Explore Competition BBQ in the Carolinas

Competition BBQ trophies for Grand Champion

Barbecue competition is serious business in the Carolinas. This blog goes behind the scenes with pros in the know. From training competition, barbecue judges to the pit perspectives of barbecue contenders and the thrill of their victory, this blog smokes out all the secrets.

Meet the Ultimate BBQ Tourist and his ‘BOINK’ Balls Recipe

In a barbecue world full of options, it helps to have a tour guide to lead you toward the best. BBQ Tourist Ryan Cooper is that guide. In this blog, we highlight the BBQ Tourist, and The Smoke Sheet newsletter. And for the first time, Ryan shares the ingredients, directions, and photos of his special recipe for BOINK Balls.

Savoring Barbecue Saturday at Jon G’s Barbecue

Jon G's Barbecue in Peachland.

If you’re a barbecue enthusiast looking for a unique experience, Jon G’s Barbecue in Peachland, NC, is a must-visit. Here’s a glimpse into the experience and what you can expect, as well as the perspective collected during my visit in March.

Hungry Heroes: Serving with Heart and Flavor

Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Hungry Heroes and the remarkable individual behind it. Read the blog to learn about a South Carolina-based organization spreading comfort, support, and barbecue to those who serve and protect our communities.

Exploring the Lawrence Barbecue Experience

Lawrence Barbecue Founder Jake Wood service his signature brisket birria tacos at Carolina BBQ Festival.

We dive into the smoky world of Lawrence Barbecue, nestled among a collection of shipping containers in North Carolina’s Research Triangle. Join me as we uncover Lawrence Barbecue’s rich history, savor the flavors, and bask in the warmth of its hospitality. First, let’s discuss how you can get two tickets to that paradise and help a good cause in the process.

Easton Barbecue Fueled by Pitmaster’s Passion

Easton Barbecue Pitmaster Joel Easton.

Meet Joel Easton; a bartender turned pitmaster whose unconventional path led him to the bustling kitchens of Buxton Hall. Now, as Easton Barbecue Company founder, Joel invites you to savor his rich Carolina barbecue heritage, crafted with care and served up with a side of Southern hospitality.

Shepard Barbecue: A Carolina Coastal Gem

Brandon Shepard chops barbecue.

Welcome to the world of Shepard Barbecue, where tradition meets innovation, and every bite tells a story. Situated in Emerald Isle, one of North Carolina’s easternmost points, Shepard Barbecue serves the authentic flavors of Eastern North Carolina BBQ with a modern twist.