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Jul 26, 2009 05:12 PM

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)

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  1. About as close as you can get in sc or ga is smoked mullett which you can find in Gullah areas, I know it is available at the sea islands festival on St Simons Is. Ga. I do not know about its availabilty in the area ypu were interested in.

    1. The Virginia piedmont and eastern NC is fried seafood country. I've never eaten/heard of anything that could be described as barbecued fish due to the cooking method or being served with barbecue sauce.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: Ross B

          Actually close to home in Savannah, TN is a great little catfish shack that makes cold-smoked catfish. Pickwick Catfish Farm uses hickory wood and a lot of pepper to make something that's delicious and unique. And they ship. :)

          1. re: mamasquirrel

            Thanks, MamaSq! I'll have to look them up and get them to ship me some!

        2. 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.

          1. 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).

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            1. re: brokegradstudent

              Thanks, Broke-grad! Doesn't look like they ship and it looks like it's a bit out of the way. I've had their beer before, though. Perhaps next year we'll go down the coast on the way to Atlantic Beach...

              1. re: drT_wholechiro

                Sunburst Trout Company in Western North Carolina has a number of smoked trout products and they do ship.