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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

    Correct Answer
    A. Virginia
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Virginia. The passage mentions Governor William Byrd, who was associated with Virginia. The statement about Tar Heels eating a lot of swine and being filled with "gross humor" suggests a connection to Virginia, as it implies a stereotype or observation about the people of Virginia.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Carolina shagbark hickory
    Explanation
    Carolina shagbark hickory is a very popular tree for barbeque pit fuel in North Carolina. The question mentions that wood is the traditional method for cooking barbecue, and Carolina shagbark hickory is a type of tree that provides excellent wood for fuel. Its scientific name, Carla Carolina-septentrionalis, further supports the idea that this tree is native to North Carolina and would be commonly used for barbeque pit fuel in the region.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Tomatoes
    Explanation
    The Western or Lexington style of barbecue sauce in North Carolina contains tomatoes, while the Eastern style lacks this ingredient.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Life
    Explanation
    Bob Melton, the founder of the first "sit down" barbecue restaurant in North Carolina, was named "the king of southern barbecue" by Life magazine.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Harnett County
    Explanation
    North Carolina is known for its barbecue culture, and it is common for cookouts and churches to be connected. The question mentions a Barbeque Presbyterian Church, indicating that the county in question is likely to have a strong barbecue tradition. The correct answer, Harnett County, is the most logical choice as it is the only county mentioned in the question that is located near Sanford and Barbeque Creek.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. North Carolina Now
    Explanation
    Author and gastronome Bob Garner wrote a book called "North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time" and also hosted a UNC-TV series on barbecue. The correct answer is "North Carolina Now" because it is the only option that matches the format of the other two options, which are named after time periods.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Mecklenburg
    Explanation
    The Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church annual barbecue fundraiser has been held for 83 years, indicating that it is a long-standing tradition. The question mentions that the event draws plenty of campaigning politicians, suggesting that it is a significant and well-known event in the area. The correct answer, Mecklenburg, is a county in North Carolina known for its historical significance and being home to the city of Charlotte. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that the barbecue fundraiser would be held in Mecklenburg County.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Brunswick stew
    Explanation
    Brunswick stew is a favorite side dish in North Carolina that includes ingredients such as chicken, corn, lima beans, and even squirrel or rabbit. It is a hearty and flavorful stew that is commonly enjoyed alongside barbecue.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Banana pudding
    Explanation
    Banana pudding is the correct answer because it is a traditional dessert served in North Carolina barbecue restaurants. It is often served after a meal of barbecue and includes vanilla wafers as one of its ingredients. Ice box pie and tiramisu are not specifically mentioned as traditional desserts in this context.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. 160,000
    Explanation
    The Lexington Barbecue Festival, which started in 1984, is known for its various attractions such as music, art, a carnival, pig racing, and, of course, barbecue. Being the largest festival of its kind in the state, it attracted a significant number of visitors to the city of Lexington in 2011. The correct answer, 160,000, indicates that this festival drew a substantial crowd, making it a highly popular event in Davidson County.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Margaret Thatcher
    Explanation
    In 1983, Wayne Monk of Lexington Barbecue was invited by Ronald Reagan to supply barbecue and fixings at a White House dinner for several heads of state. The question is asking which British prime minister attended this dinner. The correct answer is Margaret Thatcher.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Shoulder
    Explanation
    North Carolina barbecue cooks prefer to put fire and smoke on the shoulder of the pig. This is a popular choice for many because the shoulder is a flavorful and tender cut of meat that is well-suited for slow cooking methods like barbecuing. The shoulder is often used to make pulled pork, a staple in North Carolina barbecue, known for its rich and smoky flavor.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. County Courthouse
    Explanation
    The correct answer is County Courthouse. The question states that the barbecue stand was located close to City Hall and another important building that now houses the Davidson County Historical Museum. Since the options provided are County Courthouse, Police Department, and Public Library, the most logical choice would be County Courthouse as it is a significant and historical building that would be likely to house a museum.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    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

    Correct Answer
    B. North Carolina Barbecue Society
    Explanation
    Jim Early, a barbecue connoisseur, traveled to all 100 counties in North Carolina in search of the perfect plate of pork. Inspired by his journey, he founded the North Carolina Barbecue Society, also known as "The Fun Tribe," dedicated to promoting and preserving the tradition of North Carolina barbecue. This organization is focused on educating people about the different styles of North Carolina barbecue and hosting events that celebrate this culinary tradition.

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