Carolina BBQ – Two Ways

North_Carolina_MapWhen BBQ afficionados recall their favorite kind of BBQ, its name usually is tied to its place of origin: KC-style, Memphis-style, St. Louis-style, Texas-style.

But when talking about the beloved Carolina barbecue, you have to clarify which of the two distinct styles. No, it’s not North Carolina (where the Carolina Panthers, playing in this week’s Super Bowl, are based) vs. South Carolina.

Carolina BBQ comes in two distinct types of barbecue that have developed over the last few hundred years: Lexington style and Eastern style. Both kinds are pork-based barbecues but differ in the cuts of pork used and the sauces they are served with.