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Perfectly cooked smoked brisket sandwich leads to win at food truck championship

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A first-time competitor from Carthage took top honors June 18 at the annual N.C. Food Truck State Championship held in Randleman.

The House of Odell & Luella's

A brisket burger with homemade slaw and pickles from the House of Odell & Luella’s at the NC Food Truck State Championship in Randleman.

The House of Odell and Luella’s — which Dawn Suggs named after her grandmothers — wowed the judges with perfectly cooked brisket, paired with homemade pickles and slaw on a toasted bun, served alongside fresh-cut fries and butternut-squash salad with grapes and pistachios.

Taking second place was last year’s first-place winner, Drunken Noodles from Durham, which served Thai curries that were as spicy as they were delicious, featuring from-scratch noodles.

Third place went to Javier’s Cocina, based in Shannon in Robeson County, which specializes in tacos. Javier’s served the judges its “transmission fluid tacos,” filled with flank steak and accompanied with a spicy dipping sauce.

Drunken Noodles

Thai curries from Drunken Noodles at the NC Food Truck State Championship in Randleman.

I was one of the judges

of the competition, along with journalist Carl Wilson; former restaurant critic John Batchelor; and Alexa Modderno, a potter and co-owner of The General Wine and Brew in Seagrove.For more information about the N.C. Food Truck State Championship, visit or

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