North Carolina: Famous for smoked pork that's pulled or chopped and eaten with thin, tangy vinegar BBQ sauce, NC has two main regional styles. Eastern NC barbecue uses the whole hog and a tart vinegar sauce with little or no tomato or sugar, and a healthy dose of pepper. Representative eastern NC BBQ sauces include Duplin's Finest from Warsaw NC, Ole Time Hot Sauce from Raleigh, Shoogs Authentic NC BBQ Sauce from Burlington NC, and Carolina Cupboard Eastern NC BBQ Sauce from Chapel Hill. Western NC BBQ uses only the pork shoulder (butt), and tomato is added to the vinegar sauce for more body and sweetness while preserving the vinegar tang. Examples include Lip Lickin' BBQ Sauce from Greensboro, Ole Time BBQ Sauce from Raleigh and Carolina Cupboard Western NC BBQ Sauce from Chapel Hill.
Low Country (SC & FL): Tangy mustard-vinegar BBQ sauce is enjoyed on smoked pork in South Carolina, Florida and the low-country (southeastern) coast of NC. Examples include Durham's own Sam Dillard's BBQ Sauce and the award-winning Joe Bud's Everything Sauce made from an old SC recipe.
Alabama: Enjoyed on chicken, fish and even ribs, Alabama has a unique white BBQ sauce made with mayonnaise, vinegar & spices. The most famous is Big Bob Gibson White BBQ Sauce. Prior to smoking or grilling, ribs and other meat are usually seasoned with a savory-sweet dry rub like Big Bob Gibson BBQ Seasoning.
Texas: Slow-cooked brisket is king & beef is the name of the game. Brisket and beef ribs are seasoned with a dry rub before smoking and served with a thick, not-too-sweet savory sauce on the side. Representative dry rubs and Texas BBQ sauces include Texas Rib Rangers Seasonings, and Texas Rib Rangers BBQ Sauces.
Kansas City: Most national brands of BBQ sauce are based on KC style BBQ. Known for slathered beef ribs, Kansas City BBQ sauces are usually very thick, tomato-based sweet sauces (molasses and/or brown sugar are common), often with smokiness. My favorite is far better than any grocery store sauce: Sa-Mokin' Award Winning Championship Recipe BBQ Sauce
Memphis: Also known for ribs, but usually served dry with sauce on the side, although you can also get "wet" ribs with the sauce slathered on. Memphis sauces tend to be tomato based, with some mustard, vinegar & spice for savory flavor. Memphis dry rubs are also savory & spicy. Great examples of both are Corky's Dry Rub and Corky's Memphis BBQ Sauce
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August is National Peach Month, so here's a peachy grilled dessert recipe for your Labor Day cookout: Grilled Sherried Peaches
1/2 cup cream sherry or port
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tbs apricot preserves
1 Tbs lemon juice
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves
Opt: Dash of Busha Browne's Spicy Hot Pepper Sherry
6 ripe but firm peaches, peeled, halved & pitted
In a small bowl combine all ingredients EXCEPT peaches, set aside. Cut six 10"x8" pieces of heavy-duty foil and make a pouch out of each by folding the edges up around your fist. Place two peach halves in each pouch and add 2 Tbs of the sherry sauce to each pouch. Fold the edges over to tightly seal each pouch. Grill over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Serves 6.
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