Jim Early thinks North Carolina hasn't done enough to show its love for barbecue.
So the Winston-Salem man formed the N-C Barbecue Society. The group's goal is to promote all styles, cooking methods and regions.
The rolls of the organization include names like Maya Angelou and Bob Timberlake. Early says in the past the state has bowed to other barbecue hot spots like Memphis and Kansas City. He's established a historic barbecue trail that promotes 25 restaurants.
He plans additional barbecue festivals and wants to produce documentaries on the Tar Heel cuisine.