Bob Garner's Guide to North Carolina Barbecue

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John F. Blair, 2002 - Cooking - 190 pages
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In 1924, Bob Melton of Rocky Mount opened one of North Carolina's first sit-down barbecue restaurants. About the same time, Sid Weaver and Jess Swicegood built modest structures to replace the side-by-side tents on Lexington's courthouse square where they had been selling barbecue since 1919. Ever since then, one of the favorite pastimes in the state has been searching for good barbecue joints. In 1994, Bob Garner began doing short features about barbecue for UNC-TV's statewide public-television magazine program, North Carolina Now. In 1996, he published North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time and produced a one-hour television special based on the book. He was soon known as "the barbecue man" in North Carolina. In this book, Garner describes what he feels are the 100 best barbecue restaurants in the state. They range from well-known establishments to little-known holes in the wall. In Bob Garner's Guide to North Carolina Barbecue, you'll find the authoritative reference for those interested in preserving the tradition of a disappearing, rural-based lifestyle through the patronage of great barbecue joints from the mountains to the sea. Book jacket.

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About the author (2002)

Television personality, restaurant reviewer, speaker, author, pit master, and connoisseur of North Carolina barbecue Bob Garner is the author of two previous books about barbecue. He has written extensively for Our State magazine, including "Bob Garner Eats," a 10-part series on traditional Southern foods. He has appeared on the Food Network's Paula's Home Cookin', featuring Paula Deen, and Food Nation with Bobby Flay; the Travel Channel's Road Trip; and ABC's Good Morning America. Garner was executive producer and host of the UNC-TV series Carolina Countryside and has been a featured speaker at the annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in New York and the Southern Foodway Alliance's annual symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. He speaks frequently to a wide variety of audiences across North Carolina. Recently, Garner joined with Empire Properties in Raleigh, North Carolina, to work with Ed Mitchell at The Pit to promote barbecue heritage; plans include traveling across the state to host heritage dinners and pig pickings accompanied by live bluegrass music. Garner divides his time between Burlington and Raleigh, North Carolina.

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