I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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May 22, 2018 Doug Sauls BBQ
Post by John Rancke
Ever been to Nashville. Great trip and great music with bars everywhere downtown with live music all day every day.
But that’s across the Smokey Mountains and in the state of Tennessee.
But there is a Nashville much closer and it sits just west of Rocky Mount on highway 64 less than an hour from the Raleigh belt line. Small town, no live music in downtown bars because there aren’t any downtown bars in Nashville NC.
But what they do have is Doug Sauls BBQ. I went to high school with a Doug Sauls and his sister Donna Sauls, but this is another Doug Sauls. This is a BBQ King.
Eastern style with just vinegar, salt, and crushed peppers and chopped. Dingy building some say but that has never stopped me from opening the front door and placing my order at the counter.
They do it all. Great fried chicken, crispy and hot and moist and just addictive.
Black eyed peas, seafood, yams, chicken and pastry or dumplings as some say. FROG LEGS too. Boiled potatoes, Brunswick stew, slaw, and great sweet tea.
I love chicken gizzards and can find them in many Scotsman stores. The one in the V-intersection at White Lake, NC has them. But they cook them and then they sit in the warming trays all day until someone buys the last of them. They are dry and hard and generally unappealing.
Well, I found Nirvana at Doug Sauls in Nashville. Fresh cooked to order chicken gizzards as good as any I have ever eaten.
So good in fact that on my way home to Chapel Hill from Wilmington a few weeks ago I detoured 60-70 miles out of the way to go get some gizzards in Nashville. But it never dawned on me they would be closed on a Tuesday. Now I know. They are closed on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. But they are selling on Wednesday -Saturday.
Don’t need the music of Nashville Tennessee when you can have the vittles of Nashville NC.