Monday, August 24, 2009

Bunch of BBQ

If you are unfamiliar with North Carolina-style BBQ it can be a little intimidating, a sloppy mess of shredded pork may not be exactly appetizing to the untrained eye. Here is a tip, the juicier and sloppier, the tastier. Pretty much the same as good brisket. Which is made similarly, cooked low and slow. Some BBQ is smoked, some is pit-fire cooked, some is electric heat grilled, some is even slow-cooked in a pot. By the way, another important distinction for North Carolina BBQ is that it refers to a specific dish, not just the event or the style of cooking. North Carolina style BBQ is shredded pork, usually cooked over a fire pit, sometimes on wood planks, sometimes smoked, always delicious, and ALWAYS with a Vinegar based sauced.

So as part of my re-introduction to the North Carolina, I am going to be doing a tour de force of the best BBQ joints around. Clyde Cooper's (downtown Raleigh) has been around since 1938 for good reason, Allen & Sons in Hillsborough serves BBQ out of an old farmhouse, and Bullocks serves family-style. I will start my review with Clyde's since it is the closest to my house.

Clyde Coopers
Location: Raleigh, NC
Cooking Style: Electric Grill
Price: $6

I was pleasantly surprised with the meal here, it was cheap, fast, and tasty. It wasn't the best BBQ around, but I think they hold themselves up well as a stalwart in the capital city.

Pros: Cheap, Fast
Cons: A little bland, slightly dry

Overall (out of 10): 6.5

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ladies in Love

A new school wedding on the Delaware shore. With the blessing of the
great state of Connecticut, they tied the knot and begin a life
together. Evolution is wonderful.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

The man of the hour

I flew over 3000 miles to see this guy get married, I've known him
since I could play Risk. This is a cheers to Doug.