compromised after the order left the restaurant. 

Thought it was safe to eat some Brunswick stew while debating whether there is salmonella in your BBQ sandwich? Think again.  The FDA has recalled 414 pounds of Brunswick stew from Louisburg-based Murphy House Barbecue.  The recall stemmed from the stew containing undeclared potential allergens of… wait for it… wheat and milk.  Okay, not quite as gross as salmonella, though one wonders what business wheat and milk have hanging out in a bowl of Brunswick stew.

3 Responses

  1. The latest news on the salmonella outbreak at Bullock’s is that it was NOT caused by improper food handling. See

  2. […] Bad news for those of you who like your barbecue with a side of salmonella: The Louisburg-based company The Murphy House has recalled over 4,900 pounds of barbecue due to possible salmonella contamination, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for your ‘cue and ‘nella fix. (Earlier this year the same company had to recall a bad batch of Brunswick stew.) […]

  3. Food poisoning from Salmonella is deadly since this bacteria can produce toxins which is quite toxic to the human body. ”

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