’Cue is our state’s signature sustenance, but with two distinct styles — eastern and Lexington — that’s typically where our agreement ends. Luckily, no matter which side of this delicious rivalry you fall on, barbecue is a food that brings people together.
Dr. Dana Hanson, the NC State Extension meat science specialist, loves barbecue and is fascinated by its rich history in North Carolina. With two iconic — and delicious — styles, ’cue inspires strong feelings in North Carolinians, but in an era when disagreements can turn toxic, barbecue is a conversation starter where, yes, we can agree to disagree. Still — don’t expect Hanson to fess up to a favorite.
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