NORTH CAROLINA’S BBQ TRAIL The North Carolina Barbecue Society’s Historic Barbecue Trail, which runs from eastern North Carolina down to Tennessee, features 28 of the state’s best pits. Most are down-home eateries that serve moist, tender cuts of pork, with a side of slaw and hushpuppies. You’ll need to drive between stops, so if you only have a day, your best bet is to stay in Chapel Hill
Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue: North Carolina’s Favorite Food preserves the heritage and tradition of a disappearing rural lifestyle while showing how barbecue continues to evolve. Packed full of recipes for barbecue and popular side dishes; sidebars with useful tips, barbecue-related news, and features; and profiles of past and present influential pit masters and BBQ aficionados, this is the definitive guide to North Carolina’s favorite food.