Mallard Creek Barbecue

Neat TV news story profiling the serious work involved in preparing for Thursday’s annual Mallard Creek Barbecue in Charlotte.  It’s worth watching for the burn barrels alone, check it out embedded below or by following this link.  For one thing, I didn’t realize they actually cook over wood coals–impressive for an event serving 14,000 pounds of pork!


“Pigs” Eating Pig

If you’re in Hickory this weekend and can live with yourself for visiting Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (aka “the Starbuck’s of BBQ”), then check out this event.  In case you are too lazy to click the link, it is a newspaper article describing a BBQ sandwich eating contest between the Hickory Police Department and the Catawba County Sheriff’s Department to raise money for the Special Olympics.

According to the article, “Aggressive eaters from each department will go head-to-head to see who can cram down the most barbecue sandwiches in 10 minutes.”  The public is invited to attend and has the right to cheer on its favorite competitor, or the right to remain silent…

Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship

Perhaps still seeking its BBQ identity after the Michelle Obama flap of 2011, the not-so-famed BBQ destination of Charlotte will host a barbecue competition the weekend after next.  Seriously, it sounds like a fun event so check it out.  Below is an excerpt from the media release about the event, with all the gory details:

Charlotte, NC – September 11, 2013 – BBQ competitors have yet another reason to sharpen their skills and perfect their recipes before the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship. On October 19, the winning team will not only receive the title of Grand Champion and a $7,500 cash prize; the team will also receive a Golden Ticket – an exclusive invitation to compete in the 2013 World Food Championships in Las Vegas, to be held November 7-10, 2013.

The four day, invitation-only food competition draws hundreds of contenders from around the world. Competitors vie for $300,000 in winnings and the title of 2013 World Food Champion. The Q-City Charlotte BBQ Grand Champion team will represent the Southeast region and battle other top-tier national teams in the World Barbecue Championship category.

The Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship will be held for the 11th year on October 18-19 in Uptown Charlotte. There are two types of teams – Memphis BBQ Network (MBN) pros and Challenger (amateur) teams that will compete in a variety of categories – everything from Boston butt and whole hog to cole slaw and chicken. The Grand Champion will be chosen from the MBN pro team division. This is the second year that the Grand Champion will be automatically qualified to compete in the World Food Championships.

Fans will enjoy tons of food, live music, BBQ demonstrations and competitions during the Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship. Cost of admission? It’s free. Join us Oct. 18-19 in Charlotte.

NCBS BBQ Boot Camp Registration

See the below press release sent to me by Jim Early of the North Carolina Barbecue Society.  Jim adds, “We have room for about 9 more paid  campers to fill out the camp which is July 19-20, 2013, but the condo hold and great price ends June 30 and I would like our campers have this great price.  We already have our 8 Wounded Warriors and we have a lovely 5 bedroom home with all the amenities atop the mountain comped for the Warriors.”  Sounds like fun so check it out…

The North Carolina Barbecue Society (NCBS) is pleased to share that it will produce its Mountain NCBS BBQ Boot Camp and NCBS Certified BBQ Judge Classes  at Sugar Mountain Ski Resort Friday and Saturday July -20,2013.  The attendees at this event will receive an 18 hour cooking School diploma and a certificate as a NCBS Certified BBQ  Judge.  NCBS Certified BBQ Judges are used to judge all NCBS sanctioned BBQ events.  See our website and click Up Coming Classes home page and follow prompts.

The cooking school will have as instructors some of the top Pit Masters and Chefs in the country.  These highly skilled individuals will conduct classes on cooking whole hogs Eastern NC style (sauces & sides) ,pork shoulders Western NC style(sauces & sides), pork ribs & rubs, beef brisket & rubs, beef steak from inexpensive to high end with sauces a & rubs, Heritage Chicken, Guinea Fowl, and White Ringed Neck Pheasant with exquisite sauces, scrumptious side dishes, delectable appetizers and to die for desserts.  Last year CNNGO.Com named the NCBS Cooking Schools 1 of 10 Excellent cooking schools universally.

The cooking schools are capped at 40 including 8 full scholarships to Wounded Warriors.  With the assistance of our wonderful neighbors at Sugar Mountain,/Banner Elk/Avery County NCBS has acquired lodging at a discounted rate for our attendees.


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.

Barbecue Cures Cancer

On October 18th, you can help support the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the fight against cancer by stuffing your face with pork.  Sounds fun, right?  Learn more at

Bob Garner Moderates Down Home Foodies

From the Durham County library, this looks like a good one, even though it doesn’t feature any BBQ pitmasters…

Southern Cooking (Durham Reads Together)
Sunday, September 23, 3 p.m.
Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.

Food plays an important part in the culture of the South and in Maron’s novels. InUp Jumps the Devil, Deborah Knott says, “My family will drop every other subject to discuss food.” Join Bob Garner, television personality and food author, as he moderates a panel of leading proponents of Southern cooking, including Chefs Ben Barker of Magnolia Grill, Billy Cotter of Toast, Amy Tornquist of Watts Street Grocery and Iron Chef Walter Royal of the Angus Barn as they discuss Southern food cultures.