The Barbecue: A Pig-Pickin' Good Time -- Collegiate sports and barbecue are things that elicit huge emotion within North Carolina, and when it comes to barbecue, everyone in the state seems to have a strong opinion. Dyed-in-the-wool Tarheels claim they can, blindfolded, tell where they are within their state based on the degree of spiciness of their respective barbecues. Here's a brief primer on what local residents expect when it comes to their favorite football food. Eastern North Carolina, site of the first settlers' landing, and presumably where food-preparation techniques are the most closely tied to Elizabethan England, seasons its barbecue only with salt, pepper, and vinegar. The farther west you head within the state, the darker, redder, and smokier the barbecue becomes.

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