Skip to main content

State Cooking Tour 29: North Carolina

North Carolina is known for their own version of BBQ. It more of a tangy/sour flavor than the BBQ we are used to down in Oklahoma, where our BBQ is definitely more smokey/sweet. The strong flavor of vinegar is the main difference! I've always been interested in making it so I was excited when we saw the Tar Heel State would be our next "stop"! 

This recipe was super duper spicy, so if you make it I highly recommend cutting back on some of the the pepper spices it calls for. My boys could barely eat it! I had lost my sense of taste due to Covid so I truly have no real bearing on how this challenge turned out, but my husband said everything was delicious! 

Oh, and you can't have Carolina BBQ without hushpuppies, apparently. No complaints here! 



  • 1 (5 pound) bone-in pork shoulder roast 
  • 1 tablespoon salt 

  • ground black pepper 
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot pepper sauce (We used Texas Pete, it's made in NC!)
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (Do not add this much!)
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes (Do not add this much!)
Place the pork shoulder into a slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour the vinegar around the pork. Cover, and cook on Low for 12 hours. Pork should easily pull apart into strands.
For the hushpuppies, I grabbed some out of the frozen section of the grocery store and fried them up for a few minutes. They turned out perfect and it was a quick and easy side. I love the idea of hushpuppies with BBQ and feel like OK needs to get on board with that tradition. 


Now on to dessert!

Sweet Potato Pie is the official state dessert for NC and it happens to be my husbands very favorite pie. I'm not a huge fan, but I will say, it was tasty! It's very similar to pumpkin and I think knowing it was made from sweet potatoes is what freaked me out. But if you love sweet potatoes, you will love this pie.


  • 1 (1 pound) sweet potato 
  • ½ cup butter, softened 
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • ½ cup milk 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust 
Boil sweet potato whole in skin for 40 to 50 minutes, or until done. Run cold water over the sweet potato, and remove the skin.
Break apart sweet potato in a bowl. Add butter, and mix well with mixer. Stir in sugar, milk, eggs, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into an unbaked pie crust.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Pie will puff up like a souffle, and then will sink down as it cools.

We couldn't have our state meal without enjoying another North Carolina favorite - Cheerwine!


Another state is behind us and onward we go! Be sure and let me know if you make any of the recipes I've posted for this state cooking tour - I LOVE hearing about it!

Until next time....
I am a modern day homemaker with a passion for family, cooking, celebrating, decorating, travel, and memory making! The Lord has blessed me with the desires of my heart in my husband and our two sons. We recently built our dream home and cultivating a loving and happy haven for my family is where I find so much joy.


  1. Here is how I got my FICO score to 785 from as low as 430, due to my diabetic condition I got a setback on my payments owing to medical bills, my world started falling apart because I wanted to rent a home and take out some loans and I couldn’t. I kept looking for someone who could help fix my credit to no avail, until May this year when I met Hack West through a friend whom they had worked for. They boosted my credit in 9 days and restored my dignity. I was able to get a loan and pay for a home. You can contact them via HACKWEST@WRITEME.COM or Whatsapp:+1 424 307 2638.

  2. Having a messy credit is definitely one of the biggest financial problem one can have, I needed a loan to get a car so has boost my bad financial condition but this wasn't approved on several occasions because of my credit score made a dip after my divorce to 486, after several failed attempts of fixing my credit my sister linked me to a credit genius who didn't just remove the eviction from my credit report but raised my score to 802. Having similar issues? Email JEFFCLOUDCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM or text (740) 214-6282

  3. After my marriage 3 months ago, I applied for a home loan, so that I and my wife could move to a better apartment, but I got a negative reply, which I was told was as a result of my credit score. When I pulled my score it was below average. I had $12,000 student loan, some credit card debt, charge-off and an eviction. SKYLINK CYBER SERVICES helped me erase all the above negative reports and boosted my score to excellent in less than 12 days. I’m recommending them to any person in need of credit assistance. Contact them via EMAIL:

  4. I encountered challenges of getting a new home because of awful financial records, I entered a credit repair deal with JEFFCLOUD CREDIT SOLUTION, the extraordinary joy is that he got my credit fixed in 5days. He removed all hard inquiries, collections; bankruptcy, credit card debts and loan have been fixed. Today I have a place to call my home and my credit score boosted from 518 to 798. Reach him @JEFFCLOUDCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM/ (740) 214-6282

  5. I strongly recommend the immense service of JEFFCLOUD CREDIT SOLUTION, He improved on my FICO ratings from 565 to 802 in 7days across all the 3 credit bureaus, eliminated all negative items and cleaned up my credit report. Contact them via JEFFCLOUDCREDITSOLUTION@GMAIL.COM/ Text +1 (740) 214-6282


  6. I am excited I reached out to HACKWEST AT WRITEME DOT COM, I was ripe with credit issues due to identity theft breach from July 2022 and I needed to buy a home. I have not been able to recover from my pre-credit score after the identity thief bought some stuff using my information which messed my credit score up. But I am glad Hack West handled everything perfectly and fixed my score, erased those debts and increased my score back to 800 average on the 3 credit bureaus. I now have my house and high limit credit cards. So if you have anyone with similar issues I strongly recommend Hack West and thank me later..


Post a Comment

May the Lord bless you and keep you safe today! Thanks for the comment, friends! :)