General Betray-us and the BBQ Mistress

Finally, an angle to the David Petraeus affair story that has caught my interest: North Carolina barbecue.  See the vinegary details here.  As the old Tar Heel State saying goes, “When Jon Stewart sweats through his t-shirt, it’s hard for a four-star general to resist an attractive woman who eats barbecue.”  Once true, always true.

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Barbecue Festival Wrap-Up

Postgame video highlights, so to speak, from the 29 annual Barbecue Festival in Lexington.  Visit the Lexington Dispatch for the video, and links to other Festival videos.  Lots of (in?)action shots of people eating barbecue sandwiches…

Guns, Gardens and Monks

Nice, brief feature on the legendary Wayne Monk of Lexington Barbecue on Garden & Gun’s website.

New BBQ in Chapel Hill

It appears that Bart’s Old North State Barbecue, which started as a catering company and then a food truck, has found a bricks and mortar location. This one opened up right under my nose without me realizing, so thanks to alert reader Will for tipping me off to it.  I’ve had these folks’ barbecue from the truck and it is quite good, so expect it’s worth a visit.  I’ll be trying it myself soon.

Greenberg’s Smoked Turkeys

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to get serious about finding the perfect bird.  I’ve grown fond of smoking my own turkey over the past few years.  Smoking a turkey doesn’t take much longer than oven roasting, the meat comes out moister and more flavorful, and the oven stays free for everything else.  Plus, you’re a lot less likely to set your house on fire than cooking the bird in a deep fryer.  (And if you do set your house on fire, at least you’ll add a wonderful hickory smoke aroma in the process.)

If you want the taste of home-smoked turkey without the effort, I have heard rave reviews of Greenberg’s Smoked Turkeys.  These birds are smoked in East Texas and shipped to your doorstep, wherever that may be.  Now, I know North Carolina barbecue fans like myself are supposed to be suspicious of Texan barbecue but with a name like Greenberg, I think I’ve discovered a fellow BBQ Jew…