NORTH CAROLINA IS THE BARBECUE CAPITAL OF THE NATION
from Jim Early, Founder & CEO
When I founded NCBS in mid 2006, I had big dreams and goals for The Society. One goal was to promote North Carolina as “the Cradle of Cue." We have done and continue to do that. In the past four (4) years The Society and The NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail have been featured in over one hundred (100) major newspapers and over fifty (50) magazines in the USA and Europe. NCBS is The Voice of Tar Heel Barbecue. We have conducted a number of successful NCBS BBQ Boot Camps and NCBS Certified BBQ Judge Classes across the State. We have awarded more than fifty (50) scholarships to our NCBS BBQ Boot Camps. Bill Eason (NCBS VP and Board Member) and I have conducted whole hog cooking classes up and down the east coast to acquaint people with the wonderful barbecue that we North Carolinians sometimes take for granted.
With the help of Web Masters Steve McCulloch and Curtis White we have a classic website with robust traffic. NCBS is #1 with Google if one spells barbecue “barbecue." We average over 100 thousand hits per month on our website and 25% of these clicks are “new eyes." We have added three new links to our website this month: The Fun Tribe, NCBS Members Forum and NCBS Photo Gallery. We expect our hits to double and triple in the coming months. We have added Facebook and Twitter to our web presence as well.
We are pleased to share that Google has been tracking food and drink trends across the nation and this week according to Google “North Carolina is the barbecue capital of the nation."
Our Mission Statement has always been “to preserve North Carolina’s barbecue history and culture and to secure North Carolina’s rightful place as the Barbecue Capital of the World”. This recent survey by Google takes NCBS to the cusp of our goal to be THE BARBECUE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.
For all of our members, sponsors, friends, food writers, Web Masters, Board Members, Officers, Staff and those who appreciate NC BBQ and had a part in reaching this goal---THANK YOU!
Founder & CEO NCBS