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N.C. barbecue restaurants make Time magazine list

Wyatt Dickson (left), of Pig Whistle, and Ben Adams (right) prepare samples of their BBQ, during the annual 2015 Farm to Fork Picnic. Their restaurant made Time magazine’s best barbecue restaurants in the Carolinas.
Wyatt Dickson (left), of Pig Whistle, and Ben Adams (right) prepare samples of their BBQ, during the annual 2015 Farm to Fork Picnic. Their restaurant made Time magazine’s best barbecue restaurants in the Carolinas. Sara D. Davis

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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