Sometimes you just want a barbeque: A whole hog chopped up into small bits of goodness and seasoned with pepper and vinegar. Maybe a little smokiness in the taste. When that happens to me – and I’m not anywhere Lexington or Greenville, NC – I go to Kroger’s, buy a package of Doughtie’s BBQ and I’m in business. Doughtie’s is easily the best packaged barbeque of all.
Surprisingly, Doughtie’s does not come from the Carolinas, but rather Portsmouth, VA, which is about as close as you can get to the North Carolina without getting tar on your heels.
Doughtie’s got its kick start in 1952 when Robert F. Doughtie processed and packaged his secret recipe BBQ and went on the road to hawk his finished product. It was a can’t-miss success and by 1982, Doughtie was selling in excess of 7 million pounds of “Q”.
This week I developed a severe case of BBQ fever, bought a pound of Doughtie’s for $5.99, which will make 4 big, fat BBQ sandwiches. It’s pretty good right out of the package, but I like to add a ½ C of vinegar and some salt and pepper and let it simmer in a frying pan for 15 or 20 minutes. Serve it piping hot and you think you have just squeezed into a booth at Lexington BBQ, and they delivered your order. It’s that good.
I’ve tried most all the other packaged BBQ brands and the only one worth buying is Doughtie’s. Try some and I think you’ll agree.