The South is full of food traditions, and barbecue is one that North Carolinians take pretty seriously. Craig and Twig Wood, owners of Brookwood Farms, a fourth-generation pit-cooked barbecue manufacturer, bring that same level of passion to their work.

Before readers start writing letters to the editor, this isn't an Eastern North Carolina-versus-Western North Carolina barbecue article, but rather an agribusiness success story about a local company whose heat-and-serve barbecue is now part of a number of school lunch programs across the state and who, in 2012, sold a total of 9 million pounds of barbecue. The businesses' products are sold through food service companies, retail stores, company restaurants in the Charlotte and Raleigh airports, and school lunch programs.