Wyatt Dickson

Wyatt Dickson is the owner and pitmaster of PICNIC in Durham, NC and the forthcoming WYATT’S WHOLE HOG BARBECUE in Raleigh, NC. His devotion to authentic wood-smoked barbecue can be traced from one stump speech to another. The son of a Fayetteville, NC judge and North Carolina Senator, Dickson’s youth was spent at pig pickin’s, surrounded by talk of politics – both the back & forth banter about candidates and the age-old debate over eastern vs. western North Carolina barbecue.

For Dickson, North Carolina barbecue means oak-smoked, locally raised, whole hog – that’s picked by hand, never chopped. It’s a revival of the pig pickin’ – once a fixture of community and backyard gatherings across the state – where the butt, hams, loin, belly, cheeks, skin and ribs are all blended together to a smoky bliss.

Reverence for Wyatt Dickson’s pastured barbecue includes John Shelton Reed, who awarded it “True ‘Cue” status, Garden & Gun, which heralded it as “Pen-to-Plate,” Southern Living praised it as “Next Generation ‘Cue” and Bon Appetit recognized Dickson’s devotion to sustainably raised heritage breed hogs. Dickson’s barbecue earned PICNIC a spot in Time Magazine’s “8 Best BBQ Spots in the Carolina’s,” and he co-hosted the NC Barbecue Revival in 2017 – an event organized to revive and uphold the whole hog barbecue tradition.