The silence of the hogs
Original: Holly Ridge Smokehouse (Holly Ridge, NC)
Offshoots: Betty's Smokehouse (Holly Ridge, NC)
Great barbecue is full of legends, but so-so-Q's got stories too. A short drive from the North Carolina coast, Holly Ridge Smokehouse (also known as Betty's) isn't going down in the history books for its brisket. Few reports exist on their food, and it would've just been another one of countless family restaurants that faded away, except that it was inherited by a serial killer. Well, kind of.
The humble barbecue joint was passed on to several family members, including Ted Levine, the actor best known as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. According to his brothers, who spoke with TMZ, Ted's chaotic behavior forced them into auctioning off the business for a fraction of its worth, thus preventing anyone in the family from making a killing.