Rien Fertel, author of “The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters who Cook the Whole Hog,” wrote a short piece for Time magazine, “The 8 Best BBQ Spots in the Carolinas.”
Six of the eight restaurants are in North Carolina, and the only Triangle destination is Picnic in Durham. About Picnic, Fertel wrote: Pitmaster Wyatt Dickson and farmer Ryan Butler have joined forces to return to barbecue’s roots, with heritage-breed pigs raised for the smokehouse. The distance from pasture to Picnic’s pit is only about 12 miles.”
My favorite blurb was written about Grady’s Barbecue in Dudley, N.C.: “Come for the whole hog, but stick around for Gerri Grady’s astounding array of sides and her husband’s sweet-potato pie. Impossible to find without a GPS, this is my desert-island barbecue.”
See the entire list at http://time.com/4387088/best-bbq-carolinas/
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