Register has always had a passion for fine food and the outdoors, and he prides himself on incorporating fresh, local ingredients. Raised in rural, Eastern NC, he grew up in a community that formed inseparable bonds through deep-rooted traditions at the dinner table. These traditions are ones that he hopes to sustain, not just for his three young children, but for his community and those who dine with him as well.
In 2010, Matthew began smoking pork the old-fashioned way, slow and low over oak wood. What started out as a mere hobby for him, inspired by his wife Jessica’s grandfather, very quickly turned into a local phenomenon. After working hard to learn as much as he could about food and developing his own culinary identity, he opened Southern Smoke BBQ in 2014. A champion of the farm to fork movement, Register uses a chalkboard menu and changes his menu regularly as locally grown ingredients become available. There's no wonder his dedication to local food and BBQ has earned him a spot in the top 10 BBQ sandwiches list by USA Today.