History of Barbecue in Goldsboro

Late last year Carl Eugene McBride, Jr. provided me with a re-revised history of barbecue in Goldsboro, NC.  Alas, I managed to bury his email in my inbox and just came across it again recently.  With apologies for the delay, here is Mr. McBride, Jr.’s new and improved essay.  As I said when I posted the original version, this document ought to be required reading for public school students in Wayne County!

BBQ Royalty (& Me)

To the naked eye, the below picture might look simply like four pale guys grinning like idiots.  In fact, it’s a veritable barbecue all-star team grinning like idiots (and a couple of cute kids who are blessed to look more like my wife than me).

Pictured from left to right (excluding the kids): your very own Porky LeSwine, Daniel Vaughn (@bbqsnob), John Shelton Reed (@smartlyavoidstwitter), and Nicholas McWhirter (@redblank).

Mr. Reed, of Holy Smoke fame, should need no introduction to North Carolina barbecue enthusiasts.  Daniel (author) and Nicholas (photographer) are the talented team behind the soon-to-be-released book, The Prophets of Smoked Meat. Good folk everyone of them, and it was a pleasure to “break hush puppies” with them.

2013 Events

I’ve been slow to update the Events page (tab near the top right of the page) but as of yesterday the 2013 schedule is up.  Drop me a line if you know of North Carolina barbecue-related events I am missing.

Judas Pigs

If I was looking for a new name for this blog, it’d surely be Judas Pig.  That turn of phrase alone would make this article on the war on feral hogs worth reading. What exactly is a Judas pig?  According to the article, “Essentially, after capturing and killing a hog family, hunters will leave a sow alive and outfit her with a microchip or tracking collar. Then, when she finds a new group of pigs to join, hunters can use the GPS data and descend on the unsuspecting creatures.”  Sounds more like Catholic crusade pigs to me, but I digress…

Blogging Down the Drain

Being a member of the bloggerati has its perks–samples of barbecue sauce, newly published cookbooks and other goodies sent for free through the mail.  And now, completely resetting the bar, this press release directed to my BBQJew at gmail.com account…


Cintas’ Annual “Bowl Game” is Back!
Cintas kicks off the 12th annual
America’s Best Restroom Contest
Cincinnati, OH– April 1, 2013– Cintas Corporation (CTAS) is now accepting nominations for its annual America’s Best Restroom Contest, where the “top 10 places to go—when you’ve got to go” are identified and then voted on by the Internet public in an all out battle of the bowls.

“Cintas launched the America’s Best Restroom Contest twelve years ago to raise awareness of the importance of hygiene and to salute those businesses which strive for restroom excellence in both function and design,” said John Engel, Cintas’ Senior Marketing Manager.
For more than 80 years, Cintas has serviced businesses nationwide and their clientele, who recognize the correlation between clean restrooms and customer satisfaction and retention. “It makes smart business sense – everyone can appreciate a clean, well-maintained and innovatively designed restroom,” Engel added.  

Do you own your own establishment? Are you the creative mind or part of a team behind the restroom design inside of one? Or have you patronized a particularly memorable facility?

Nominate a deserving bathroom online today at www.bestrestroom.com.
The contest is open to any non-residential restroom in the U.S. that is accessible to the general public. Entries will be judged on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.
“Nominees and finalists run the gamut, from historical buildings or five star luxury hotels and restaurants in big cities, to gas stations along remote highways and mom & pop style diners in the rural Midwest,” says Sabrina Zimring, Survey Editor for Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest.

Visit the Best Restroom Facebook pageTwitter accountYouTube Channel and Instagram to post comments, receive contest updates, share photos or upload videos; links to the sites are on the contest homepage.

Ten finalists will be announced in August, at which time online voting will begin. The winner and runner-up will be revealed this fall during a nationally publicized media event, and the top vote getters will secure a place in Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom Contest Hall of Fame
For the record, I have not yet dared visit the Best Restroom YouTube Channel.  We live in interesting times indeed.