A musical pig at the Bar-B-Q Center.

Lexington has fully embraced its reputation as the capitol of North Carolina's strong barbecue scene.

(Travis Dove for Our State Magazine)

The February 2016 Issue

The Barbecue Issue

Barbecue 101: A primer on the perfect smoke, pig, sauce, and sides.

A Brief History of Barbecue: The first 600 years.

Legacy and little change at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby.

The Pitmaster of Pitt County: Sam Jones BBQ upholds a family legacy with a spin on Skylight Inn.

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Weekend Events in North Carolina: February 5-7

Your guide to events happening across the state this weekend.

North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

Running on Full: The North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

A guide to eating your way through the 23 places on the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail.

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Weekend Events in North Carolina: January 29-31

Your guide to events happening across the state this weekend.


Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Charlotte’s Nonprofit Culinary School Tackles Joblessness

In Charlotte, at a culinary school with its own café, chefs pass on their knowledge, and students get a taste of real-world restaurant work.

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Chocolate Banana Pudding

Need we say more?

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Chocolate Bread Pudding

A sweet solution for leftover bread, and the very definition of “comfort food.”

NC Culture


Making Amends With Our Red Fox

Sly? Yes. Reclusive? Definitely. But a carpetbagger? Hardly.

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Merci Train Boxcar Symbolizes French-American Ties

Following World War II, in recognition of American postwar relief efforts, the people of France sent over boxcars filled with gifts to say “thank you.”


Records of the Moravians Conserved in Raleigh

The living history of North Carolina’s Moravians still resides in Old Salem, but for a taste of the stories behind the history, head east to the D.H. Hill Library.