2013 Project 365

Project 365/111 – North Carolina BBQ

On the route between Maryland, and Florida there is always a mandatory stop in Wilson, North Carolina for some Carolina Bar-b-que. Unique to the northeastern section of the state, this BBQ is vinegar and red flake pepper based.

The favorite stop? Parker’s Bar-b-que that has been serving their special Eastern North Carolina pulled pork, and classic southern fried chicken since 1946. So popular with the locals, and some well-informed travelers, Sunday after church is the busiest times of the week.

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The men were in their Sunday best, the women, dressed as any proper southern lady would be for church. Since there was such a line, we tried the take-out section for the first time.

Little did we know we would be right in the back where the kitchen is. After placing our order, we were able to watch the huge cooking crew busily cooking pulled pork, brunswick stew, fried chicken, hushpuppies, boiled potatoes and so much more.

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In the main dining room, the servers are young men wearing uniforms reminiscent of the 1950’s, white paper cap included.

Outside, a mature African American man was resting in a chair along the white wall. My guess is that he is one of the master cooks who knows all the family secret recipes.

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As you can imagine, it’s been a long day, and an even longer week with over 2,000 miles clocked through six states. Great to be back home, and spring is in full bloom. Hope you had a great weekend too.

To see more of Parker’s Bar-b-que in Wilson, North Carolina, visit one of my earlier posts here.

31 replies »

  1. I would love to be able to travel like that. You have shown us some wonderful sites and no doubt there will be more.
    The first photo in this post looks like something taken in the 60’s, then when you take a closer look at the cars, you realise it isn’t. Great shot.

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