Carolina barbecue fanatic, Jim Early, has founded the North Carolina Barbecue Society (NCBS). As Serious Eats's resident Carolina barbecue advocate and lover, I'm thrilled by this news!

The mission of NCBS is to "preserve North Carolina’s barbecue history and culture and to secure North Carolina’s rightful place as the Barbecue Capital of the World. Our goal is to promote North Carolina as “the Cradle of ’Cue” and embrace all that is good about barbecue worldwide. As we strive to achieve these lofty goals we will be guided by the polar star that barbecue is all about good food, good friends and good times." To that end, the NCBS board has selected 25 of the best barbecue places that are still cooking with wood or charcoal to be designated as NCBS Historic Barbecue Pits which make up the NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail across North Carolina. Road trip, anyone?

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Jim Early's book, The Best Tar Heel Barbecue.


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