Originally Posted by neuyawk
North Carolina is divided into two major styles
West (aka Lexington aka Piedmont) is whole shoulder + a vinegar sauce with a touch of tomato
East (aka Almighty God's BBQ) is whole hog with a vinegar pepper sauce (same thing sans tomato)
Don't rule out whole hogs for western style, either-there are a lot of western-style cooks who like to roast whole hogs.