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Pork Chop Shop to close its doors after 25 years

Posted October 20, 2013

— Fans of The Pork Chop Shop will have to say goodbye to their favorite N.C. State Fair food stop as the North Carolina Pork Council says it is time to move on. 

For 25 years the Pork Council has set up shop at the State Fair, selling barbecue plates with all the fixings. 

"I like North Carolina pork. I like North Carolina everything," said fair-goer Lizbeth Videau.

Pork Chop Fans say goodbye to the Pork Chop Shop

The Pork Council's original mission with the Pork Chop Shop was to promote pork products. Ann Edmonson, with the N.C. Pork Council, said that mission has been accomplished. 

"Just looking at the future, we just said, there's probably some more we can do to reach a new audience and keep the folks who have been so loyal over the years," Edmonson said. 

Tens of thousands of people have made the shop a success, but Edmonson said with the cooks retiring it gets harder to find volunteers. 

 Edmonson said shes not sure what the next step will be, but the Pork Council will have a presence at next year's fair.

Fair-goers who want to grab that last plate of barbecue or pork chops from the shop can do so at the tent located between the Dorton Arena and the Education Building.




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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 21, 2013

    Awww, pork chops are my very favorite. Without them and bacon, I could easily be Vegan. LOL

  • aspenstreet1717 Oct 21, 2013

    Went there this afternoon. I thought it was very good.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 21, 2013

    Word is they are setting up a pork chop shop in China to welcome in the products from Smithfield.

  • scot30 Oct 21, 2013

    All the years I had been going to the fair, I had seen the "Pork Chop Shop" every year but had never tried it until last year. What a huge disappointment. The pork chop was WAY overcooked and so dry I could barely choke it down. The green beans were also WAY overcooked and had very little flavor to them. Probably one of the worst meals I've ever had at the fair - or anywhere else. I think the best thing about the whole meal was whatever I had gotten to drink. I said "never again" after that, and I guess now I won't have to worry about it at all. It will not be missed - by me, anyway.

  • marysdecor2004 Oct 21, 2013

    You want volunteers wow the amount of money you make you can hire cooks.this is why your crazy.all others pay their cooks.barbecue coming in,in sealed bags that is total horse manure.it is supposed to be cooked on site just like I do mine.I cook my barbecue rite there an cure my own country hams when weather permits me to do so.you make more than Obama in 2 wekks than he does in A year an you want people to work for free please people that is your problem

  • quadrathlete Oct 21, 2013

    Please, with all the issues in this country, you spend time on this. It does not matter if pork shop closes because since I am mandated to cough up another 500 a month due to Obamacare, I will not be able to go to fair anymore anyway.

    horsy, I saw it on the news and knew it was not good ol pulled pork

  • heard-it-all-before Oct 21, 2013

    ""Just looking at the future, we just said, there's probably some more we can do to reach a new audience and keep the folks who have been so loyal over the years," Edmonson said. "

    just say it. MONEY

  • horsyset Oct 21, 2013

    I stopped there once for a bbq sandwich thinking they were cooking and pulling the pork right there and that it would be delicious. Nope. They brought out a big sealed plastic bag of precooked bbq, sliced it open, and dumped it in the steam tray and made my sandwich with it. What a let-down. Guess I should have tried a chop instead since I think they did actually cook those at the stand.

  • lovinOBX Oct 21, 2013

    Amazing how these places find something to draw attention to themselves during fair week. Get that extra advertisement in for some extra $$$...

  • Obamacare is here Oct 21, 2013

    Sad news. I'm going to miss earning reward points to offset the cost of a coronary angioplasty.