Why not add a little class to your next BBQ sandwich with a great glass of wine? If you think wine and bar food don’t belong together – think again! North Carolina vinegar-based BBQ requires a more subtle wine pairing than it’s Kansas City counterpart. One of my favorite, unconventional pairings with a pulled-pork sandwich piled high with cole slaw is an off-dry Riesling. Yes, you read that right! Think about it for a moment. What is one of the all-time favorite drinks in the south? Sweet tea. The off-dry Riesling acts as a slightly sweet balance to the vinegar and touch of spice in the BBQ. The piercing acidity in the Riesling mirrors the mouthwatering vinegar notes in the barbecue.
This pairing was discovered last summer when I was challenged by Doughties Barbecue to find the perfect pairing for a wine festival. This was hands-down the surprise hit of the day! People were coming back to me for more of this delicious pairing. Doughtie’s delivers to your door, so why not place an order of their delicious barbecue and grab a bottle of Riesling for a super easy meal. Check it for yourself and find out what all the fuss is about!
Recommended Producers (Under $15)
- High-Def Riesling, Mosel, Germany (SRP: $12)
- Doctor Loosen “Dr” L Riesling, Mosel, Germany (SRP: $13)
- Kung Fu Girl Riesling, Columbia Valley, Washington, USA (SRP: $14)