Summer Barre-BQ: Durham, North Carolina

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This summer, we went on the hunt for some great barbecue. But you know what makes barbecue even better? A post-workout appetite. After you’ve gotten your sweat on, sometimes choosing succulent slow-roast over a salad is an indulgence you just have to go for. So, in the spirit of summer, we’re bringing cardio and culinary together with a combo for the ages: barre + barbecue.

We asked barre studios in four of America’s most famous barbecue regions to tell us what’s hot in the studio, and on the grill. If you’re not familiar with barre, it’s a wicked workout for core and strength training, utilizing ballet positions, yoga and Pilates (see what’s it’s all about). With the help of these studios, we learned that there’s quite a range—from hot barre to haute cuisine, check out these diverse styles of barre-B-Q.

The barre

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A class at reCharge® Pilates & Barre is an experience for the senses. With an energizing “spa-meets-nightclub” vibe, the studio uses LED lights that change colors throughout class to balance your Chakras. The studio also uses aromatherapy to create both serene and stimulating moods for students. Aside from the sensory experience, though, there’s an emphasis on muscle balancing and injury prevention. Owner Sloan Rachmuth's previous career providing advice during surgeries informs the classes at reCharge, and she brings years of experience to this unique studio in the Triangle.

The barbecue

In the southeastern states, there’s no question that barbecue means chopped or pulled pork—but there’s a serious barbecue feud in North Carolina. The two contenders? Eastern style consists of the whole hog, both white and dark meat, with a light vinegar-pepper sauce, served with a creamy slaw. In the other corner, Lexington style (also called Western or Piedmont) consists of moist, dark-meat pork shoulders with a vinegar-ketchup sauce, served up with red slaw and washed down with sweet tea.

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Barre studio: reCharge® Pilates & Barre
Barre-tender: Sloan Rachmuth, owner
Location: Durham, North Carolina

Where in Durham can we find you?
We’re located off 15-501 near I-40 in the Patterson Place shopping center.

What’s unique about reCharge®? Is there a certain type of barre you focus on?
Our five signature barre, Pilates and yoga fusion classes are total workouts designed for every part of your body, meaning you’ll constantly challenge your body and never get bored. The major tenet of the "reCharge® way" is muscle overload: pushing the body to muscle failure in each exercise. Classes include sequences that isolate key muscle groups (glutes, thighs, arms, abs) until they fatigue. Clinically speaking, overload is the only proven method to achieve muscle definition in any workout, especially in Pilates and yoga, where you’re using your own body weight.

How do you and your students feel after a barre workout? Tuckered out? Energized? Hungry?
Energized, yet centered and fully reCharge®d. And definitely starving.

What's your favorite local ‘cue joint(s) to chow down at after class?
The Original Q Shack on University Drive.

What are some veggie-friendly local options for an after-class snack?
Menchie's Yogurt for something sweet and healthy, Juice King for smoothies and Pomegranate Kitchen for the ultimate vegetarian or vegan experience.

Describe your region's signature barbecue style.
North Carolina Eastern-style barbecue is a whole-hog style, often said to use “every part of the hog except the squeal.” Eastern-style sauce is vinegar and pepper-based, with no tomato whatsoever.

What goes with North Carolina barbecue? Here’s a favorite recipe from the gals at reCharge® for a simple, scrumptious side dish:

Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Salt and pepper
Grated parmesan cheese
Set oven to 350 F. Fry-cut the zucchini and toss into a gallon-size freezer bag. Add a few tablespoons of EVOO, and give it a good shake. Toss in small amounts of salt and pepper and shake again. Add a few tablespoons of parmesan and shake until coated, adding more cheese if needed.

Arrange fries on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until crisp on the outside. Flip once after 12 minutes.

Be sure to check out our other barre-B-Q posts!

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