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  1. Neil Stout
    August 2, 2016

    You poor benighted Philistines. If any of you had ever been given the opportunity to visit the Holy of Holies of barbeque, Eastern North Carolina, and eaten at Parker’s in Wilson (pronounced Wiltson by the natives) you would understand why the Gods on Olympus throw down their ambrosia in disgust after having eaten a barbeque plate with slaw and corn sticks, washed down with tea so sweet that a spoon almost stands up in the glass.

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    • maz
      August 2, 2016

      Frightening. I dropped down to the comments to bemoan the lack of real (i.e., Carolina-style pulled-pork, with tomato-less sauce) barbeque, and I find someone has already recommended one of the two restaurants I was going to mention. In my family, there’s been a multi-generational disagreement for decades, now, over whether the best barbeque can be found at the aforementioned Parker’s or at Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q in McGee Crossroads, some 30 miles south of Raleigh. Personally, after 20-some years on the West Coast, which is very nearly a real-barbeque-free zone (sorry, Baby Blues), both taste like heaven to me.

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      • Neil Stout
        August 2, 2016

        I went to law school in Buies Creek and am from Wilson so I know of Stephenson’s, but, of course, have a bias towards Parker’s. Also love the Skylight in Ayden and Bee’s in Greenville, and will eat Wilbur’s in Goldsboro. Everything else is crap, and that texas stuff is some kind of meat in drag.

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      • maz
        August 2, 2016

        Wilbur’s! I’d forgotten about them.

        Over the years, my family’s barbeque consumption shifted in response to th evolution of North Carolina highways: Essentially, we frequented whichever place to which we passed nearest en route from Southside Virginia to Topsail Island. Since the modernization of 70, that’s been Stephenson’s.

        I believe all three of these are mentioned in ‘B.B.Q. U.S.A.,’ by my old high school pal, Mojo Nixon. The song is essentially a recitation of Mojo’s favorite establishments across the country. Being of more cosmopolitan tastes than I, he includes a number of places that [shudder] believe tomatoes belong in barbeque sauce. On the plus side, he includes a mention of the now dearly departed Short Sugar’s Barbeque, where my father recalled eating as a young boy. That would have meant a 25- or 30-mile journey each way over a lot of un- and barely paved country roads — quite an undertaking in the early 1920s for a family of six. You just know that was some mighty good barbeque.

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      • Neil Stout
        August 3, 2016

        Outstanding! I am familiar with the paucity of barbeque in Southside having gone to undergrad there. Great Mojo post!

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  2. Greg Prickett
    August 2, 2016

    Just to be clear, there is no real barbecue east of the Sabine, north of the Red, west of the Pecos, or south of the Rio Grande.

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  3. Chris
    August 2, 2016

    Fleischman did not participate because he has decided to become vegan I guess.

    Seriously, at least none of you are vegans, there is hope.

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  4. TMM
    August 2, 2016

    You poor folks need to come to KC, where every BBQ place is better than the next, and you could start civil strife by even suggesting which place is the best in KC.

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    • Greg Prickett
      August 2, 2016

      I will merely make the observation that the only state with more than one barbecue place listed is Texas (with four), and that two of those were nominated by foreigners (or at least people who don’t live here)…. KC and NC didn’t even rate a mention…. lol

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      • shg
        August 2, 2016

        If I got a second pick, I would have gone with Jack Stack in KC. Just sayin’.

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      • Greg Prickett
        August 2, 2016

        Which would still have left KC with a total of one vote.

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      • Jim Tyre
        August 2, 2016

        You choose now to play by the rules?

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      • shg
        August 2, 2016

        They’re my rules. If I made everyone else pick one, then I couldn’t do otherwise.

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      • Jeff Gamso
        August 3, 2016

        Hey, I’m not a Texan and don’t live there now. But I lived in Lubbock for 12 years. I didn’t just do a fly-by and discover Jug’s.

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      • Greg Prickett
        August 3, 2016

        I figured you discovered Jug’s while you were at Tech, but you left. You need to come back, ‘cus I know you’re a Texan at heart…

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    • Noel Erinjeri
      August 2, 2016

      If I got multiple entries, Bryant’s and Oklahoma Joe’s (both in KC) would have been on the list. Jack Stack is good too.

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  5. Mark W. Bennett
    August 2, 2016

    I practiced law in Des Moines for 17 years after going to law school there. It’s a great city and is routinely rated in all kind of surveys as a top city to live in. I know that’s hard for bi-costal folks to believe but if I could live anywhere it would be Des Moines, and believe me I spend a lot of time in East and West coast allegedly great cities. Any BTW, had BBQ at Kruetz Market this year and rated it a D+ but it was a solid D+. So Scott, if you want me to post again on your blog please walk back your implicit criticism of DSM 🙂

    P.S. NC BBQ kicks ass

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    • shg
      August 2, 2016

      I find your sensitivity to DSM totally understandable, Judge. I would think you would give me points for having been there at all. 😉

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      • Mark W. Bennett
        August 3, 2016

        Touche!!!

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  6. Peter Orlowicz
    August 2, 2016

    If there was ever a post that should have been held until midday (like right before lunch) instead of posting first thing in the morning…

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  7. Kelly F
    August 2, 2016

    The Carolina Bar-B-Q is, indeed, the best. If you’re in Phoenix and want the best approximation of it, go to Honey Bear’s. Their motto is “You don’t need no teeth to eat our meat. (Local tip: teeth is pronounced “teef.”) http://www.honeybearsbbq.com/
    They are self-proclaimed Tennessee style, but for those of us from Raleigh, and who live in AZ, this is awfully good stuff. The go-withs are great too! And, having worked in KC for a few years, I’m going to go ahead and object to anything from there. If I wanted overly salty meat, I’d just eat beef jerky.

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  8. MIchael
    August 2, 2016

    There is no “t” in Kreuz, and they generally do not run out of food. It is a wonderful place (as are country cousins Black’s in Lockhart and City Market in Luling). But sadly, they have been surpassed by the young guns in Austin. Louie Mueller in Taylor comes closer.

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    • Greg Prickett
      August 2, 2016

      You’re right. I can never pronounce it correctly either. Mueller’s got good BBQ too. Both the Salt Lick outside of Austin and Franklin’s are good.

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  9. Rick
    August 2, 2016

    I’ve eaten barbecue in every state I’ve ever been in and don’t think I’ve ever had any that was bad. Many years ago when I lived in Charleston, SC I had a sales route that took me through eastern Sc and up into NC. On those trips I would eat barbecue at little roadside joints 3 times a day. Every now and then I’d make it to Wilson and Parkers for comparison. Barbecue was pork. Period. Then I discovered Rudys Country Store and brisket. I feel like a traitor to my southern roots but the brisket is to die for.

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  10. Lee Pacchia
    August 2, 2016

    I’m surprised Memphis and the State of Georgia didn’t make an appearance.

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    • Andrew King
      August 3, 2016

      I did eat some BBQ in Nashville, and it was nothing special. Granted it’s not Memphis, but still it made me wonder.

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  11. Neil Stout
    August 2, 2016

    Outstanding! Southside is a barbeque free zone, unfortunately. Did undergrad there. Outstanding Mojo post!

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  12. A HREF
    August 2, 2016

    No body listed Alabama, Mississippi or Memphis BBQ. Good. More of it for me to eat.

    Best BBQ I ever had were ribs bought from a guy smoking them in front of his house on Oporto-Madrid Blvd. in East Birmingham.

    And the McRib? Seriously what the HELL is wrong with you?

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    • Mark W. Bennett
      August 3, 2016

      Gotta love the Memphis rub !!

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  13. David Meyer Lindenberg
    August 4, 2016

    Fool. The McRib is the apex of human civilization.

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  14. Brian Urban
    August 4, 2016

    Now you’ve gone and started a religious war on a legal blog.

    Just to inform the uninformed, Louie Mueller’s in Taylor, TX has a James Beard award hanging on the wall (2006, American Classics category)(Why they got the award I don’t know; the ‘q isn’t that great.)

    Salt Lick (Driftwood and Round Rock, TX) are variations on Carolina BBQ, not Texas style. That’s why the best thing at Salt Lick is the pulled pork, which is excellent.

    You can legitimately call Lockhart the BBQ Capital of Texas, four good BBQ joints in a town of 15,000 (Kreuz, Black’s, Lockhart Chisholm Trail and Smitty’s)Kreuz’ sausage is top notch. Black’s brisket is the best in Lockhart.

    As to sauce,, if your BBQ needs sauce, it isn’t good ‘q. The meat should stand on it’s own. Sauce is an adjunct, not the main flavor ingredient. Kreuz Market doesn’t have sauce, never will, don’t ask. (Well, ask if you want to be a pariah)

    Now that I have started another religious war (sauce/no sauce), I return you your regularly scheduled law blog.

    P.S. Each region has it’s own unique style of BBQ. Good ‘q is good ‘q regardless of style.

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  15. Mario Machado
    August 5, 2016

    I was expecting to get a good thrashing for suggesting a Miami BBQ joint. But nada. Are Miami’s BBQ joints perennial pariahs? Like its CDLs?? 😁

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