Southern Living Makes a Yankee Mistake

An alert reader, who goes by the pseudonym Zachary Writes, pointed out a gross error in the (virtual) pages of Southern Living magazine.  A recent post about Chapel Hill’s revered Allen & Son barbecue, which every damn fool knows has no website, includes a link to Pittsboro’s Allen & Son restaurant, which every damn fool knows has nothing to do with the Chapel Hill location.

In case you were unaware, the Chapel Hill Allen’s cooks over wood and produces some of the best barbecue in the state.  The Pittsboro Allen’s, on the other hand, is a gasser and has no connection to the Chapel Hill restaurant of the same name other than a shared origin 20-some years ago.  If you believe in evolution–and I pray to God that you do–you can think of it this way: Pittsboro’s Allen & Son is the neanderthal that is not fully evolved, while Chapel Hill’s Allen & Son is the fully evolved human that is evolutionarily superior.  Well, except that Neanderthals always cooked over wood while humans invented gas cooking.  Drat, now I’m confused too…

Credit to Southern Living for at least managing to write a nice post, and take good pictures, about the correct Allen & Son’s.  They may be confused, but they are not Neanderthals.

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5 Responses

  1. The venerable and rightly respected Vince Staten makes the same mistake in the new edition of his classic Real Barbecue. He obviously ate in the good Allen & Son, but the address he gives is for the evil Allen & Son. (By the way, Allen’s loses the equivalent of a star in the new edition. Staten must have encountered some gristle. I have, too, a couple of times lately, and I have to say that shouldn’t happen.)

  2. Porky LeSwine spoke and he was heard. There is hope for humanity yet…

    “Hi –

    We accidentally had the wrong link on our BBQ story on http://www.southernliving.com – we corrected it!
    Thanks for pointing it out.
    http://www.southernliving.com/travel/south-east/allen-son-barbecue-00417000082715/

    Sincerely,
    Jen Zawadzinski
    PR Director, Time Inc. Lifestyle Group”

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