Barbecuing is not grilling. These two cooking methods are very different. You grill a hot dog or hamburger. You don't barbecue them (adding sauce after cooking is not barbecuing). Grilling is applying open flame to a meat to cook it. Like pan cooking but without the pan. Barbecuing is steeping meat in sauce and then applying the smoke of an open flame and some of the heat to cook it slowly for hours till it's so tender it practically falls off the bone.
I can hear your confused cries. "But that sounds delicious! Meat so tender it falls off the bone! How can you possibly go wrong?"
I'll tell you. It's the sauce. The sauce is what makes barbecue so scary. It's also what makes barbecue so popular. There are so many different sauces. America has practically a thousand different barbecue sauces. Most of them involve scary spices such as pepper or mustard.
"But, Kayla," you say, "you have come so far! Surely a little mustard or pepper doesn't scare you anymore! This a meal where you don't even need teeth!"
You see this was not a meal I was eating in the comfort of my own home, where I could make another dinner if I didn't like this one. This was not a meal that I assembled at a fraction of the cost of what I would pay in a restaurant. I paid to take the L to this restaurant where I paid to eat food that someone else made and, if I didn't like it, I was just going to go home hungry.
Thank God I know I like cornbread and mac and cheese!
I ordered Carolina Pulled Pork. Joey said I would probably like. He's known me long enough that I trust his judgement. Also, I really like pork.
I was nervous when it was brought out to us, and not only because I would be one of those people who takes a picture of their food in a restaurant. I had gambled a lot of money on this plate. I really hoped it would good.
It was better than good! It was delicious! Carolina Pulled Pork seems to use a lot of brown sugar, and that cuts the bite of any pepper or mustard. It was super tender and delicious, and I was so glad I ordered it!
I think I can say with confidence that I enjoy Carolina barbecue. Maybe Kansas City will be next....