NC BBQ Revival Celebrates the Whole Hog

NC BBQ Revival Celebrates the Whole Hog

This three-day festival celebrates one of North Carolina's famous dishes


Hosted by Picnic restaurant and partner Green Button Farm, NC BBQ Revival – a three-day barbecue food festival – supports the Triangle Land Conservancy and features educational opportunities and dining experiences galore, culminating with a “BBQ Church” symposium and pig pickin’ on Sunday.

Photo by Briana Brough.
Photo by Briana Brough.

The festival kicks off at 6pm on Friday, October 28, with a five-course private champagne-paired dinner at Green Button Farm. In the company of five of the country’s best pitmasters, ticket holders will have the chance to dine on cuisine served up by chef Ben Adams and guest chef Justin Burdett from Asheville’s Local Provisions. Purchase your tickets quickly as seating is limited for this intimate event. (Interested in winning tickets to Saturday’s oyster roast and progressive farm dinner with pitmasters? Share this post and tag us on Twitter or Facebook to enter a giveaway! The deadline for entry is midnight Wednesday, Oct. 26.)

On Saturday, start your morning with pastry chef Phoebe Lawless from Scratch Bakery for a Southern pie-baking class. Indulge in bites of sweet and savory pies while you sip on Counter Culture coffee. If you’re looking to jump right into the core of N.C. barbecue, join chef Steve Goff of Brine Haus for a lesson in head-to-tail butchery. Munch on ham biscuits and wash them down with that Counter Culture coffee to keep you satisfied before lunch.

N.C. barbecue is all about the pork, but the right sides are needed to accent any tangy entrée. Lunchtime on the farm will feature an all-vegetable feast of Southern sides presented James Beard award nominee Elliott Moss, who will introduce his recently released cookbook, “Buxton Hall Barbecue’s Book of Smoke.” Goat Lady Dairy’s cheese and La Farm Bakery breads will round out the meal, completed with dessert by Piedmont’s chef John May. Wine Authorities will provide purposefully paired wines alongside this vegetable-centric meal.

After filling up on savory sides, head to one of the afternoon sessions: From readying the hogs for Sunday’s pig pickin’ with a cold brew from Ponysaurus or Fullsteam to listening to stories about this old Southern tradition, fill up on the deep history of N.C. barbecue. Additionally, The Crunkleton’s owner and bartender Gary Crunkleton will teach participants how to better understand the merits of bourbon and follows up the lesson with a tasting of the spirit. Ever wondered how a sustainable farm is run? Green Button Farm owner Ryan Butler partners with Triangle Land Conservancy to lead a walk around his land explaining how his family protects this local farm.

Once the hogs are smoking, it’s time to celebrate with a traditional oyster roast. Locals Seafood and Saltbox Seafood Joint will serve up shucked oysters, Picnic’s Hurricane Matthew Fish Stew and other appetizing bites to begin the night. Head up to the pasture for a decadent feast with some of the nation’s top pitmasters and regional chefs – Billy Cotter from Dashi, Mike Furguson from Gan Shan Station and John May from Piedmont. Then round out the experience with bluegrass music from Clockwise String Band in the barn and s’mores by the fire, thanks to Picnic and Videri Chocolate.

When Sunday arrives, prepare yourself for the weekend’s culminating event by attending the BBQ Church, a service that pays tribute to the “Barbecue Man,” through debate and discussion of the whole hog. Next up is to what all you barbecue connoisseurs should look forward to: the pig pickin’ and picnic. Hosted by Picnic, join local chefs as the community comes together to share in this time-honored meal that includes delicious sides and desserts. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the sounds of bluegrass music, take part in a pie auction and pick a spot on the trailer for a hay ride. With wines and a beer garden provided by local vendors, the event will also feature a wide variety sips to delight in along with all that delectable barbecue.

Purchase tickets for any of the sessions or events mentioned as part of the the NC BBQ Revival on their website. Want to hear more? Follow the NC BBQ Revival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @NCBBQRevival.