Last night I finally got to try a pulled pork sandwich. It’s a North Carolina speciality, and it’s delicious, but my portion was big enough for two. I ate it all though. It’s made of shredded barbecued, smoked pork that has previously been rubbed with spices, and then treated with a vinegar sauce after pulling.
I washed this down with two local ales. The Carolina Brewing Company Carolina Pale Ale (nice, fresh and hoppy, with good balance), and the Big Boss Brewing Company Angry Angel (like a lager with some flavour, a Kolsch style beer – I’d tried their Hell’s Belle Belgian style beer on my previous trip here).
And I also drunk some of the bottle of wine that I’d bought in the airport. It’s the Vidal Pinot Noir 2009 Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. This is from a single vineyard (Keltern) in the Maraekakaho sub region of Hawkes Bay, which isn’t really known as a Pinot Noir region. This is a nice wine, with lots of fruit and some spicy dark cherry and blackberry character that reminds me a bit of cool climate Syrah. Great for the price, but not your usual Kiwi Pinot Noir – much bigger in size.