Chasing BBQ - BBQ Headquarters

Most Carolinians believe the term barbecue specifically applies to pork, and that beef and other proteins don’t qualify as true barbecue. While they will agree that you can enjoy “barbecued beef” or other meats “barbecued”, this doesn’t qualify as traditional barbecue. Whole hog served chopped or pulled is most common. Pair this tender meat with southern-style sides like mac and cheese and hush puppies for the perfect Carolina BBQ plate.

Carolina Whole Hog BBQ

'Cue in the Carolinas is all about pork. Typically Carolina BBQ refers to a whole hog that's been smoked and then chopped or pulled. We built a backyard cinderblock pit for our whole hog adventure and provide links to "how-to" instructions if you're up for a similar project. (View Recipe)

Carolina Chopped and Pulled Pork

If you don't have the gumption or the equipment to smoke a whole hog, you can still enjoy traditional Carolina chopped and/or pulled pork from a smoked pork shoulder. (View Recipe)

Outside Brown Pork Shoulder

Outside brown is like the burnt ends of a brisket, only in pork form. You simply trim off the outside brown bark that forms on the smoked pork shoulder, then chop it up (coarse or fine) or cube it to serve. (View Recipe)

Slow Cooker Smoky Chipotle Pulled Pork

There's so much we love about this recipe, including the easy slow cooker method, but the suggestion to serve pulled pork over baked sweet potatoes might be our favorite part. (View Recipe)

Tangy Tomato Slaw

Inspired by a Lexington, North Carolina, red BBQ slaw (typically made with ketchup, vinegar, sugar, hot sauce, and cabbage), we created our own tomato-based version that's a little less sweet and has more "add-ins" than the original. Tasters in our test kitchen called this a "Bloody Mary" slaw and suggest you could throw in any of your favorite brunch cocktail garnishes...olives, bacon, jalapeños, etc. (View Recipe)

Honey Mustard Chopped Slaw

This is a must-try if you want to switch up your usual slaw routine. Tangy and mustardy instead of creamy and mayonnaise-y, it makes a great barbecue side or sandwich topping. (View Recipe)

Carolina Hush Puppies

It's almost impossible to enjoy a Carolina style barbecue plate without hush puppies. These savory yet slightly sweet fried dough bites are reminiscent of a cornbread donut hole. They're guaranteed to get gobbled up fast, especially when paired with honey butter, so you might want to make a double batch! (View Recipe)

Pimento Cheese Mac & Cheese

Two of our favorite southern delicacies collide in this easy stovetop method for mac & cheese. Tip: Make a double batch of the pimento cheese so you can put half in the fridge and enjoy it with crackers, on sandwiches, or simply by the spoonful. It's that good! (View Recipe)

Summer Succotash

This refreshing side salad takes advantage of the summer harvest, whether from your own garden or from the farmers market. It's the perfect light addition to a rich barbecue plate. It's also portable, so it makes a great picnic dish. (View Recipe)

Bacon & Carrot Collard Greens

Whether you're building a southern barbecue menu, planning for a holiday feast, or just trying to get your family to eat more veggies, don't skip this recipe. Sweet caramalized carrots and tangy balsamic vinegar complement the hearty greens...and who doesn't love bacon? (View Recipe)

Lowcountry Pickled Shrimp

We love this refreshing and unique way to enjoy summer shrimp. Make it as an appetizer for a cheese and cracker plate or add it to a barbecue plate as a light and tangy side dish. We discovered that any leftovers are also delicious as a taco filling! (View Recipe)

Corn Pudding

This recipe is an attempt at recreating the delectable corn pudding served at 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville, North Carolina. It's sweet with just a small kick of heat and a dash of smoky flavor. It makes a delicious side for a barbecue feast or holiday meal. (View Recipe)

Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts are a traditional southern snack food found throughout North and South Carolina as well as other states across the south. They're soft and salty, and nothing like a roasted peanut. The best ones can be found at roadside stands, where they've been bubbling away for hours in huge stockpots. This is our version for making them at home. (View Recipe)

Bourbon Sweet Potato Pie

A southern dessert classic is spiked with bourbon and molasses for our take on sweet potato pie. We also add a caramelized layer of sugar & honey powder between the filling and the bottom of the pie crust, adding unique flavor and texture to each bite. (View Recipe)

Blueberry Chai Chess Pie

Also known as crack pie, this chai-inspired chess pie is super simple to prepare. The warm chai flavors pair beautifully with fresh blueberries. A great pie for tea time...or anytime, really. (View Recipe)

Eastern Carolina BBQ Sauce

This vinegar based sauce gets an extra helping of tang from mustard powder and a healthy dose of sweetness from molasses and brown sugar. It's perfect for traditional Carolina BBQ, a.k.a. chopped or pulled pork. (View Recipe)

Easy No-Cook BBQ Sauce

This is a classic barbecue sauce with a smoky, sweet, and tangy flavor. The best part is that it comes together quickly and requires no cooking! Use it in slow cooker recipes that call for BBQ sauce or for basting chicken or ribs on the grill. We also liked it as the sauce for BBQ chicken pizza! (View Recipe)

Cajun Fried Okra

A Southern BBQ menu wouldn't be complete without a side of fried okra. These addictive bites were gobbled up quickly by tasters in our test kitchen. They have a mild kick of heat from both our Cajun seasoning and Cajun hot sauce. They also have a perfectly crunchy cornmeal coating, which makes them gluten-free too! (View Recipe)

Carolina Citrus Vinaigrette

Our Charlotte, NC, store puts their regional smoky seafood seasoning to good use in this coastal Carolina inspired vinaigrette recipe. It's as delicious tossed with greens as it is drizzled over shrimp or scallops. Or use it as a dairy-free dressing for the coleslaw or potato salad you serve with barbecue feasts. (View Recipe)

Carolina Fire Starter Bourbon

Here's a great way to add a kick of heat and cinnamon to your favorite bourbon. Make a double batch for game day or a backyard barbecue. We guarantee it will disappear quickly! (View Recipe)

Apple Pie Moonshine

This front porch sipper was submitted by the creative spice merchants from our Charlotte, NC, store. Our North Carolina friends say it's best enjoyed sitting in a rocking chair. (View Recipe)

Cherry Mountain Moonshine

Featuring our Vanilla Bean Sugar and cherry extract, this is a flavorful front porch sipper named after a North Carolina mountain famous for its moonshine history. (View Recipe)