Earlier this month, Wilber Shirley, a true legend in North Carolina’s barbecue world, passed. In honor of his legacy, we have chosen to post his interview from John Shelton Reed, Dale Volberg Reed and William McKinney’s co-authored Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue. “That grease hitting those coals makes the smoked flavor.… Continue Reading Celebrating the Life of North Carolina’s Barbecue Legend Wilber Shirley
This past month, the renowned Chapel Hill restaurant, Allen & Son Barbecue, quietly closed its doors for the final time. It’s owner, Keith Allen, was interviewed in depth by John Shelton Reed, Dale Volberg Reed and William McKinney, in their book, Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue. For those of us who… Continue Reading Interview with Keith Allen, owner of Allen & Son Barbecue Restaurant in Chapel Hill, on the occasion of its closing
In memory of Dale Volberg Reed, who passed away in October, we are reprinting this 2008 interview with her and her co-authors of Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, John Shelton Reed and William McKinney. ### Q: How did two Tennesseans (John and Dale) and a South Carolinian (William) get the nerve… Continue Reading In Memory of Dale Volberg Reed
John Shelton Reed, author of Barbecue: a SAVOR THE SOUTH® cookbook, partnered with the Southern Cultures Center for the Study of the American South to talk about one of his favorite subjects: barbecue.
In the following video, Reed reveals the process of creating barbecued goat from start to finish Continue Reading Video: John Shelton Reed, “That’s One Deconstructed Goat”
For this month’s Free Book Friday, we’re giving away a copy of Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue by John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed with William McKinney, along with a matching Holy Smoke chef’s apron! Continue Reading Free Book Friday: Holy Smoke edition
The month for honoring mothers, recognizing college graduates and remembering fallen service men and women is drawing to a close. While these occasions – along with blooming flowers and blue skies – take the spotlight in May, we shouldn’t forget the month long celebration for National Barbecue Month! Last year we told you the guidelines… Continue Reading We Like Excuses To Eat: May is National Barbecue Month
The call of carnies. The largest pig you’ve ever seen. The cotton candy. The midway. The chocolate-dipped bacon. The rides that click up, up, up, then, suddenly—drop—and the shrieks of the riders as they fall. And up they go again. All the many-colored lights—the fried food—the livestock clucking, hopping, mooing. And the crowds, crowds, crowds… Continue Reading Sweet Carolina and the Sweet State Fair
If you are like me, you look forward to the weekends, but dread spending the annoying amounts of money that usually accompany your weekend entertainment. Well, this weekend, you are in luck. If you are going to be in or around Chapel Hill this weekend, you MUST check out The North Carolina Literary Festival on… Continue Reading Books + Free Entertainment = Great Weekend Plans
As I have written here before, I’m a Yankee Vegetarian who came to the South too late to discover the taste of North Carolina Barbecue (in any of its varieties). However, as a self-proclaimed Foodie and something of a geek, if there’s one thing that brings out my inner Alton Brown it’s some good old… Continue Reading Better Barbecue Through Chemistry!
Well folks, that special time is finally upon us—it’s Barbecue Month! (Well, it was throughout May, but we celebrate all year long!) While many of those around the country are probably thinking it’s time to dust off their grilling machines and spatulas, we in the south know what this month is really celebrating, and that… Continue Reading Barbecue….It’s a Noun, Not a Verb, Y’all!
New York, NY – Today! Tuesday 4/21 at 6 pm – Ann Marie Stock, author of On Location in Cuba: Street Filmmaking during Times of Transition (hot off the press!), will be speaking at the Havana Film Festival at the King Juan Carlos Center. Raleigh, NC – Wed., 4/22 at 11 am – Rob Christensen,… Continue Reading Upcoming events, 4/21 – 4/27
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is narrowing in on the year’s best southern books. Here’s how they describe the process: Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite hand-sell books of the year. These are the Southern books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn’t stop… Continue Reading SIBA book award finalists include Holy Smoke & biography of Susie Sharp
While the rest of the country is awaiting January 20th to begin their (Presidential) Inaugural festivities, we in North Carolina have already begun our Inaugural celebrations with a series of celebrations in honor of our first woman Governor in the state’s history. Beverly Perdue may not be officially sworn in as Governor until Saturday morning,… Continue Reading New NC Governor Reaches Across the Table to Bridge Differences
John Shelton Reed recently introduced the Chronicle Review to Allen and Son Barbecue in Chapel Hill. Their write-up, complete with a wonderful 3-minute audio slideshow of Keith Allen’s typical day cooking and serving ‘cue, is now available. The article appears in the Dec. 19 print issue. Ed. note: Thanks, commenter durhamfood, for pointing out that… Continue Reading Chronicle offers audio slideshow of Allen & Son Barbecue
Last Thursday the Press had a fabulous launch party for Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue at The Pit in downtown Raleigh. We celebrated with authors John Shelton Reed, Dale Volberg Reed, and William McKinney as well as several pitmasters featured in the book, including Ed Mitchell (pitmaster at The Pit), Samuel… Continue Reading Holy Smoke launch night at The Pit
Well, it’s the semi-annual “clean-up day” here at UNC Press. That means everybody (except Courtney, whose office is always clean) takes some time to get their offices in order, thin out their email archives, and purge outdated files. A few extra HUGE recycling bins are brought in and are often filled to overflowing. Oh, the… Continue Reading John and Dale Reed brighten UNCP clean-up day
I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, the eldest child of parents who’s idea of gastronomic adventure was going out to the local Hot Shoppes Cafeteria (you southerners just think the K&W and you’ll get the idea). It wasn’t until I was eighteen, when I grew my hair long, pierced my ear,… Continue Reading A Yankee Vegetarian Considers North Carolina Barbecue