Ladies and gents, we have a winner in our free pork contest: Edd “Cracklin'” McLaughlin of Seattle, Washington. Although Edd’s name was drawn at random from among eight entrants, he also would have won for distance. Seattle is a 2,842 mile drive from Greensboro, the home of the NC Barbecue Company, which is providing the prize Battle Box. Another example of the wonders of the Internet–connecting North Carolina barbecue lovers from coast to coast.
As his contest entry, Edd wrote to say: “I’m stranded out here in the Seattle, Washington area with no access to authentic delicious tasting NC barbecue or the atmosphere of the places where it’s served. I have a lot of respect for the intensity of its preparation and am always amazed by the subtle smokiness of the finished product, be it Eastern or Piedmont style. The dips/sauces are other non-existent items out here. I always look forward to the once a year trip I make to NC and NC barbecue is right at the top of the list of reasons why I do.”
It sounds like you’ll truly appreciate this prize, Edd, so congrats on your win and happy eating. I’ll share your contact info with Ryan Pitz of the NC Barbecue Company and he’ll be in touch to arrange the Battle Box delivery.
Thanks everyone for participating, and I’ll be posting some more of your submissions later this week.