BBQ Battle With NC Chefs, Will Face Off On The "Today" Show

Two popular barbecue cooks in the Carolinas are competing on national television.

The cookoff between Charleston caterer Jimmy Hagood and Ed Mitchell of The Pit restaurant in Raleigh is scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" show on Monday.

Mitchell tells the Charlotte Observer he will be cooking a whole hog at 450 degrees, departing from most professional chefs who prefer barbecue cooked below 225 degrees. Hagood will cook whole shoulders over charcoal and pecan wood at 210 degrees.

Both cooks use dipping sauces.

Mitchell uses an eastern North Carolina vinegar and red pepper sauce, and Hagood will serve three different sauces -- a vinegar, a tomato and a mustard.

The chefs are friends who have cooked the last two years at a benefit event for Madison Square Park in New York City.


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  • by LaToya Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    The best BBQ is found in Durham at a restaurant called Backyard BBQ out on Hwy54..going towards Apex...Give them a try...you won't regret it!!!
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    The best barbecue that I have ever eaten was in Montana!
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Jun 24, 2008 at 03:56 PM
    To Kevin..."Gut hanging over pants". That is called a "Furniture Body". That is when your "chest" falls into your "drawers".
  • by Jimmy Location: Virginia on Jun 24, 2008 at 02:04 PM
    I watched the show and was rooting for the N.C. guy. I just wonder if his tasted like Pete Jones BBQ whom I always thought was the best. I have eaten BBQ from different regions of the country but Eastern N.C. BBQ was the best.
  • by Bill Joe Pruett Location: East Lake on Jun 24, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Same old, same old ... it's the "our way is best and everyone else's way is wrong" mantra that keeps the population of the world at odds ... the most immature and juvenile attitude of all: "Mine is better because it's mine!" Me, me, me ... just like a bunch of kids. Some folks never grow up. Only insecurity could make people so obnoxious about what's "best."
  • by Sandra Outlaw Location: Millennium on Jun 24, 2008 at 03:32 AM
    Is it any surprise to anybody that NC won? Certainly wasn't to me! I call him the 2nd St. Pete, Pete Jones. That's definitely gonna be the other "soul food" of Heaven and I plan to ask for a big plate of it!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 23, 2008 at 09:23 PM
    Thank you Agrees w/ Chris. It makes me cry when I see sweet barbeque. I have tried barbeque in Charlotte. I sent it back and went hungry after one bite. And yes at least some of us know how to appreciate the finer things in life.
  • by By the way Location: ec on Jun 23, 2008 at 08:42 PM
    dave by using the word "too" you and Cactus were both educated in ENC.
  • by hambone Location: nc on Jun 23, 2008 at 07:32 PM
    Marie, I think my father cooked the best, like your late husband. Dads took about 8 hours or more. I have seen him dig a pit in the ground under the tobacco barn shelter just for cooking, used hicory wood for cooking coals and grading sticks to support the pig. That was long ago. You just don't find this type of cooking any more. Between the two they would be great.
  • by Marie Location: Kinston on Jun 23, 2008 at 07:10 PM
    Nobody could cook bbq like my late husband. He cooked it on a homemade cooker with wood....mmm good!
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