Visit North Carolina BBQ restaurants this summer to earn free swag and generate donations to local food banks

RALEIGH — The Summer of ‘Cue is back for 2022! Now’s the time for you to continue checking off that barbecue bucket list while supporting local restaurants.  As the “Barbecue Capital of the World,” North Carolina is home to more than 450 barbecue restaurants — and a visit to your favorite spots now offers more than just a tasty barbecue sandwich, pork chop or rack of ribs.

The NC Pork Council is hosting the Summer of ‘Cue and rewarding visitors who stop in North Carolina restaurants this summer for barbecue (or any other pork dish) and post a picture on social media with the #SummerofCue hashtag.

“Everyone has a barbecue bucket list. This is a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy some great barbecue and support our local restaurants,” said Jen Kendrick, NC Pork Council communications director. Make sure to keep an eye on our social channels  (@ncpork ) As the staff takes on the challenge for themselves.

The Summer of ‘Cue promotion was launched in 2020 to help struggling restaurants during COVID. The campaign generated visits to nearly 150 unique restaurants and food trucks across North Carolina.

Not only does the #SummerofCue give you a chance to check off that barbecue bucket list, you’ll also earn some NC Pork Swag.

It’s easy to earn rewards and give back to your community while enjoying delicious barbecue!

  1. Visit a restaurant three or more times between Memorial Day (May 30th) and and Labor Day (September 5th.)
  2. Post a picture of your pork-centered meal on social media, tag @ncpork and use the #SummerofCue hashtag to register your entry. Don’t forget to show the restaurant some love by tagging them too!
  3. Once you’ve completed all your visits, log them on our website to earn prizes! Rewards include stickers, t-shirts and magnetic can coolers.

Prizes include:

3 Logged Visits: 4″ x 3.7″ Holographic Summer of Cue Sticker

5 Logged Visits: NC Pork T-Shirt + sticker

10 Logged Visits: NC Pork Magnetic Neoprene Can Cooler + T-Shirt + sticker

#SummerofCue social media posts generate donations for local Food Banks

For every logged entry using the #SummerofCue hashtag, the NC Pork Council will donate $5 to a North Carolina food bank (up to $5,000 total). Contributions will be split among Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC, Food Bank of the Albemarle, Manna Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, and the InterFaith Food Shuttle.

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Jen Kendrick
NC Pork Council Director of Communications
(919) 781-0361 Ext. 101