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Last night we went to Prissy Polly’s Pig Pickin’ Bar-b-que. Saturday nights are the best time to go because they have live music.

If you watch the video to the end, you will see/hear three things: (1) The singer messes up and it’s pretty funny. (2) The guy in the green at the end cracks up at the guy messing up and it’s even funnier. (3) My screaming cheer. 🙂

One of the first things I learned when I moved to NC was the difference between a cookout and bar-b-que. In Utah, we would say that we were going to “have a bar-b-que”, meaning grill burgers, chicken, hot dogs, etc. Here, you don’t have a bar-b-que, you have bar-b-que. Bar-b-que is pulled pork. [What’s pulled pork, you ask? Please see below.] A bar-b-que as I used to define it is called a “cookout” here.

For example: “I feel like bar-b-que today. Let’s go to Prissy Polly’s and get some.”

vs.

“The weather is nice; let’s have some friends over for a cookout. I’ll bring the slaw.” [slaw = coleslaw and you put it on bar-b-que. And/or hot dogs.]

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Yes, I was totally overdressed.

See pulled pork (aka bar-b-que). See the whitest bun to ever exist. See the hushpuppies. See how once in a while, I splurge on good food that isn’t necessarily good for me.IMG_1817

In North Carolina, there are two types of bar-b-que/pulled pork: Lexington and Eastern. Lexington is similar to your traditional red BBQ sauce, which I’ve never liked. Eastern is a vinegar  dressing and I love it. Prissy Polly’s is one of the few places that offers both styles. I went with Eastern with BBQ slaw. You can get BBQ slaw or sweet slaw. I still haven’t figured out the difference. The slaw comes right on your sandwich unless you specify otherwise.

Those fried rings are hushpuppies; yes, they look like onion rings. They’re not. Typically hushpuppies are formed in little balls, but Prissy Polly’s makes the best hushpuppies I’ve had since I’ve moved here so I’m not going to tell them they’re doing it wrong.

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We went with Bobby  & Liz [Bobby and I are on the same team at work] and Patrick [he was on 5th wheel picture-taking duty. Thanks Patrick!].

If you eat all this delicious, although slightly unhealthy, food, you need a little exercise to balance it out. Here’s a [much-too-short] video of a cute old man dancing to burn his calories.

He got up at nearly every fast song and did this same dance in a circle the whole time. I really want to be like him when I’m old. And I want his moves now.

Sometimes when I go to places like this in the South, I have to remind myself that this is genuine. It’s real. It’s real people living real life, out enjoying an evening of bar-b-que and bluegrass. It’s not a movie or a place trying to be quaint. It just is. And I love it.

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23 Comments

  • Reply
    Christie
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    Living in NC I should probably know this, but didn’t… now I do! Thanks! 🙂
    Being from MI, I am the same, we go to BBQ’s and eat all kinds of items, it doesn’t mean just pulled pork, which sounds amazingly good now by the way!!!
    It looks like you guys had such a fun night- lots of laughs- always the best!

    ~Christie

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I’m happy to educate you on the finer details of BBQ! 😉

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    AshlyH
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    mmmmmmm…..me hungry

    • Reply
      Teri
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      if you are hungry for hushpuppies, i’ll buy you some if you come my way 🙂

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    Ashley
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    mmm…hushpuppies….mmmm I however, do not like onion rings!!! I know..crazy =) Looks like a fun night and even though you may have been overdressed you look totally smokin!!!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I don’t really like onion rings either; the onion is always slimy! But hushpuppies…changed.my.life. 🙂

      Why thank you. 🙂

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    that old man is SO cute! i never really visited the deep south very often, but growing up in Texas is pretty similar…i gotta admit i miss it a LOT sometimes! that looks like such a fun night out 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I’m glad you think the old man is cute too; I’m such a sucker for old people. 🙂

  • Reply
    Hsedwick
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    I am so glad you clarified about that cook out thing…they do the same thing in Virginia, but it just never solidly clicked that there is a reason they don’t call it a barbeque. Also, the old man rocks the house!!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I thought it was so funny when I first learned it. And I totally say “cookout” now; I’ve been sucked in.

  • Reply
    Courtney
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    I miss PPPPBBQ!!! I hope you’ll be ready to go again soon, cause those hushpuppies are calling to me…

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I need a little recovery, but definitely soon!

  • Reply
    Tyler Ramey
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    Thank you for all the well wishes, Terri! We had a great time in Florida. We should all go together next year!!!

  • Reply
    Amy B @ Second City Randomness
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    Pulled pork is just fantastic. Always. I feel like quite a few bloggers have been hitting up the BBQ recently- making me have some serious cravings! Oh dear…

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Just give in. And then you won’t want it for a loooong time. 🙂

  • Reply
    Andrea J
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    I just tried Kombucha for the first time too, that same flavor! It wasn’t too bad, not sure how I felt about all the strands floating in it lol…but it definitely does make your insides feel better. I can’t wait to try other flavors, let me know if you try any other good ones!

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      Teri
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      I thought it smelled worse than it tasted! I saw the strands in there but didn’t even notice them when I was drinking it and kind of forgot about them by the end (thank goodness). I’ll be getting another one soon so I’ll let you know how another flavor goes down… Keep me posted on the flavors you try too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Karlee
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    It’s so good to see that you are normal and still eat unhealthy stuff occasionally!

    As I’ve spent way too much time reading some of the food blogs you have on your blogroll (love them by the way!), I’m starting to think I need give oatmeal another try…I’ve never been a big fan, but you guys all make it look so good! What’s your favorite combo to ease me into it?

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Um, yeah, I totally eat unhealthy stuff [more than just] sometimes. 🙂

      I’m so glad you like the food blog world! It’s totally addicting. My favorite oatmeal variety is cooked on the stove and then put in 1 T of peanut butter and a mashed banana and stir it all up. Maybe add a little milk if it gets too thick. And perhaps some granola on top. 🙂

      By the way, I’m not ignoring your email! I will reply soon, I promise!

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    Karlee
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    It’s definitely addicting! But it’s so awesome to see people’s different opinions and recipes!

    Thanks for your oatmeal input, I’ll definitely give that a try!

    I dont’ think you’re ignoring me….I know you’re busy, and obviously have become quite the popular blogger 🙂 I’ll be patient and wait my turn.

  • Reply
    [email protected]
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    New to your blog – anyone who posts a video of an old Southern man breakin’ it down is pretty much a new favorite.

    Also, your hair. Girl. Some people just have amazing locks. You are one of them. I have total mane envy now. I’m not sure I can go to bed knowing when I get up to shower I won’t be as cute as you.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Well Welcome! I’m so glad you loved the old Southern man dancing too. 🙂

      And stop it – you are SO nice! But let’s be honest, I only post good pictures. I have plenty of blech hair days.

      I don’t remember if I’ve commented but I recently started following your blog too!

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