Regional Barbecue Guide

Adding some regional flair to your favorite grilled meats doesn't turn them into barbecue, but it's close!


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Regional Barbecue Guide
I’ve mentioned previously that while you can get a close approximation to barbecue on a grill, using indirect heat and the light smokiness the grill provides, boosted by some smoldering chunks of wood if desired, to give you that barbecue flavor. Ultimately though it’s just that, a close approximation. True ‘cue needs to be slow smoked, and for that you really do need a smoker. But all is not lost!
While the texture and flavor of your meat depends on the type of cooking you subject it too, you can always add the finishing touch of true barbecue to any recipe by simply using the right sauce or dry rub. The myriad regional barbecue sauces that make up the pantheon of true ‘cue are one of the culinary treasures of this country. The Carolinas alone have four distinct styles of saucing, each one bringing something unique and intriguing to the table.

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    Jun 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM

  • Snooth User: AJetson
    135480 1

    I am from Lexington, NC, the home of Western North Carolina style BBQ. I have probably eaten a thousand pounds of the stuff, so speak from experience. There is ketchup in the sauce (or "dip" as we call it), but it is not the least bit sweet or fruity. The primary tastes are vinegar and red pepper. It might be good with a Bonardo, but aficionados know that the preferred drink with Lexington BBQ is sweet tea or a Cheerwine.

    Jun 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

  • Snooth User: 1206gene
    1298826 51

    Although a native of Eastern North Carolina with a distinct preference for our "Eastern-Style" 'cue, my tastes in barbecue are somewhat catholic ( small "c" ) and if it tastes good, I'll eat it quite happily. But I will certainly second the motion from the gentleman in Lexington about beverages of choice with barbecue. Pairing wine with barbecue strikes me as a silly exercise at best in spire of my intense love of good wines. Much more frustrating for me is the fact that in just about every barbecue joint in North Carolina, East or West, it is virtually impossible to find a real hot sauce to enhance it. They all seem to have on the tables only a concoction called "Texas Pete Hot Sauce," which has all the heat of a Coca-Cola! The mark of real class in a barbecue joint would be to find something such as Tabasco Sauce for those with a more asbestos-lined palate who would like a true hot sauce. Of course, Texas Pete is a North Carolina product.......

    Jun 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

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