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'Cue It Up U p By Alison Miller Photos by Peter Taylor THE SMELL OF WOOD SMOKE EMANATES FROM MATT BARRY, AND HE LIKES IT THAT WAY. When the bearded 35-year-old is heaving hickory logs into the custom- made, 100-percent log-fred J&R smoker at Midwood Smokehouse in Toringdon Circle, all is right in the world. Out in the dining room, an unassuming space festooned with artful homages to sow, cow and chicken, Ballantyne residents tear into Kansas City-style burnt ends, Texas-style brisket and Eastern North Carolina-style pulled pork. Welcome to 21st century barbecue. Just as Charlotte has become a city of transplants, so too are the many styles of smoked meat you'll fnd at two new Ballantyne barbecue spots — Midwood Smokehouse and Smoke Modern Barbeque — and at one seasoned standby, The Q Shack. Though each is defned by a distinctive atmosphere and proprietary sauces and sides, all exemplify the modern-day barbecue experience: menus that reach far beyond standard pork and slaw, and Barbecue Goes Prime Time in Ballantyne 36 BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE WINTER 2015-2016 BALLANTYNE | feature

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