Just got back from another quick trip down to Cabarrus County NC for some rabbit huntin.'
Again we were treated to some fabulous 'cue prepared by the ladies and gents of the Cabarrus Beagle Club. If you ever happen to get an invitation to one of their pig pickin's, don't be stupid and not go.
My return trip again was on Sunday so that means a stop at the incredibly convenient Jimmy's Barbecue on Cotton Grove Rd (NC 8) in Lexington, just south of Exit 91 on I-85. I brought back two pounds of coarse chopped 'cue, which comes with slaw, dip, and Bunny brand rolls. It was definitely chopped to order, so while I waited I admired the hams in the kitchen ready to be devoured by the breakfast crowd. Boy, did they look good.
Anyway, the 'cue was again superb. I got a sandwich to eat on the way home, and those big hunks of pork were incredibly tender and most importantly lean. No gristle in sight.
Jimmy's is not as well known as Lexington Barbecue and some of the others, but it's big-league.
Now, here is the news.
Item: The Lexington Barbecue Festival is this Saturday, October 26 (link below). Seven of the town's 'cue joints will be in attendance.
Item: Bob Garner's new guide to NC 'cue will be released at the Festival, and he will be there to sign copies. The book reviews 140 'cue joints.
Item: In the embarassment of riches category, there is ANOTHER new guide to NC 'cue on the market! Jimmy's was selling copies of a book called "Tarheel Barbecue: Manteo to Murphy," by a fellow named Jimmy Early (possibly Ealy). Price is $14.95 and proceeds go to a local charity. The copies at Jimmy's were all shrinkwrapped so I could just read the back cover, but Mr. Early reviews 100 joints from the coast to the mountains. (I'm assuming he gives Jimmy's a thumbs-up, which means he has good taste.) It's a pretty thick paperback and looks professional. Dumbass that I am, I didn't pick one up right there -- it's not even on Amazon yet, at least that I could find.