1996-- Barbecue scholar Bob Garner publishes his first book, "North Carolina Barbecue: Flavored by Time." Since then, he has published three more barbecue guides.
2006-- Birth of the North Carolina Barbecue Society. The group creates the Historic Barbecue Trail, a winding route through vinyl restaurant booths and small towns from the mountains to the coast.
2010-- The Guinness World Record for the "World's Largest Open Sandwich" is set by Moore's Olde Tyme Barbecue in New Bern. At 1,336 pounds this barbecue sandwich is twice as heavy as a grand piano. The record has since been broken.
I sure would have liked to have seen, better yet, eaten some of this behemoth.
2014-- Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright, two Charlotte-based authors, create the first comprehensive map of barbecue in North Carolina. "The Great NC Barbecue Map" helps 'cue lovers navigate to 434 restaurants and 42 festivals.
Barbecue, It Is A Real Big Deal in N.C.. --RoadDog