Summer of Cue barbecue sandwichNC Pork Summer of ‘Cue is back! Restaurants and small businesses still need support and we want to help. From Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day, gather your family and friends and finally check some of those barbecue joints off your list! Throughout your travels, post photos of you and/or your plate at at a NC barbecue restaurant and we’ll send you a reward!

  • Visit 3 restaurants to earn a #SummerofCue Sticker!
  • Visit 5 restaurants to earn a NC Pork Koozie!
  • Visit 10 restaurants to earn a NC Pork Shirt!


This way to a free rewards!

  • FOLLOW NC PORK on Facebook (NC Pork Council) and Instagram (@NCPork). For added measure, indulge your passion of NC barbecue by following @wholehogbarbecue, too.
  • EAT OUT AT LEAST THREE TIMES with either dine-in, carry-out or delivery service from any North Carolina food establishment (restaurant, food truck, mobile vendor) between Memorial Day weekend (5/28/2022) and Labor Day (9/5/2022).
  • CHOOSE PORK. Select any entrée for your meal where pork is the main ingredient. Barbecue is the obvious choice, but you can also choose a pork chop, ribs, pork belly burnt ends, shank, pork tacos, bratwurst, etc. (Heads up…brisket doesn’t count! It’s beef!)
  • TAKE A PICTURE. Take a picture of, or selfie with your pork entrée. Remember the goal is to support barbecue restaurants, so post your picture to make your friends drool and want to go eat there, too!
  • SHARE AND TAG. Share it on social media. Be sure to tag the restaurant, tag @ncpork and use the hashtag #SummerofCue to register your entry. We will share as many of these posts as possible. Again, remember that the point of the challenge is to promote the restaurants.
  • LOG YOUR VISITS TO GET YOUR REWARD. Once you’ve visited and promoted at least three restaurants, let us know! Fill out this form so we can send you your reward. NOTE: If your social media account is not public, we may need to contact you to verify your participation. On Facebook, you can make individual posts public.
  • Must be 18 years or older and promote on your own social media account. Only two t-shirts per address. NC residents only.

NOTE: Final designs and/or color may vary slightly.

Don’t have a Barbecue Bucket List? Check out some of these resources to help develop a game plan:

North Carolina Barbecue Society Historic Barbecue Trail

Our State Magazine: 25 Essential NC Barbecue Joints


With more than 450 barbecue restaurants plotted, you’ll have no problems finding a new restaurant to try. (Unfortunately, this map is no longer available.)

If you don’t want to wait for a t-shirt, you can order one from our NC Pork Store.