Lexington Barbecue Festival: Gettin’ Piggy With It

The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC

The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC

How do you follow up a fun Friday at the NC Museum of Art Rolling Sculpture exhibit followed by lunch at Winston’s Grille? Some people might stay home and chill the next day, but not this girl. Camera bag in hand I was off to Lexington, barbecue capital of the world. Well maybe not the world, but the barbecue capital of North Carolina for sure. Why Lexington? Because this weekend was the 33rd Annual Barbecue Festival, and why not!? 

Local pottery, another NC favorite!

Local pottery, another NC favorite!

North Carolina has the great fortune of having an extensive food culture, especially where barbecue is concerned. From the mountains to the coast, barbecue reigns supreme. For all y’all not familiar with the types of NC barbecue, let me give you the lowdown on the types.

The Log Hog Adoption Agency is seeking furever homes for their shelter pigs.

The Log Hog Adoption Agency is seeking furever homes for their shelter pigs.

In North Carolina we do pork barbecue two ways: Eastern barbecue and Western barbecue, approximately divided down the fall line. In both versions, the pork is cooked low and slow. That’s what makes the pork juicy and tender. Eastern NC barbecue has a vinegar-based sauce with varying degrees of heat. Western barbecue, found here in NC, is tomato based and can be sweet or sweet & spicy.

New York Sound Machine entertaining the crowd!

New York Sound Machine entertaining the crowd!

Wait your turn - pork barbecue served here!

Wait your turn – pork barbecue served here!

The Barbecue Festival, now in its 33rd year, celebrates all that porky goodness in a fun-filled one-day festival and I’m here to tell ya’ the pork is good.

Pork, fries, and sandcastles...

Pork, fries, and sandcastles…

Have you ever seen a pig race? No? Me either. How about racing goats or ducks? No? Well then get your front row seat in the grandstand at the Hogway Speedway and hold onto your bacon while these little oinkers compete for the win. Rubbin’ is racin’!

The Hogway Speedway Announcer calls the race.

The Hogway Speedway Announcer calls the race.

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Heading to the finish line for those Cheetos!

Heading to the finish line for those Cheetos!

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Wood chopping is hard work, maybe not for a woodchuck, but for regular folks. You’ve got to put some muscle into it! These guys made it look easy….

Woodchopping faster than a Tasmanian devil!

Woodchopping faster than a Tasmanian devil!

Chop complete!

Chop complete!

“There’s a party going on right here…” and indeed, it was a party!

Sleeping Booty bringing the celebration to the Barbecue Festival in Lexington!

Sleeping Booty bringing the celebration to the Barbecue Festival in Lexington!