Food & Drink

NC barbecue map project goes on sale

You saw the Kickstarter campaign. Now get the map.

The Great N.C. BBQ Map, a project by Amanda Fisher and Paul Bright of Charlotte, went on sale Friday with details on 434 barbecue restaurants, 42 barbecue festivals and historical information about barbecue in America and the two styles of N.C. barbecue.

“We wanted to take the guess work out of finding barbecue,” Fisher said. “For some of these places, it’s otherwise impossible to find accurate information, or, in some cases, any at all.”

Working with Chris and Elizabeth Boyette of the Raleigh-based graphic team Good-South, the map combines a traditional road map format with infographics. It has symbols to indicate whether a restaurant cooks whole pig or parts, the cooking method and the sauce style.

The map doesn’t rate or review the restaurants, so users can decide for themselves.

Fisher and Bright raised the money to produce the map in a 30-day Kickstarter campaign, raising $10,418 from 336 backers nationwide to cover graphic design, printing and shipping.

You can order The Great NC BBQ Map online at A folded version, suitable for glove boxes, is $9.99 and a flat wall map is $24.99.

Fisher and Bright also hope to have it for sale at restaurants and shops across the state in the next few months.