Posted tagged ‘bbq’

Barbecue Lodge – Raleigh, NC

April 21, 2010

The barbecue I grew up on was a result of where my dad took me. Holden’s BBQ in Youngsville was the mainstay, but trips to Barbecue Lodge in Raleigh were sprinkled in.

Like most barbecue restaurants these days, Barbecue Lodge doesn’t use wood to smoke the meat. Gas is much cheaper and efficient, and it’s a shame too. But their ‘cue is worth a stop by the restaurant if you’re in the area.

Here is my review on


Holden’s Barbeque – Youngsville, NC

February 16, 2010

Holden’s Barbeque – Youngsville, NC
582 US 1 Highway
Youngsville, NC 27596

Pull into the gravel parking lot of Holden’s Barbeque on US Hwy 1 just north of Wake Forest, and you might think you’ve gone back in time at least 30 years. The small white cinder block building hasn’t changed much over that time, and I’m willing to bet the food hasn’t either.

If I’m not mistaken, the original restaurant that was opened over 50 years ago now serves as the smoke house beside the main restaurant. The dining room has about 15 tables that fill up with people craving the Eastern NC style bbq defined by smoking a whole hog and seasoning it with a vinegar-based sauce.

Recipe: Crock Pot Carolina BBQ

January 29, 2010

This is the first post in my “Adventures in Cooking” section. Over the last few years, I’ve phased out a lot of my hobbies like fishing and kayaking due to the lack of time excuse, but the time I’ve spent cooking has made up for it. I really enjoy it, and I think I can hold my own among most “amateur” cooks (selling quesadillas at Phish show in college didn’t classify me as a pro).

Since it’s a passion of mine, why not share some tips, stories and recipes. The first recipe is one I shared with some of my former N&O coworkers a few years ago. I know a couple of them still use it, so why not start here?

Hannah’s BBQ South – Hickory, NC

January 8, 2010

Hannah’s BBQ South
3198 S. 127 Hwy
Hickory, NC 28602

I arbitrarily came across this place when looking online for a bbq joint to serve as a pit stop on the way to Asheville. Not knowing Hickory from a hole in the ground, I took a chance on Hannah’s, hoping I didn’t choose the area’s red-headed stepchild of bbq joints. You know, the one the locals laugh at you for saying you ate there. Luckily for me I was impressed and recently made a return visit on another road trip.