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Brunswick Stew, Hush Puppies, and Hash: Sides on the Carolina Barbecue Trail

Meat may be the undeniable core of American barbecue, but as long as American barbecue is part of the pantheon of southern cooking, it will not stand alone. From the saltine crackers and pickles of Lockhart, to the lard-fried potatoes (you heard me) of Kansas City, to the barbecue slaw of Lexington, the side dishes served with barbecue are often as exciting as the main course. I indulged in this fact on my recent trip through the Carolinas, looking forward to the $2 servings of local flavor that flanked each serving of smoked pork. More

Notes from the South: North Carolina Barbecue

In the good state of North Carolina, barbecue means chopped pork. No fatty ribs or spice-rubbed brisket—just the whole hog or shoulder (depending on the region) slowly smoked overnight. For your viewing pleasure, here's a look at some classic barbecue joints in the state, including Wilber's, Lexington, and Allen and Son. More

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