Regional Barbecue Guide

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Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce
A Land of Sauces
 
Most of the rest of the distinctions between styles of barbecue relate to the cut of meat used and the style of sauce served alongside it. There are some subtle distinctions made here but if you live in one of these regions you identify very closely with your local sauce so to keep the peace, it’s best to respect the sauce!
 
Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce: A vinegar and pepper based sauce that is typically served with pork butt. Tart and spicy, look for a wine with similar attributes like a Zweigelt from Austria.
 
 
 

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  • Hey, SNOOTH: YOU MISSED ST. LOUIS STYLE!!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Lo...

    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 47

    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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