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Fri May 18, 2012, 11:18 PM

Coming to the Convention...where's the barbecue?

My wife and I will be in Charlotte (without a car) for the convention. What BBQ joints can we hit on public transportation?

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Reply Coming to the Convention...where's the barbecue? (Original post)
brooklynite May 2012 OP
unc70 May 2012 #1
brooklynite May 2012 #2
CRK7376 May 2012 #3
unc70 May 2012 #5
unc70 May 2012 #4
NorthCarolina Jun 2012 #6
unc70 Jun 2012 #7
unc70 Aug 2012 #8
unc70 Sep 2012 #9

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun May 20, 2012, 08:38 PM

1. You will be in the wrong part of NC for Q

For best results you need to me east of Burlington.

Western NC (tomato based sauce) is ok, but for that you need to be up near Lexington. Do not under any circumstances get mixed up with any of that mustard abomination that passes for barbecue in SC.

Seriously, I will ask people I trust if there is any place in Charlotte that the think OS ok.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #1)

Sun May 20, 2012, 09:37 PM

2. The Mayor of Charlotte told me there were -three- types of BBQ in NC...

Tomato, Vinegar and something else I can't remember...


nb-we're planning to spend the weekend in Asheville, so if there's a place along the way...

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:28 PM

3. Your 3rd choice

is mustard based. By far the best in NC is Vinegar based BBQ. It's all over the place and from Charlotte to Asheville and most points in between you will find great BBQ. Up in Winston-Salem don't miss Hills, Stratford and Little Richards who all serve great BBQ and don't forget the hush puppies and red vinegar slaw! Tough to do with out transportation though.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:26 AM

5. You will likely have pig pickings at the convention

I would expect that various receptions and functions around the convention will serve barbecue. It is too much a part of NC. It also scales up for large crowds. Can be prepared in advance, easy to serve, relatively inexpensive, and really tasty.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:14 AM

4. Asheville rec is Luella's

In NC, barbecue multiple spellings means pulled pork. Anything else requires qualifiers (e.g. brisket, chicken).

For Asheville, the rec is Luella's for NC style pulled pork, either plate or sandwich (with white slaw, not red), and with the eastern NC vinegar sauce. Luella's has other sauces and other types of barbecued items.

12 Bones where Obama ate is good, but not as authentically NC.

Still checking on best places for Charlotte.

BTW NC has two main styles of barbecue. Eastern is whole hog (hams, loins, shoulders) with a vinegar and pepper sauce. Western is usually pork shoulders with a tomato or ketchup-like sauce.

The mustard-based sauce is from SC and you sometimes see it as an option near the state line, including around Charlotte.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 10:06 AM

6. Best Q in Charlotte

Bar B Q King @ 2900 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC. 704 - 399 - 8344. http://www.barbqking.com/

-or-

Bill Spoon's Barbecue @ 5524 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC. 704 - 525 - 8865.

both accessible by public transportation.

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Response to NorthCarolina (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 03:21 AM

7. Thanks for doing Charlotte.

My Charlotte area connections all kept suggesting places not accessible by public transit. A couple of those contacts I trust mentioned Bill Spoons, but not from their personal experience but on that of people they trusted.



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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 06:31 AM

8. "Our State" magazine features NC barbecue

Our State is a great magazine for anyone with ties to North Carolina. This month, the cover story (36 pages) is on barbecue. While none of places featured are in Charlotte, they represent some of the best styles. I have eaten at all but one of these places, half of them in the last year or two.

If you come to the convention or for a visit, or if your people have been here forever, Our State is a wonderful read on things other than 'cue.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:30 AM

9. So how was the barbecue? And the convention?

I assume you got served BBQ all sorts of places.

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