BARBQUE Sign, Bryson City, NC - 2011
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One of the things I love about living in the North Carolina mountains is the experience of four distinct seasons. Growing up in the New Orleans area, winter was but a brief respite between the heat and humidity that characterized spring, summer, and fall. Here, we get a real winter, but nothing severe. It's certainly nothing like the Boston area experienced this weekend!
Although winters here cannot be considered overly harsh, it's often too cold to enjoy cooking outdoors as I do almost every weekend during the warmer months. Thankfully, there's enough BBQ restaurants in the area to keep me satisfied until it warms up enough for me to cook my own.
I've always been a fan of BBQ, and I've been fascinated by how many varieties there are in different regions of the country. Each area of the country has it's own favorite style, meat, or sauce - I love them all! Pork, beef, chicken, lamb - keep it coming! Sweet sauces, spicy sauces, mustard sauces, or just dry rub - I'm not picky. I don't even care how you like to spell it, just let me have some more 'que!