BBQ Battle on the Today Show this morning
Carolinas barbecue chefs take meat to "Today" show
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two popular barbecue cooks in the
Carolinas are competing on national television.
The cookoff between Charleston caterer Jimmy Hagood and Ed
Mitchell of The Pit restaurant in Raleigh is scheduled to appear
on NBC's "Today" show on Monday.
Mitchell tells the Charlotte Observer he will be cooking a
whole hog at 450 degrees, departing from most professional chefs
who prefer barbecue cooked below 225 degrees. Hagood will cook
whole shoulders over charcoal and pecan wood at 210 degrees.
Both cooks use dipping sauces. Mitchell uses an eastern
North Carolina vinegar and red pepper sauce, and Hagood will
serve three different sauces - a vinegar, a tomato and a mustard.
The chefs are friends who have cooked the last two years at
a benefit event for Madison Square Park in New York City.
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