R.I.P. Sonny Conrad

A legend of BBQ has passed away… http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20130614/NEWS/130619980/1074?Title=Community-recalls-a-barbecue-icon-in-Conrad

Happy 40th to Stamey’s of Tyro

Friday marks the 40th anniversary of Stamey’s Barbecue of Tyro, just outside of Lexington.  If you’re in the area, drop by for the celebration. Read more in The Dispatch at http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20130611/NEWS05/306119983.

Ed Mitchell Durham-Bound

This news came out months ago, but became official this week: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x1592159589/Barbecue-restaurant-planned-for-Diamond-View-III-downtown

Organizing a Protest Against Dickey’s

As loyal readers of this site are well aware, I have devoted a fair amount of virtual ink to my reasons for disliking Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.  Well, now is your chance to help me drive my point home: I am organizing a grassroots protest against Dickey’s, which is the barbecue chain equivalent of Applebee’s (motto “Eatin’ Not-So-Good in Every Neighborhood”).

Dickey’s in downtown Raleigh is hosting a pulled pork sandwich eating contest on September 15th at 1:00 p.m.  This event sounds fun until one realizes that it is Dickey’s sandwiches that will be served, not Clyde Cooper’s.

The Pro-Pork Protest: Enter the contest, preferrably wearing the t-shirt of your favorite local BBQ joint or Clyde Cooper’s, but don’t eat a bite of the food set in front of you.  There is no need to say anything, and certainly don’t be rude.  This should be a silent, peaceful hunger strike–remember that Gandhi could go for days without food so you can go for a few minutes without pork.

Unfortunately, the event takes place at a time that I likely cannot attend or I would be there in a heartbeat.  Instead, I encourage all of you to share this idea far and wide and see if we can get a small crowd of protesters to show up for the competition.

If three or more brave soulds drop me a line at BBQJew at gmail.com confirming your plans to attend, I will alert the media of the protest and see if they will cover the story.  I will also promise to buy the first 10 protesters a BBQ sandwich at the local restaurant of their choosing.  Let’s show Dickey’s what real barbecue is all about: family-ownership, unique local flavor, and loyalty.  Who’s with me?