Queen City’s Famous BBQ: Not So Much

The North Carolina BBQ experts are apparently not as enamored of Charlotte’s pulled pork offerings as Michelle Obama, according to AP article “Charlotte Barbeque? Experts say look elsewhere“. In her letter announcing Charlotte’s selection as the site for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the First Lady stated, “Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.”

The AP article recognizes Lexington, NC (60 miles north of Charlotte) as the most noteworthy BBQ mecca in the state with popular spots such as Lexington Barbeque.

As a Massachusetts native, I used “barbeque” only as a verb (i.e. barbeque the hot dogs) until moving to NC for college and am likely not qualified to weigh in on the debate. I am a fan of the tasty BBQ at Charlotte favorite Mac’s Speed Shop, and love the annual “Blues, Brews and BBQ” festival in uptown Charlotte.

What do you think, does Charlotte have a claim as a BBQ hot spot?


3 responses to “Queen City’s Famous BBQ: Not So Much

  1. I am very excited to have received my first “Points South” email. Although I sadly no longer live in Charlotte, I have very fond memories of the great NC BBQ. Brother Jimmy’s keeps my love for the NC BBQ satiated in NYC 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment!! We went to really good BBQ places in college, like Lancaster’s with the giant NASCAR bus in the restaurant. I think Greg’s was the other good one.

  2. The best BBQ in this area is at the Rock Store in Stallings, NC. The Stalling’s Secret Sauce is awesome. If it weren’t for this place I would say the BBQ scene was pretty lame in Charlotte too, but this place pulls it off. Worth the drive anytime.

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