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Pete Jones BBQ heads for New York

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  • Jewelle Baker
    Hello Group.... We ve had many a discussion re: Pete Jones Barbecue and the SkyLight Inn in the past so the below is a follow-up . Pete s family is carrying
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 10, 2009
      Hello Group....
      We've had many a discussion re: Pete Jones Barbecue and the SkyLight Inn in the past so the below
      is a "follow-up". Pete's family is carrying on his BBQ tradition.
      Ayden's Skylight Inn in the spotlight once again
      By Jane Welborn Hudson
      The Daily Reflector

      Wednesday, June 10, 2009
      The spotlight is once again on Ayden's Skylight Inn barbecue restaurant. The Pitt County purveyor of pig, East Carolina-style, will hit the big time in the Big Apple this weekend as part of a popular festival that celebrates roasted pork.

      A short documentary film about the local restaurant, titled �Leave It to Cleaver: The Story of North Carolina's Skylight Inn BBQ,� is scheduled to be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday as part of New York's seventh annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. According to the Web site, bigapplebbq.org, the film �showcases the Jones family of Ayden, N.C., whose restaurant The Skylight Inn carries on a family tradition of whole hog barbecue that has continued in an unbroken line since the 1830s.�

      The film was created by filmmaker Joe York and the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi.

      Samuel Jones, the grandson of the restaurant's founder who operates the Skylight Inn with his father, Bruce Jones, and uncle, Jeff Jones, said York spent four days with them, filming their every movement from dawn until dusk.

      �He got up with us and went to work with us and covered every aspect,� Jones said. �He did interviews with my dad and Uncle Jeff and me and captured the history of the business and what it means to our family.�

      Jones said he will attend the film screening at the festival and also will serve as a commentator for the panel discussion titled �East of Raleigh: America's Original Barbecue.� According to the Web site, the panel will include John and Dale Reed and John T. Edge, who have written books about barbecue. �In eastern North Carolina, barbecue is characterized by whole-hog cooking and vinegar-and-pepper sauces,� the Web site states. The panelists will �discuss the origins of that barbecue style showing it was established by the early 19th century, not just in eastern North Carolina but throughout the United States. The rise of barbecue stands and the spread of bottled ketchup from 1876 on may have changed the 'cue landscape across the country �?� but tradition remains east of Raleigh, and in scattered outposts all over the nation.�

      The Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, held over two days in Madison Square Park, also includes samplings and cooking demonstrations.

      The Skylight Inn is at 1501 Lee St. in Ayden.N.C. Call 252-746-4113.

      To our members who live in the New York area and attend...... please give us your personal report!
      Mmmmmmm... their cornbread is THE best, also!!!

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