While the state of North Carolina continues to grow and change, two iconic aspects are still going strong: college basketball and barbecue. Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q aims to bring area consumers the best of both Eastern North Carolina–style barbecue and lively discussions of ACC basketball. The college basketball season is off to a good start, and the games are sure to provide exciting finishes and storylines. The Realtailgate.com Hoops Hangout Podcast sponsored by Smithfield's Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q is a source for up-to-date analysis on ACC basketball in the North Carolina Triangle area and beyond. Each episode provides 30 minutes of high-energy conversation. TheRealtailgate.com Hoops Hangout Podcast shares information about the basketball scene along Tobacco Road that you will not find anywhere else. 

“Smithfield’s Chicken 'N Bar-B-Q has grown through its mission to be real, not trendy, and the Real Tailgate podcasts are as real as it gets. We are so excited to engage people within the context of something they are so passionate about: all things college basketball!” says Richard Averitte, vice president of operations.

Featured guest hosts, Ben Swain and Shane Ryan, are recognized voices in this arena. They will discuss predictions, plays, hype, and hope.

"I'm excited to talk about college basketball in North Carolina because this is the center of the basketball universe,” Swain says.

“It's an honor to host a show focused on the historic programs we have here in North Carolina," Ryan adds.

Ben Swain is a recognized independent voice in the sport who uses social media as his platform. Recently named to the Sporting News' “Top 100 Must-Follows in College Basketball,” Ben is the co-host of the Walk-Ons, the nation's most-downloaded independent college basketball podcast. 

Shane Ryan is a writer for Paste Magazine and Grantland.com, as well as a college basketball podcast host for Realtailgate.com. He is currently working on a book about the 2014 PGA Tour season.

Basketball fans can join the fun as the guest hosts provide animated commentary and analysis, and discuss the best, the worst, and all the fanaticism that is Tobacco Road basketball. The podcast can be accessed via iTunes or the Realtailgate.com Hoops Hangout website. 

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