A Belated Happy New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, came and went a couple-few weeks ago and I failed to acknowledge it on this blog.  To try and, ahem, atone for my omission, I present to you this article on Jewish pitmaster Ari White and the art of Texas-style kosher beef brisket:  http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130820/LIFESTYLE01/308200052/Happy-Rosh-Hashana-y-all-Texas-barbecue-hits-holiday-menu

L’shanah tovah, y’all, and I hope your new year is off to a good start, whether you celebrated with brisket, boiled chicken, or pork butt.

Micro Pigs: Coming Soon to a Very Small BBQ Pit Near You?

According to recent media reports, the “micro pig” is the latest pet craze in Great Britain.  These pigs should consider themselves lucky that the Brits are amateurs when it comes to barbecue, as these little porkers would make the perfect individual-sized BBQ meal.  It’d be like Pizza Hut’s personal pan pizza but probably a similarly lousy deal when you consider the per ounce purchase price of the little pigs, which sometimes fetch over $1,000 (that’d buy a lot of regular pork shoulders).  Still, if you’d like to cook whole hog barbecue on your backyard Weber kettle or camping stove then the price may be worth it.  Order the main ingredient for your next micro pig pickin’ right here.

When Barbecue Attacks

Usually barbecue is a docile creature, but if provoked it will attack.  Just ask the good folks of Cleveland County: http://www.ncdhhs.gov/pressrel/2013/2013-09-17_clev_co_salmonella_outbreak.htm.

It Ain’t Easy Being Judgy

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a barbecue judge, and imagined it’s all fun and games, think again.  It’s hard work.  Well, sort of.  See Jeri Rowe’s account in the Greensboro News & Record.

Another Reason to Ignore Fox News

Fox News has done it again.

I’ve never put much stock into what Fox News says about anything, and regardless of your political stripes I think you’ll agree with me that their “Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in the US” list is downright laughable: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/09/12/top-10-barbecue-restaurants-in-us/

Oh, and did anyone else notice that their lead photo for the story is of a hamburger?  Perhaps Sarah Palin wrote this article?!

Pork Shoulder Politics

The summer is winding down and fall is almost upon us.  In North Carolina, that means one thing: political barbecues.  Pork and politics have gone hand in hand in the Tar Heel state since its earliest days.  Charlotte, being the largest city in the state, may well have more political barbecues than anywhere else, from the relatively small scale like today’s 5th annual North Mecklenburg Republican Women’s BBQ event to the 84th annual Mallard Creek Barbecue that serves thousands of ordinary people (and countless extra-ordinary politicians) on the fourth Thursday in October.  Pork barrel politics indeed.

Clyde Cooper’s on the Move

An interesting article on the long talked about and now finally happening move of the venerable Clyde Cooper’s BBQ of downtown Raleigh:  http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2013/07/31/clyde-coopers-barbecue-to-relocate.html?page=2