Joe Peterson of Roanoke Rapids, NC took home the crown at the 2015 Whole Hog Barbecue Championship, making him the competition’s winningest cook and only 4-time champion. What started as a hobby—cooking for the Lions Club and for his office—turned into a winning tradition that spans decades. In his first contest, Peterson recalls coming in […]

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Barbecue and Bluegrass Overpower Hurricane Joaquin

The draw of barbecue and bluegrass was too much for Hurricane Joaquin. Even the inclement weather couldn’t keep tens of thousands of people from heading to downtown Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival on October 2nd and 3rd. For the second year in a row, the NC Barbecue Experience joined […]


Whole Hog Championship Winners Announced

RALEIGH, NC—Twenty-six cooks arrived in Raleigh Friday afternoon with hopes of winning the 2015 Whole Hog Barbecue Championship, but only one walked away with the trophy and bragging rights. After an overnight cook-off and extensive judging, Joe Peterson of Roanoke Rapids earned an unprecedented fourth title. As the Raleigh Christmas Parade concluded, Peterson was named […]