The Barbecue Quiz: How Much You Know?

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The Barbecue Quiz: How Much You Know?

How much do you know about the barbecue? Many states have made barbeques a tradition where people eat to catch up with one another or talk on issues. What is served at a barbeque, and does meat always have to be on the menu? One state is known for the grilling fest in North Carolina, and this quiz will test your knowledge of the tradition’s history and current practices. Check it out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    North Carolinians have always been fond of barbeque. In 1730, Governor William Byrd of what Old Dominion colony said Tar Heels ate so much swine it filled them with “gross humor”?
    • A. 

      Virginia

    • B. 

      South Carolina

    • C. 

      Massachusetts

  • 2. 
    Some modern North Carolina barbecue cooks use gas to produce the heat needed to prepare their pork, but wood is the traditional method. What type of tree, whose scientific name is Carla Carolina-septentrionalis, is very popular for barbeque pit fuel?
    • A. 

      Carolina locust

    • B. 

      Carolina gum

    • C. 

      Carolina shagbark hickory

  • 3. 
    Barbecue sauce in North Carolina is generally divided into Eastern and Western styles. The Western or Lexington style has what ingredient in it that the Eastern style lacks?
    • A. 

      Onions

    • B. 

      Tomatoes

    • C. 

      Garlic

  • 4. 
    It’s said that the first ‘sit down’ barbecue restaurant in North Carolina was established by Bob Melton in 1924. Melton cooked barbecue for decades and before he died in 1958 was named “the king of a southern barbecue by what famous magazine?
    • A. 

      Life

    • B. 

      Look

    • C. 

      National Geographic

  • 5. 
    North Carolina barbecue cookouts and churches go hand in hand. There’s even a Barbeque Presbyterian Church that was founded in 1758 near Sanford and Barbeque Creek in what county?
    • A. 

      Moore County

    • B. 

      Montgomery County

    • C. 

      Harnett County

  • 6. 
    Author and gastronome Bob Garner not only wrote “North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time”, he also hosted a UNC-TV series on the barbecue that ran on what show?
    • A. 

      North Carolina Yesterday

    • B. 

      North Carolina Now

    • C. 

      North Carolina Tomorrow

  • 7. 
    The Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church annual barbecue fundraiser marked its 83rd year in 2012. Always drawing plenty of campaigning politicians, this barbecue blast is held in what county?
    • A. 

      Mecklenburg

    • B. 

      Gaston

    • C. 

      Rowan

  • 8. 
    Side items that North Carolinians require with their barbecue can include hush puppies, potatoes boiled or fried, and red or green slaw. What another side whose ingredients can include chicken, corn, lima beans, and even squirrel or rabbit is a favorite of folks in our state?
    • A. 

      Mulligan stew

    • B. 

      Hobo stew

    • C. 

      Brunswick stew

  • 9. 
    There’s a certain type of dessert that is traditionally served in North Carolina barbecue restaurants to those who have room left in their stomach after a hearty helping of pig and fixings’. Name this sweet concoction that often includes vanilla wafers.
    • A. 

      Ice box pie

    • B. 

      Banana pudding

    • C. 

      Tiramisu

  • 10. 
    The Lexington Barbecue Festival started in 1984 and features music, art, a carnival, pig racing, and toms of barbecue. The festival is the largest of its type in our state and in 2011 drew about how many visitors to the Davidson County city of Lexington?
    • A. 

      160,000

    • B. 

      110,000

    • C. 

      90,000

  • 11. 
    In 1983 North Carolina barbecue hit another height when Wayne Monk of Lexington Barbecue was invented by Ronald Reagan to supply ‘cue and fixings’ at a White House dinner for several heads of state including what British prime minister?
    • A. 

      Winston Churchill

    • B. 

      Pete Townshend

    • C. 

      Margaret Thatcher

  • 12. 
    When it comes to what part of the pig North Carolina barbecue cooks prefer- well, some go the whole hog while many others put to fire and smoke on what part of the pork?
    • A. 

      Brisket

    • B. 

      Shoulder

    • C. 

      Shank

  • 13. 
    In 1919 Sid Weaver and George Ridenhour set up the first barbecue stand in Lexington under a tent near 22 W. Center Street. This establishment was located close to City Hall and what other important building that now houses the Davidson County Historical Museum?
    • A. 

      County Courthouse

    • B. 

      Police Department

    • C. 

      Public Library

  • 14. 
    North Carolina barbecue is enough to make folks sing, as evidenced by the fact that several songs have been written in its honor. What Tar Heel author, who penned “Walking Across Egypt”, wrote a tune entitled “A Quiche Woman in a Barbecue Town”?
    • A. 

      Thomas Wolfe

    • B. 

      Alan Gurganus

    • C. 

      Clyde Edgerton

  • 15. 
    Barbecue connoisseur Jim Early of Winston-Salem journeyed to all 100 counties in our state in search of the perfect plate of pork. Early went on to found what organization is known as “The Fun Tribe” dedicated to North Carolina barbecue?
    • A. 

      Tar Heel Barbecue Organization

    • B. 

      North Carolina Barbecue Society

    • C. 

      North Carolina Barbecue Club

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