My roommate’s former wife went to Catawba and they lived most of their adult lives in Lexington N.C., the self-proclaimed pork BBQ capital of the world.
After the last of the 40th reunion activities were over, we headed for Lexington on the back roads. It’s a fact that most non-chain restaurants in North Carolina close on Sunday – something to do with the 10 suggestions in the Bible. But Yelp found us a BBQ restaurant located a few miles out of town in the vicinity of high rock lake.
“Lexington Style BBQ” is made from slow cooked pork shoulder. Each restaurant has its own definition of what the right recipe is. In general, the BBQ is vinegar based, not necessarily having any tomato. Back before refrigeration, the highly acidic base protected the meat from spoiling.
I ordered “coarse chopped” BBQ that looks like this.
I did not take this picture until after I had already been eating for a bit. As you can see, the portions are huge. Hush puppies and dipping sauce are in the background.
Earlier in the year, Lexington has a BBQ festival that draws upwards of 100,000 visitors, which is just insane, and we instead have an invitation for a personal visit.
Based on the reaction during our visit, I’m sure we will follow up on that.