Originally Posted by neuyawk
Funny, I only really encountered the Dip (tomato-vinegar) around the Lexington area. I'd disagree with the ENC BBQ being only a regional favorite. Quite the contrary, ENC whole hog is consistently the most popular line when we cook up here (NYC) at the annual Big Apple BBQ festival 100K+ person in attendance.
By contrast the Lexington style sauce (+tomatoes) and shoulder doesn't really appear anywhere else except western North Carolina. Tragically so I might add. Even when I was talking to the patriarch of Lexingtion BBQ himself, Charles Stamey, he was skeptical of the possibility of Lexington BBQ becoming widespread in popularity.
I'd also disagree with the sentiment that 3/4 of the state knows how to BBQ. A good proportion of state doesn't even eat Carolina BBQ. If you head around the Charlotte area, BBQ comes from a gasser and is drenched in a Kraft-processed 'BBQ sauce'.
Originally Posted by Boshizzle
Whoa! I'm not trying to start a NC civil war here!
Hey, I'm just pokin'. I'm from NC so I'm entitled.
I like eastern and western NC styles, but I'm partial to the "Lexington" style. And most of the people who eat gassed KC-Masterpiece Q are city folk who don't know any better, bless their hearts. Once you feed them some real bbq, they come around, unless they're yankee transplants.
I learned a lot about bbq cooking from my eastern NC FIL, whom I helped for years roasting whole hogs over hickory coals that were burned down in a seperate barrel. It was delicious, tender, succulent bbq, which he then drowned in pure vinegar and red pepper.