Every fall for the past 21 years I have released an exclusive report on the swine industry called Pork Powerhouses. It includes a ranking of the largest 25 pork producers in the U.S. To celebrate the release of the report I flew to North Carolina and ate a tray of barbeque.
Actually, Bob and I were visiting our oldest son, Nowlan and his wife, Daniella. Here are some photos.
The pulled pork (bottom center) at The Smoke Pit in Concord, NC, was the best I've ever had. Also included on the tray are fried okra, mac and cheese, cornbread, cole slaw, ribs, chicken, and brisket.
We enjoyed a lively discussion of agriculture and genomics with pork industry guru Randy Stoecker (center).
Nowlan (with Daniella, right) showed us around his research campus in Kannapolis, NC.
Nowlan has a National Science Foundation grant to study the modulation of alternative splicing by methylation in salt-stressed rice.
Nowlan and Bob visited The Intimidator, a likeness of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who was born in Kannapolis.
We toured the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte because it seemed appropriate for a trip to the area. It was great fun, and I recommend the museum. Here Bob, Daniella, and Nowlan are practicing their driving skills. Next, we all got in race cars and raced (with simulators). It seemed quite real when I crashed into the wall.
There was even a car in the gift shop that tied back nicely to my Pork Powerhouses report.