A thousand thanks of Denny Culbert. In November of 2011, we set out for the chilly climes of eastern North Carolina hardly knowing each other. We have since worked on many stories together—first as writer and photographer, then as co-creators and conspirators, and now as very best buds. His photos of barbecue and other things litter these pages. Hire him. His website is here:







Thank you to those who carried me along the whole-hog trail:

Scott's-Parker's Barbecue, Lexington, TN

Siler's Old Time BBQ, Henderson, TN

Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, Nashville, TN

Peg Leg Porker, Nashville, TN

Skylight Inn, Ayden, NC

Sam Jones BBQ, Greenville/Winterville, NC

Bum's Restaurant, Ayden, NC

Wilber's Barbecue, Goldsboro, NC

Grady's Barbecue, Dudley, NC

Fuller's Old Fashioned Bar-B-Q, Lumberton, NC

Sid's Catering, Beulaville, NC

Jackie Hite's Bar-B-Q, Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Sweatman's Bar-B-Que, Holly Hill, SC

Scott's Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, SC

Scott's Bar-B-Que, Hell's Half Acre, SC

Buxton Hall Barbecue, Asheville, SC

Lamar Lounge, Oxford, MS

Arrogant Swine, Bushwick, NY

Big thanks to: Amy Evans, John T. Edge, Lolis Eric Elie, Brett Martin, Tim Wojcik, Daniel Greenberg, Matthew Benjamin & the Touchstone Team, Katie Culbert

Those who fed me, bed me, and read me: Rachel Arons, Barney Atkinson, Jami Attenberg, Harry Barton, Wes Berry, Bradley Black, Sean Brock, Ashley Christensen, Howard Conyers, Kimberly Corbett, Wayne Curtis, Jennifer Cole, Shome Dasgupta, Burton Durand, Elizabeth Engelhardt, Chloe & Tommy Fertel, Matt Fertel & Alexandra Castillo-Kesper, Owen Fertel, Randy Fertel, Melissa Hall, Kira Henehan, Vivian Howard & Ben Knight, Dorothy & Tom Howorth, Pableaux Johnson, Sarah Jones, Nathalie Jordi, Julie & Bill Knox, Blair Langlinais, Mary Beth Lasseter, Dan Levine, Ted Maclin, Sarah Malphrus, Terri Martin, Phil McCausland, Dean McCord & Family, Allston McCrady, Dave Mezz, Sara Camp Arnold Milam,  Robert Moss, Ted O’Brien, Stacey Ornstein & David Turner, Nicholas Pihakis, Nick Pihakis, Kathleen Purvis, Simone Reggie, Sara Roahen, Drew Robinson, Matt Sartwell, Michael Shemtov, David Shields, Andy Smith, Randy Sparks, Bobby Ticknor, Michael Twitty, Daniel Vaughn, Jim Veteto, Dale Volberg & John Shelton Reed, Allie Wall, Robb Walsh, Nach Waxman, Maggy & Chris Wheeler, Maggie White, Sara Wood, and Joe York

A special shout-out to my Memphis families: the Colemans and the Travi, especially Jay Coleman and Elizabet Travis, and Jonathan Large

My parents: Rosemary Parisi and Danny Northcutt

And Susie.