BBQ Fish--Does it exist?
Has anyone ever heard of BBQ fish? Doesn't matter if it's dry-rubbed, wet, sweet or whatever. We're driving from Baltimore to Atlantic Beach and are wondering:
a. Does BBQ fish exist?
b. If so, is there anywhere in eastern VA or NC that makes it?
(Thanks in advance)
If you're in NC, definitely not. BBQ is a noun, not a verb, and it refers to pork cooked low and slow over wood (sometimes charcoal or gas) and seasoned with a sauce that varies between regions. You will find BBQ shrimp in New Orleans which are large heads-on shrimp cooked in a spicy butter sauce. But low and slow is not how you want to cook fish. Some BBQ joints do serve fried fish and other seafood, though.
Smoked fish probably doesn't qualify as "bbq" fish.
Once you get to AB, ask around to some of the locals if they know anywhere you can get some "charcoal mullet". It's made from jumping mullet (which most folks consider bait). The "downeast" portion of Carteret County eat a large amount of jumping mullet...and they are deeevine.
Charcoal mullet...if you're lucky enough to find some...is a treat for real.
To get some you might just have to be invited over to someone's house as I've never seen it in any restaurant (not even in mine when I lived in the downeast community of Harkers Island).
Best of luck!
Oddly, there is a place in Chicago called Calumet Fisheries that exists to do what you're looking for.
In NC, other than the BBQ Joint which is way out of the way for you, you may want to call the Weeping Radish. We've been enjoying their other cured and smoked products (sold in the Triangle w/ Cane Creek Farms) and their website says they're smoking fish (which is pretty much the same thing, if you think about it).
The BBQ Joint in Chapel Hill (630 Weaver Dairy Road Chapel Hill, NC 27514: (919) 932-7504) often has "slow-smoked barbecued catfish, peppered trout, and salads with barbecued salmon". Rachael Ray, who is clueless about NC cue, praised the place. They are moving a couple of miles away sometime, farther from the great wood-burning Allen and Sons on Airport Road.
I live in Memphis and have seen many different versions of BBQ...BBQ pizza, BBQ spaghetti, BBQ balogna (aka Tennesee round steak), BBQ nachos, etc.
There is also New Orleans style BBQ shrimp that is cooked in the oven, but called BBQ shrimp for no apparent reason.
Everyone has seen BBQ pork, beef and chiken.
Kentucky is known for BBQ mutton and a place here in Memhpis serves BBQ cornish game hens.
However, I have never seen BBQ fish.