North Carolina-Vick Wilkins-December 30

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 30

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In Red Springs, NC Flaming Pig, a barbecue cooking team has garnered many awards. That team is led by 71 year old Vick Wilkins.


Customers of Flaming Pig in Red Springs make a weekly ritual out of visiting the team’s mobile grill, which is parked on Fridays at the intersection of Old Lowery and Shannon roads. Location on map below in red circle.


In 1999, Vick Wilkins decided to add a decorative touch to his booth during cook off competitions by creating a few torches from small cast iron pigs. Visitors to his booth loved the torches and began calling them ‘flaming pigs’.

In the beginning of 2000, Vick and his wife decided to create a new team for the competitions. Eventually, they settled on the name “The Flaming Pig”.

Today Vick has marketed his sauce and you can find it in area grocery stores. He is also still competing and winning awards.








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