The News & Observer has an update on Ed Mitchell’s much anticipated return to the barbecue world. See the somewhat odd article here http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/02/24/3651596/durham-father-son-hope-barbecue.html The gist of it is that Mitchell’s new restaurant, Que, is set to open in downtown Durham (just past the left field wall at the Bulls’ stadium) sometime around April 1.
Surely any judge worth his or her robe would agree that this defendant is unfit for trial and should plead insanity: A Salisbury man broke into a barbecue restaurant and stole… bacon?! Read the unsavory details at http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140203/SP01/140209908/1016
Good news barbecue festival lovers: Hillsborough Hog Day has been revived. As you may recall, just last month the Orange County Chamber of Commerce announced it was cancelling Hog(g) Day. They said at the time that they would welcome help from others who wanted to carry on the tradition. I’ve not heard the full story yet, but it sounds like people heeded the calland rescued the 31-year old tradition. And thus Hog Day will happen this year after all, with the event set for June 21. Stay tuned to the official website for more details: http://hogday.org/
It is always nice to see a bona fide Barbejew making headlines. Check out the story of Jewish barbecue man Sruly Eidelman’s efforts to open up a Kosher barbecue joint at http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/short-takes/kosher-barbecue-pop-up-seeks-permanent-home.
Mr. Eidelman sounds like a smart man, at least based on quotes like this one about barbecue: “I think that more Jews need to try this kind of food.” Still no word on whether he plans to get into whole hog cooking some day, but somehow I suspect not…
As I’ve written before, my BBQ time is mostly focused on TrueCue.org these days. If you’ve yet to check out the site, or haven’t been in a few weeks, check it out now. We overhauled the website and have a solid list of wood-cooking barbecue restaurants in NC. Below are a couple of pictures from a recent True ‘Cue restaurant certification tour (the grand old dame Stamey’s in Greensboro at top, and the quite new Speedy Lohr’s on Hwy 8 in Lexington at bottom):