Having traveled twice a year for I don’t know how many years to High Point, North Carolina I have a strong affinity towards Carolina barbecue; especially “Lexington” barbecue.
Here’s a great piece by Jan Warston the iconic Hill’s Lexington Barbecue in Winston-Salem.
Photo courtesy of Jan Wharton
“When Joe and Edna Hill moved to Winston-Salem in 1947, people were driving to Lexington to get barbecue. Lexington was the Hills’ hometown, so they decided to bring Lexington-style barbecue to Winston-Salem.
In 1951, the couple opened Hill’s Lexington Barbecue on Patterson Avenue just north of the city limits. Eventually their son, Gene, and his wife, Sue, came to Winston to help with the restaurant.
The restaurant recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, and now a third generation of the family helps to run the business. J.R. “Slugger” Hill, Gene and Sue’s son, manages the restaurant and Sharon Schroderbek, one of their four daughters, keeps the books. “We are still family-owned and run,” Sue Hill said.
Hill’s Lexington Barbecue’s sauce is thin and red, with a “sweet and sour tang.” Customers as far away as Statesville take the sauce home by the pint or more. The restaurant’s sauce was recently selected as the best in North Carolina by an online magazine for Toyota owners.
Pork shoulders are pit-cooked each day over mostly hickory hardwood. The meat is then cut to order, either chopped, blocked, or sliced, on a well-worn chopping block and sauced in the restaurant’s kitchen.”
Read the rest of the piece from the Winston-Salem journal HERE
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