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North Carolina Q is unique. Consistently the most tender with a taste that stays fresh. This was the chopped version (as opposed to pulled, AKA shredded).

Gary served his Bar-B-Q plate with a version of cole slaw I’ve never seen (top center of plate), a reddish hue from red pepper? Or tomatoes? Finely diced or minced, it had typically tasty but unknown ingredients. A well done mix of somethings.
Hush Puppies had that grainy corn meal goodness and were not oily.
A tomato slice topped with a dollop of mayonnaise for those that like it, I always shy away from eating anything that looks like mayo but I cleaned my plate like a good guest to China Grove, NC.

Note the visor. I’ve come a long way from that camouflage cap in Natchez, Mississippi:
“Eureka! Perfect BBQ is Found”

This visor was a gift from an American entrepreneur.
This exact visor is the beta “LKNative” product line, the “Lake Norman Native” parody of those LKN (Lake Norman) bumper stickers reported to be sported by area newcomers trying to be “Local-er-than-thou”.
Available for those in the know, email us (hit “reply email ” on top left of page)
to get a hookup with the insiders goods for all y’all Charlotte, Lake Norman, Davidson and Mooresville hipsters. The Summer 2005 must-have accessory!
Remember that Hilton Head T-shirt “I’m not a tourist, I live here”?
Hey if it worked for me then you too can hook up this summer with your LKNative gear!

Gary’s waitress was a Melanie Griffith double & could pass for 16 years old but a more impartial eye said she’s about 22. She has a 3 year old son, so again (see prior post below) they breed young around here and again I see why it’s hard for ’em to resist. She provided mo’tea like a champ, I pretended it was because she thought I was special (she didn’t). They have that great crunchy ice, I had to get one last hit for the road. Our driver was coveting a vintage VW microbus getting curb service and spilled his to-go tea all over the parking lot but I never considered sharing mine; it was one of the first hot muggy days.

This excursion marked the 1st time I rode shotgun on a BBQ tour.
After more than 8,000 miles I’m open for drivers interested in chauffeuring an excursion-mobile to the next pit stop. BBQ pit, that is.
If you apply for an excursion remember the 2 rules:
no fast food and no Interstate highways