favorite north carolina regional foods

Southern Cooking: Wilmington’s Favorite Iconic North Carolina Foods

Pig Pickin’

This is both an activity and a food. Pig Pickin’ is North Carolina barbeque, where a whole hog is roasted over a grill and eaten with vinegar-based sauce. The eastern North Carolina sauce is a combination of apple cider vinegar, apple juice or white grape juice, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. More or less. It is definitely not a thick, tomato-based sauce, so don’t even go there if you’re talking favorite North Carolina foods.

Read Fanny Slater’s “Cue the Smoke,” for a breakdown of how North Carolina does BBQ, and how everyone else does barbecue.

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