“[Author and blogger Joe] Haynes asserts that the popular North Carolina style is the result of a culinary crime, noting in [“Virginia Barbecue: A History”] that, among other things, ‘When settlers first moved into what is today North Carolina, it was known at that time as Virginia’s Southern Plantation.’
“In person, Haynes is more direct: ‘North Carolina kidnapped Virginia barbecue.’ “
— From “Where did barbecue begin? Virginia, he says” by Jim Shahin in the Washington Post (Aug. 28)
Curiously, Haynes’s book neglects to mention uber Virginian William Byrd’s backhanded acknowledgement of North Carolina’s barbecue primacy.