Friday, January 29, 2010

Kent Craig Moves from BBQ Web Guru to Author

Kent Craig, who authored one of the most extensive NC BBQ web-sites on the net, has shut up shop on his web-site. He has taken the info from his site and written Kent’s Carolina Barbecue Book, available from Amazon. The BBQ Jew has interviewed Kent on their blog.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fuzzy's Reaches Out to Haiti

According to this article at, Jennifer Joyce, a manager of Fuzzy's BBQ in Madison, has arranged for a trailer for transporting supplies to earthquake devastated Haiti. The trailer is parked at the restaurant and accepting donations when the restaurant is open. Please help by giving whatever you can. Blankets and water are needed most.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Recommended - Neil Holden Barbecue, Youngsville

Address - 582 Us 1 Hwy, Youngsville NC Map
Style - Sit-down Restaurant

Holden's is in a little cement block building across a side street from the Sheetz in Youngsville. You seat yourself and order from a single sided laminated menu. It is a typical NC barbecue place with terrific food.

Along with the typical offerings, there are daily Southern lunch specials, which I will have to try on other visits. What caught my eye was the lunch special of a barbecue sandwich, brunswick stew and hushpuppies for five bucks. What a deal!

The chopped barbecue in the sandwich was superb. There was enough color and flavor from the smoker and a decent Eastern sauce with the vinegar overtones. The brunswick stew was typical NC style, with the vegatables a bit overcooked. The star of the day were the hush puppies. The waitress brought a basket when I ordered (which is a habit I wish more restaurants would adopt). I took one bite and was floored. I usual prefer the lighter puppies you get in seafood restaurants on the coast over the heavier kind found in barbecue joints. These hushpuppies were in a class of their own. They were firm without being heavy. They had a true cornbread flavor that I loved.

I'll be back.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

RIP - Carrboro Q Shack

According to Chowhound, the Carrboro Q Shack has been closed since November. The location has not been a good one for restaurants in the past. There are a number of other older restaurants of various types in the immediate area and the Artscenter brings in foot traffic.