1780-- The Rev. Henry Evans successfully caters to the hearts of his congregants, the slaves who live in Fayetteville. Distressed by their spiritual malnourishment, Evans begins preaching to them in the woods and Sandhills.
His barbecue also wins the hearts and taste buds of his white criticizers.
1778-- Citizens in New Bern celebrate a Revolutionary War victory with a barbecued pig and barrel of rum.
Governor Tryon is noticeably absent. (Well, he had learned his lesson back in 1766 and besides, his side was losing. A Revolutionary Pig Pickin'.
1830-- Churches are the epicenter of 'cue in North Carolina. Skilton M. Dennis uses a chuckwagon, hot coals, and a pig to feed church-going crowds.
Because barbecue requires relatively minimal effort to produce a lot of meat, it's the perfect food to feed 5,000.
A Sermon and Then Some Good Food. --RoadDog