The Story of BBQ in N.C.

The Story of BBQ in N.C. exhibit will be at the N.C. Transportation Musuem in Spencer through the summer months. Photo from North Carolina Transportation Museum

In North Carolina, we love our tasty, regional, home-grown barbecue, whether we can agree on it, or not.

From the earliest history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods, North Carolina has a proud barbecue tradition, featured at family and community gatherings across the state. Whether at a backyard grill, a community event, or a traditional wood fire pit at a local restaurant, delicious barbecue can be found in every North Carolina county and in every corner of our history.

The Story of BBQ in North Carolina explores the emergence of hog cultivation and food made from them as a centerpiece of many gatherings.

Barbeque restaurants from across North Carolina are represented, with eastern, western, and Piedmont styles featured.  Sauces, shirts, and the tools of barbecue cooking are displayed.  Local favorites are highlighted, like Lexington Barbecue from the Piedmont’s barbecue capital, College Barbecue and Marlowe’s BAR-B-Q and Seafood of Salisbury, and Hendrix Barbecue of Spencer.

The Story of BBQ in N.C.

Several local barbecue restaurant are providing sauces for the exhibit.

Photo from North Carolina Transportation Museum

The exhibit also fuels the East vs West debate about sauces and condiments, even as it seeks to explain that the eastern vinegar base and the western tomato ketchup enhanced versions really aren’t that different. 

The exhibit is available with regular museum admission, $6 for adults, $5 for seniors/military, $4 for children 3-12, and free for ages 2 and under.  Admission plus the museum’s on-site train ride is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors/military, and $8 for ages 3-12.

The Story of BBQ in N.C.

This is one of the displays at the N.C. Transportation Museum.

Photo from North Carolina Transportation Museum

Thanks goes to those who helped contribute to the display of this exhibit at the N.C. Transportation Museum, including Lexington Barbecue, Hendrix Barbecue in Spencer, College Barbecue, Marlowe’s BAR-B-Q and Seafood, Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Que, Sue Weddington, Larry Neal, and Joel Honeycutt.

This exhibit is on loan from the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

The Story of BBQ in N.C.

Of course, the N.C. Transportation Museum still has lots of transportation related displays, blended with the barbecue story.

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