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Old 05-28-2013, 12:18 PM   #21
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Ahhh Sweatman's. Yes, we sometimes stop in there. Another good one is Little Pig's BBQ...if you are over in Columbia...
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:30 PM   #22
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Thanks for the tip Redbug--I'll check that out next time I'm up there for something.

Ah Fuego, I've had some good stuff in DH's hometown of Concord, just north of Charlotte.
But I'll be honest, I hardly every find fault with someone else's cooking! Except that tomato-based business! You have my sympathies!
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:18 PM   #23
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Texans believe they have superior BBQ....being born in NC, but living 30+ yrs in Texas & Louisiana, I have to plead the 5th....

Texas has some GREAT BBQ, but I love my NC & SC pork as well. Most times I drive up to NC to visit family, I stop off at Maurice's in Columbia, SC for some good mustard-based stuff.

While I'm in NC, I eat the vinegar based bbq with some cole slaw & hush puppies once or twice. However, back in Texas, there's no denying that tender, juicy brisket.

I'm especially fond of Zimmerhanzel's, a family-owned joint in my wife's hometown of Smithville, TX.
Yeah, that's really it. Texas prides itself on having some of the best BBQ, but it's primarily brisket country. Yeah, they can do sausage and pork and ribs and such, but in terms of being a "BBQ epicenter" it's brisket that Texas does better than everyone else (on average). Much like if you want a great BBQ pulled pork sandwich, you go to the Carolinas. Or if you want the best ribs, head to Memphis.
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Pork is not BBQ!
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Pork is not BBQ!
Tens of millions of people disagree! Just because you haven't had good pork bbq doesn't mean it can't be delicious bbq.
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Tens of millions of people disagree! Just because you haven't had good pork bbq doesn't mean it can't be delicious bbq.
See my sig line. Trust me. We know pork = truth.
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See my sig line. Trust me. We know pork = truth.
Dozens of pork shoulders that have met their demise by my hands (and teeth) cannot be wrong.
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Arguing BBQ (and chili) is a fascinating exercise, more pleasant, if equally contentious, than arguing politics or religion, and well adapted to the swilling of beer.

As long as it's low and slow and smoky...
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I have yet to meet a meat that isn't delicious when grilled.
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I have yet to meet a meat that isn't delicious when grilled.


Though I agree in principle, grilling is not the same as barbecuing!
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Though I agree in principle, grilling is not the same as barbecuing!
Let me modify my comment to include meats that are grilled, smoked, slow roasted, etc.

I actually slow roast pork shoulders in the oven (!!) and put a little liquid smoke on towards the end. Tastes as good or better than most bbq restaurants around here. Oven roasting is probably sacrilege to the hard core bbq devotees, but that's ok - they can eat their cooking and I can eat mine!
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Again, I'll reiterate...I am not very choosy when I don't have to do the cooking! I'll eat whatever y'all put on the table! Oven-roasted pork shoulders, Texas brisket, whatever!

Did I tell you that one of the local places has a brilliant new side dish/appetizer? It is these huge pork skins on a tray, served with...wait for it... pimento cheese. Holy smokes that's some good eats!
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I actually slow roast pork shoulders in the oven (!!)
I dry rub the pork shoulder and cook it in a pressure cooker!

Delicious, and convenient for those of us who can't BBQ for lack of outdoors space.
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Three things that are good even when they're not the best: barbecue, pizza, sex.
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Sounds like you will need some napkins.
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Only when we add chocolate to the equation
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The debate over the type of meat and the base for the sauce is a side issue. Good BBQ needs no sauce.

If you need to use a sauce of any variety on BBQ of any type, then what you really need is better BBQ. (The same holds true for steak and 'steak sauce' - yuck!)

Whatever meat you prefer, the secret of good BBQ is in the rub you use to season it and how you cook it, not the stuff you put on it later to change how it tastes.

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There is much wisdom to be found in a thread that covers US geography and polls, BBQ, grilling, pork, rubs, ribs, chocolate, pizza, vinegar, mustard, gumbo, cabrito, smoking, bad sex, other people cooking and good things about Texas. We have to find a way to get this in the FAQ section.
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Hey Michael...And don't forget the Poll option...
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