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Recently named one of the “Great Chefs of the Cape Fear,” by Salt Magazine and featured on the TODAY Show, Chef Matthew Register is bringing his passion for southern cuisine to the masses. A resident of Garland, NC, Register owns Southern Smoke BBQ, named one of the top 25 BBQ restaurants in the US by Men’s Journal, as well as South Catering, and Southern Smoke BBQ food truck. He is also the visionary of the South Supper Series, a private supper club event hosted on the Southern Smoke BBQ property. Menus have included cuisine from family traditions, the Low Country, and the Mississippi Delta.
Register has always had a passion for fine food and the outdoors, and he prides himself on incorporating fresh, local ingredients. Raised in rural, Eastern NC, he grew up in a community that formed inseparable bonds through deep rooted traditions at the dinner table. These traditions are ones that he hopes to sustain, not just for his three young children, but for his community and those who dine with him as well.
In 2010, Matthew began smoking pork the old-fashioned way, slow and low over oak wood. What started out as a mere hobby for him, inspired by his wife Jessica’s grandfather, very quickly turned into a local phenomenon. After working hard to learn as much as he could about food and developing his own culinary identity, he opened Southern Smoke BBQ in 2014. A champion of the farm to fork movement, Register uses a chalkboard menu and changes his menu regularly as locally grown ingredients become available.