Who doesn’t love good BBQ? However, one persons idea of what is good can be completely different from another’s.
Gayle, for example, loves Lexington style BBQ.
The Lexington style of barbecue uses a vinegar-based “red” sauce that is seasoned with ketchup, vinegar, and pepper, along with other spices that vary from recipe to recipe. It is most common in the Piedmont (central) and western areas of the NC. This style uses only the pork shoulder section of the pig. As with other styles of barbecue, the recipes vary widely, and can include many different ingredients, and range from slightly sweet to hot and spicy. The sauce also serves as the seasoning base for “red slaw” (also called “barbecue slaw”), which is coleslaw made by using Lexington-style barbecue sauce in place of mayonnaise. (BBQ descriptions via wikipedia.org)
When I was growing up in California “BBQ” meant anything cooked on a grill….including hot dogs, steak or even shrimp. <– yes, Gayle makes fun of that!
Here where we live – Eastern NC – the Eastern style is the BBQ most often available.
It is a light vinegar-based sauce and uses the “whole hog” as the meat (not including internal organs), and is often said to use “every part of the hog except the squeal.” Many recipes use only vinegar and pepper, and rely on the smoking process for the overall flavor.
After almost 20 years in Eastern NC, even Gayle has acquired a taste for this BBQ.
There is an event this weekend that will help solve the problem of “which BBQ style do you like best”.
We have no doubt the variations of sauces will be vast as many of the cooks hail from all over not only North Carolina but all part of the United States.
Step Up for Soldiers is hosting the 2nd Annual Backyard BBQ Cook Off. 27 different cooking teams will be given the same cut of pork and the same amount of time to work their magic. Then it will be up to YOU and a panel of distinguished judges to determine who’s BBQ is best.
Starting at 11am on Saturday around the Lake in Carolina Beach you will be able to sample the hard work of these 27 dedicated groups. For a donation of $1 per taste, you can decide for yourself the best BBQ on the beach. There will also be burgers, hot dogs, seafood and other food items available for purchase. Live music and a plethora of vendors round out the event.
Of course, we will be there with all our products. Make sure to stop by the booth and stock up. In this cold weather, a good natural soap that won’t dry your skin is a MUST HAVE. We’ll have lotions and lip balm to help keep you soft as well.
It’s free to come walk around and enjoy the atmosphere, so come spend part of your Saturday with us.