Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hursey's Barbecue, Burlington & Graham, N.C.-- Part 1: The "Character" Gets It Started

From "The Best Tar Heel Barbecue: From Manteo to Murphy" by Jim Early.

On my way to Goldsboro, N.C., this past Saturday, April 30, I stopped for lunch at Hursey's Barbecue in Graham, N.C..  This was the second time I had been there.  I had also stopped by the Hursey's in Burlington, on a Sunday, but it was closed.

Both are about a mile off I-40.

Charles Hursey started the present Hursey's Barbecue in 1960, and as of the book's printing in 2002, was still on the scene, but most management today is by his two sons, Chuck and Chris, assisted by Mom Ellen and their sister Carey.

Charles Hursey's grandfather started the family into their barbecue quest.  Charles picked it up from his father, Sylvester, who is described as somewhat of a "character."  The story has it that the business started during a backyard party with some drinking and coincidental great hog cooking.


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