I started following Kevin Pang on Twitter after his first BBQ Road Trip in February of this year. Going on a road trip that focused solely on checking out BBQ Joints in a specific region is one of my goals in life (especially as a BBQ addict), so anyone that was taking a trip like this was definitely worth a further investigation. Turns out the traveler was just as interesting as the trip. Kevin is the dining reporter for the Chicago Tribune and named “The Cheap Eater” columnist in April 2010. “Each week he tries to find great food in the city without breaking the bank.” Keith Claxton, who is a designer and editor at the Tribune, was his side kick for this journey (and he appears to be the main driver on this new one so he deserves extra kudos).
You can see their current trip in all it’s graphical, picturesque, and video glory as it progresses here, but I figured I would assist in giving links and maps for the BBQ joints they cover (updating often) so that you too can stop at these joints (and maybe along the way find different ones that they missed).
They began their trip on Saturday October 2nd heading south and east from Chicago in a Chevy Malibu. They made a few ‘not’ BBQ stops, but since most BBQ lovers are fans of food in general, I’ve given links and maps to those locations too.
DAY – 1
Link to the joint: Camp Washington Chili – Cincinnati, OH
Link to the joint: J.J. McBrewster’s – Lexington, KY
DAY – 2
Link to the joint: Laughing Seed Cafe – Asheville, NC
Link to the joint: Bridges Barbecue Lodge – Shelby, NC
Link to the joint: Richard’s Bar-B-Que – Salisbury, NC
Link to the joint: Carolina Bar-B-Que – Statesville, NC
Link to the joint: Lexington Barbecue – Lexington, NC
Link to the joint: The Bar-B-Que Center – Lexington, NC
DAY – 3
Link to the joint: Allen & Son Bar-B-Que – Chapel Hill, NC
Link to the joint: The Pit – Raleigh, NC
Link to the joint: The Skylight Inn – Ayden, NC
Link to the joint: Wilber’s Barbecue – Goldsboro, NC
They really are doing a cool job promoting their trip (you should check out their archive page for sure). All of the photos are crisp and the videos are shot in HD. Even if you don’t like BBQ you’ll enjoy taking part in the journey.