There is a rule in choosin’ a BBQ joint, “if it’s too pretty, keep walkin.'” BBQ joints, especially North Carolina BBQ joints, should have soot covered walls, tables oiled to perfection from sticky fingers, and crumpled paper napkins spilling out of the trash pail. Gritty. That’s how I describe the best BBQ joints around and Clyde Cooper’s is high on the list. Nestled between glassy skyscrapers and an empty lot, Coopers is blast from the past on the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina.
This weekend, for its maiden voyage, the Travel Mug made its way south.
Next time you are in Raleigh cop-a-squat on a stool and order up some pull pork and greens.