Chef Elizabeth Karmel Launches Carolina Cue To-Go

North Carolina Whole-Hog Barbecue Ships to All 50 States

NEW YORK, NY (November 4, 2014) – Elizabeth Karmel, chef, media personality, and one of the country’s most reputable barbecue and grilling experts, is proud to announce the launch of Carolina Cue To-Go (www.carolinacuetogo.com), authentic North Carolina whole-hog barbecue available for shipping to all 50 states.

Karmel, a North Carolina native, launches the company along with her childhood friend David LineweaverThe two went back to their North Carolina roots to offer the first national delivery service for authentic hickory-smoked North Carolina whole-hog pulled pork paired with Karmel’s signature Carolina barbecue sauce.

“North Carolina barbecue is hard to get outside of the state. Today, many iconic barbecue restaurants from other regions ship their barbecue, but not in North Carolina,” says Karmel. As a bornandbred North Carolinian, I can’t tell you how many of us check coolers when we fly back from visiting our home state. Now we can simply order from CarolinaCueToGo.com.” 

I think Carolina Cue takes the best barbecue traditions from the Eastern and Western parts of the state and combines them to offer unparalleled quality using Eastern-style whole-hog barbecue seasoned with my signature Western-style vinegar sauce, says Karmel.

Carolina Cue To-Go kits include hickory-smoked whole-hog barbecue, chopped cabbage for Carolina slaw, buns, and Karmel’s signature Carolina Cue Vinegar Sauce.  The website also offers Carolina Cue Sauce by the bottle, and Carolina white grits and “Sweeties” hush-puppy mix for the perfect compliment to pulled pork sandwiches.  Several sizes of barbecue kits are available, including: 

• The Piglet: makes 8 sandwiches
• The Super Sow: makes 16 sandwiches
• The Boss Hog: makes 24 sandwiches 

The kits range in price from $49 for The Piglet to $129 for The Boss Hog.  All kits are shipped packed with dry ice for one- or two-day delivery and are ideal for holiday entertaining or as a gourmet holiday gift.  To ensure delivery of all holiday orders, Carolina Cue To-Go will accept holiday orders until December 22, 2014.  A free gift will be available using a special holiday promo code (CCTGSA) for orders made through December 30, 2014.  Gift certificates are also available for the recipient to enjoy after the holidays.

Carolina Cue To-Go is unique from traditional North Carolina pulled pork in several ways, including:

• Sourcing: Carolina Cue uses whole hogs from a small family farm, rather than using just the butts, shoulders, and hams of traditional Western-style North Carolina barbecueThe combination of the belly, tenderloin, and ribs with the shoulder and the hams creates barbecue with a superior texture and flavor. 
• Quality: Carolina Cue uses the finest ingredients in Karmel’s vinegar-based sauce, including apple cider vinegar, white and dark-brown sugars for a deep molasses flavor, and three pepper varietieswhite, black and red pepper flakes.
• Heritage: Carolina Cue offers curated artisanal Southern products, includingCarolina white grits, which come from a family-owned water-powered gristmill that has been in service for nearly 300 years.

“Our Carolina pulled pork makes a great gift for expats who miss their home-state barbecue, as well as barbecue lovers, and people who entertain for the holidays,” says Karmel. One bite of Carolina Cue will transport you to an iconic roadside barbecue shack. Our authentic small-batch barbecue kits also provide gift ideas for men and others on your holiday list who are hard to buy for.” 

About Carolina Cue To-Go: 

Carolina Cue To Go (http://carolinacuetogo.com) was started by well-known barbecue and grilling expert, author, chef, and media personality Elizabeth Karmel and her childhood friend David Lineweaver, a fellow North Carolina native. The online barbecue shack was created to deliver authentic whole-hog North Carolina pulled pork barbecue (sandwich) kits nationwide. The e-commerce website also sells signed copies of Elizabeth’s cookbooks, her signature Carolina Cue Vinegar Sauce, grilling and kitchen tools, and artisanal Southern products.

For more information about Carolina Cue To-Go, please contact Sarah Abell 

at Baltz & Company (sabell@baltzco.com), 917.584.8567

Elizabeth Karmel Launches Carolina Cue—an Online Barbecue Shack

For more information:

Elizabeth Karmel

Elizabeth@elizabethKarmel.com

312-282-5013

or

Sarah Abell

sabell@Baltzco.com

917-584-8567

Elizabeth Karmel Launches Carolina Cue—an Online Barbecue Shack

Elizabeth Karmel is excited to announce the launch of CarolinaCueToGo.com with fellow North Carolinian and barbecue compatriot, David Lineweaver.

The two grew up together in Greensboro, NC, and while Elizabeth went on to make Barbecue her career, David made banking his career, but North Carolina barbecue was his hobby and true food love.

In 2004, Karmel began working on developing Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken.  In the decade that has passed, New Yorkers have been introduced to and have fallen in love with Texas barbecue and in the past few years, many Texas-style outposts have opened in New York and Brooklyn.

Karmel began to realize that real North Carolina-style barbecue was woefully underserved in both NYC and online.  She and Lineweaver would often talk about what they could do together to further the art and science of North Carolina barbecue.  In July 2014, a light-hearted conversation hatched the idea of an online “Barbecue Shack,”  and www.CarolinaCueToGo.com  was born.

“Finally, there is a place online where anyone craving authentic hickory-smoked North Carolina barbecue can get their fix in as little as 24 hours.  Our Carolina ‘Cue is made from wood-smoked whole hog that is seasoned with my signature vinegar sauce.  I think that it is the best that North Carolina has to offer—Best pig.  Best sauce!” said Karmel

The e-commerce website launched on November 1, 2014 in time for holiday gift-giving and party-throwing.

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CarolinaCueToGo.com Fact Sheet

WHO:  North Carolina native and barbecue expert, Elizabeth Karmel has combined forces with fellow North Carolinian David Lineweaver to offer premium authentic wood-smoked whole hog barbecue sauced with Karmel’s signature Lexington-Style Vinegar Sauce.

WHAT: CarolinaCueToGo is a state-of-the art online “Barbecue Shack” specializing in home or office delivery of North Carolina whole-hog barbecue.  The whole-hog barbecue is smoked in North Carolina over hickory wood, and seasoned with Elizabeth Karmel’s Lexington-Style Vinegar Sauce.  It is a winning combination and the best of what the two styles of North Carolina barbecue have to offer.  The e-commerce site delivers the North Carolina Barbecue experience nationally with your choice of overnight or 2-day shipping.

WHEN: The site launched November 1, 2014, just in time for the holiday season.

WHERE: Available by mail in all 50 US States.  The barbecue is frozen and packaged in 2-inch thick insulated coolers and packed with dry ice.

WHY: North Carolina barbecue is under-served in the marketplace.  Now, people who don’t live in North Carolina but want a taste of authentic North Carolina ‘Cue can get it from Carolina whole-hog barbecue by shopping at www.CarolinaBarbecueToGo.com.  Order for the holidays or anytime the craving hits!

RECIPE: Barbecue is beloved by everyone and traditional Eastern North Carolina Whole-Hog barbecue is the best-smoked pork that the region offers. Piedmont native Elizabeth Karmel created her Western-Style North Carolina (Lexington) Vinegar Sauce by taste memory when she first started smoking her own barbecue.  And, she is known in barbecue circles for her signature sauce, which hits the perfect balance of sweet and peppery, and tangy with apple-rich vinegar.  She used her sauce to season the Western-style Carolina barbecue (butts, shoulders and hams) that she grew up on, but in later years realized that by cooking the whole hog, and adding the belly, tenderloin and ribs to the hams and shoulders, you get barbecue with better texture and flavor.  Her mash-up may not be traditional, but it is the best that the eastern and the western regions have to offer. This “Best in Class” barbecue is only available at www.CarolinaCueToGo.com .  The online “Barbecue Shack” will be the “Go-To” source for anyone who loves Pulled Pork Barbecue!

CarolinaCueToGo.com Expanded Fact Sheet

Launch Date: www.CarolinaCueToGo.com launches November 1, 2014

Founders: Piedmont North Carolina native and barbecue expert, Elizabeth Karmel has combined forces with fellow North Carolinian David Lineweaver to offer premium authentic wood-smoked whole hog barbecue.

About: CarolinaCueToGo is a state-of-the art online “Barbecue Shack” specializing in home or office delivery of North Carolina whole-hog barbecue, smoked in North Carolina over hickory wood, and seasoned with Elizabeth Karmel’s signature Western-Style North Carolina (Lexington) Vinegar Sauce. Her signature sauce hits the perfect balance of sweet and peppery, and tangy with apple-rich vinegar. The whole-hog barbecue is a winning combination and the best of what the two styles of North Carolina barbecue have to offer. Though North Carolina traditional barbecue uses the butts, shoulders and hams, Elizabeth perfected a recipe using whole hog— adding the belly, tenderloin and ribs to the hams and shoulders—for an updated classic with better texture and flavor. Carolina Cue Barbecue Kits include heat-and-serve whole hog pulled pork, chopped cabbage, Carolina Cue Vinegar Sauce (for making the slaw and adding to the ‘cue), and buns for a complete sandwich kit.

Shipping: The e-commerce site delivers the North Carolina Barbecue experience nationally with overnight or 2-day shipping in all 50 US States. The barbecue is frozen and packaged in 2-inch thick insulated coolers and packed with dry ice.

Barbecue Kits: 

    • The Piglet: (makes 8 sandwiches) includes 2 pounds of North Carolina Hickory-Smoked Whole-Hog Barbecue, 1 pound of chopped cabbage (to make the Carolina Slaw), 1 package of Buns, 1 16-ounce bottle of Elizabeth Karmel’s signature Carolina Cue Vinegar Sauce $49.00 plus shipping and handling
    • The Super Sow: (makes 16 sandwiches) includes 4 pounds of North Carolina Hickory-Smoked Whole-Hog Barbecue, 2 pounds of chopped, 2 packages of Buns, 1 16-ounce bottle of Elizabeth Karmel’s signature Carolina Cue Vinegar Sauce  (for making the slaw and adding to the ‘cue) $89.00 plus shipping and handling
    • The Boss Hog: (makes 24 sandwiches) includes 6 pounds of North Carolina Hickory-Smoked Whole-Hog Barbecue, 3 pounds of chopped, 3 packages of Buns, 2 16-ounce bottles of Elizabeth Karmel’s signature Carolina Cue Vinegar Sauce  (for making the slaw and adding to the ‘cue) $129.00 plus shipping and handling

Other Products: 

    • Individual Pints/Pounds of Barbecue, $14.99
    • Hush Puppy Mix: Sweeties (no onion), $5.99
    • Carolina White Grits, $5.99
    • Carolina Cue Sauce: 5-ounce bottle, $3.99; 16-ounce bottle, $5.99
    • Carolina Cue Gear
    • Signed copies of Taming the Flame
    • Assorted Grill Products

Contact:  Carolina Cue To-Go (http://carolinacuetogo.com)

info@CarolinaCueToGo.com