The North Carolina foods we love most!
Yes, we all have our favorite foods that we order time and time again. But when you are here, it is difficult to do because of the many delicious specialties we have in this state. But as you may know, North Carolina barbeque is at the top of the list.
The one type of cooking that rules in North Carolina is of course,
North Carolina BBQ!
If you think of barbecue as just using ribs or beef with a lot of sauce on them, you would be wrong if you're in North Carolina!
Our favorite North Carolina foods include the two styles of barbecue served here called Lexington and Eastern.
Let's talk about Lexington Style first.
Okay, here's how it works. When barbecuing Lexington style you only use the shoulder of the pig.
It is cooked slowly over smoking hickory Charcoal and served with red slaw that is made with ketchup, vinegar and sugar but does not have mayonnaise as you probably would expect in cole slaw.
Eastern style barbecue is made with plain whole-hog pork meat but has just a bit of sauce that to tell you the truth, doesn't even look like sauce. It's a vinegar based, and very light and you either love it or hate it!
It is served with slaw as well, but it's not the red slaw but the mayo based slaw.
The other things usually served with North Carolina barbeque is sweet tea, which is iced tea
with so much sugar you can feel the cavities forming, and what are
called hush-puppies that are made with cornbread batter and is deep
As you may have noticed, slaw is big here as well. It's Practically a food group! and no, we don't call it cole slaw...it's just slaw.
Some more of our favorite foods that are very popular happens to be sea food, which is usually lightly breaded and fried.
If your on the coast, and you like seafood, you have to visit one of the many delicious restaurants that specialize in it. You won't be disappointed!
Some of our favorite fish include bass, trout and catfish as well as bluefish, flounder, sea bass, and red snapper.
Another North Carolina's favorite would have to be our corn bread and like slaw, it is served quite a lot.
As you probably know, cornbread arrived in North America with the native tribes of the southern United States and Central America, and they were the earliest corn bread chefs.
The first cornbreads were simple mixtures of cornmeal, salt and water, but as time went on, other ingredients have been added to recipes making it a staple in many of the southern states.
Now that's not all the North Carolina foods we have here but it is the best of the best!
Don't you just love a cold beer with a good meal? Visit the North Carolina beer guide of the United Nations of Beer!
I know what your thinking...where can I try some of this great barbecue? Well, you are in luck!
North Carolina Tar Heels Sweet and Smoky BBQ Sauce
I have included some of our favorite North Carolina barbecue sauce recipe(s). So go ahead...try them!
Want to know where to get a taste of some great food, without having to make it? Check out the N C Festivals
We know you have a favorite recipe of your own...why not share it here? We would love to try it!
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