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Hog Day
9/20/2024 - 9/21/2024
Hillsborough , NC

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10/18/2024 - 10/19/2024
Fayetteville , NC


Featured Reads

Your First ‘Pig-Pickin’ - How to Cook a Pig - Donald Williamson
So you’ve planned the party, set the date, invited your family and friends, decided on the food, the weather forecast looks great, but now you’re stuck wondering …how am I going to cook the pig? I’ve never done that before! ...  read more

What Is North Carolina-Style BBQ? - H. Kent Craig
For as long as there's been civilization, for as long as people have raised domestic pigs as livestock, civilized human beings have also eaten those same-said domestically-raised pigs, usually by cooking them slowly over an open fire-pit of some sort....  read more

A Southern Cultural Icon - Laura Dove
Most Southerners take their barbecue very seriously, refining methods of preparation and fiercely defending the preeminence of their favorite sauce recipes. Read this article to get a comprehensive history of the great art of Barbecue!...  read more

What is North Carolina BBQ?

NCBBQ is the ultimate destination for learning about and sharing your knowledge on North Carolina Barbecue. In this state, it's not just a passion, it's a culture! When someone invites you to a barbecue in North Carolina, they're not talking about cooking burgers. You better be prepared to come hungry and enjoy a heaping plate of tender pork cooked to its finest with all the fixins.

North Carolina is so passionate about its barbecue that there are even two different styles: Eastern North Carolina Barbecue and Western North Carolina Barbecue, with the line pretty much drawn at Raleigh. Generally, folks east of Raleigh (Eastern style) will cook the entire pig, chop it fine, and generously douse it with a vinegar-based sauce. On the other side of the state, barbecue means cooking meaty pork shoulders then serve it with a sweeter tomato-based sauce. Then there's chopped vs pulled pork...

Which is better? Well that's for you to decide. But just so you know, I'd guess some marriages have split up over their love of barbecue!

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