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