As a native North Carolinian, I can attest that barbecue is a staple of everyday life. I can’t tell you how many pig pickings, festivals, cookouts and barbecue joints I’ve been to in my life. (I can tell you, though, that I probably opted for fried chicken over pulled pork for the first half of my life. I can admit now that I was wrong.)
My friends Amanda Aileen Fisher and Paul Bright of EDIA/Every Day Is an Adventure published a map featuring all things N.C. barbecue. The Great NC BBQ Map is a gorgeous and comprehensive guide to barbecue eateries across the state. Folded up, the map fits in any glove box and would be the perfect road trip companion for a barbecue lover.
Any North Carolinian can probably tell you how they like to eat this slow-smoked goodness. There’s Eastern-style — finely chopped from the whole hog with tangy, vinegar-based sauce and served with sweet white slaw. And then there’s Western-style or Piedmont-style — sliced or coarsely chopped pork shoulder with sweet tomato-based sauce and served with tangy red slaw. And oh, the sides! Hushpuppies, fries, baked beans, collards, mac & cheese… And The Great NC BBQ Map tells you where you can find them all.
Much of people’s barbecue preferences depend on where they grew up and how their family ate it. For me, I prefer the Piedmont/Western-style, but I like Eastern too. Don’t tell anyone, but sometimes I’ll even break all the rules and eat it with both sauces. I think it’s because I started liking barbecue later in life.
The Great NC BBQ Map would be an amazing gift this holiday season. Maybe you’ll be inspired to set a new year’s resolution to try all 400+ restaurants, shacks and eateries on the map in 2015. My family and I have sure been enjoying using this map to try out some new spots in our area.
Be sure to check out the EDIA shop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for The Great NC BBQ Map Prize pack! // susannah
CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!
Here’s how to enter:
- Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Everyone gets a free entry! Get up to 7 additional entries by following Feast + West and The Great NC BBQ Map/EDIA on social media.
- The giveaway is open until Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at 10 a.m. EST. One winner will be chosen at random within 24 hours. The retail value of the prize is $17. Prize includes one signed copy of the map, one pack of map stickers and one magnet.
- Open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18 years of age as of Nov. 18, 2014.