We mentioned before that there seemed to be some eyebrows raised when Michelle Obama extolled the virtues of Charlotte as being a BBQ town. Shown below you will also see that the author raises the validity of this point with the judicious use of question marks as “Barbecue? In Charlotte?”
As in most controversies, there is a lot of information that gets put out there, some good, some bad and some that is just made up! However, one of the bonuses here is that there is a book co-authored by a retired North Carolina professor, John Shelton called “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue.” Is it worth a read? We don’t know. If there is anyone out there who has read it, has it, whatever, please let us know!
Also: see our earlier article at http://charcolandmore.com
Despite Praise from Michelle Obama, Experts Say Charlotte BBQ is Far From the Best
Barbecue? In Charlotte?
FILE – In this Friday, April 23, 2010 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama wait in line to order at 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville, N.C. Everyone likes to be praised, but when First Lady Michelle Obama listed “great barbecue” as one of Charlotte’s virtues, it was a bit much even for people thrilled that North Carolina’s largest city will host next year’s Democratic national convention.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
One expert, John Shelton Reed, explained it in stark terms. He is a retired University of North Carolina professor and the co-author of “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue.”
“Complete the sentence: As a barbecue town, Charlotte is one, not what it used to be; two, like Minneapolis for gumbo; three, good enough for Yankees; four, not far from Shelby,” he said, referring to a barbecue center about an hour west of Charlotte.
Ouch. In North Carolina, this is serious stuff.