Barbecue tour - tag/photo fest

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by wb57, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. wb57

    wb57 Long timer

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    Really???

    Theater of the absurd comes to town.
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  2. kdscoates

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    Went out for my friday ride and I hit a BBQ place I had been wanting to try for awhile I heard great things and then it burned down and is now back open!
    I headed out for a good ride on a great day and when arrived in Clarkesville ga I was good and hungry!!
    I headed over to Hawg Wild BBQ and Catfish house.

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    I went in and the was sat quickly really nice place with a covered deck area out back!
    Really nice interior of this place way too up class for me but they let me in!!!
    They waitress brought me my water and some awesome hush puppies just on the house kinda like the brown bread at the Outback.
    I ordered the pork plate with broccoli casserole and collard greens and of course corn bread!!
    It was great and the sides and corn bread were all great!!! I used the sweet and smokey sauce and that was good stuff!!!
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    So if you are in or near Clarkesville Ga I would make Hawg Wild BBQ a stop for that BBQ fix!!!
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  3. wb57

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    Very cool. Thanks. I was going to say that the place looked like something you'd see in far western NC - as does the barbecue. Thanks for posting.
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  4. wb57

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    Hit the BBQ Barn in Butner, NC today - locally known as The Pink Pig.

    102 W B St
    Butner, NC 27509
    919-575-6068

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    Nice little place that a friend and I had stopped at to grab a tag in a local game a while back. It was a Sunday, so they were closed, and it was already pretty hot. Someone from inside the store came out - it's closed, remember - and asked if we wanted anything. Said some water would be great and he brought out bottles of water for us and wouldn't take anything for it. Vowed to go back there and eat as soon as I could. Well, today seems like it was the first opportunity I had.

    Walk in the front door and there's a menu on a sign board over a cafeteria style serving setup. Sticking to what I've started with, I got the Barbecue plate with two sides - slaw and fries.
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    Two rooms there - the front room where I ordered which had a half dozen or so counter seats and two or three tables - and the back room where I sat with 12 or 15 tables and booths. It was about 2:30, so the place was pretty empty. Few folks up front and I had the back to myself.
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    Front from looking from where I sat in the back:
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    The food:
    Barbecue was decent, nothing special - fresh, moist, and a hint smoky. Fries were generic, frozen, crinkle cut. Slaw was basic, slightly sweet utility slaw. The hushpuppies were also very slightly sweet, fresh and hot. What really stood out here to me was their sauce. They had the ever present Texas Pete and two of their own. One was a reddish vinegar with their spices and the other was very likely some of the best I've ever run across anywhere. Spicy cider vinegar sauce that I typically find pretty boring, but theirs stood out from just about any I've ever had. Not sure what their ingredients were, but tasted various chilis as well as black pepper.

    $6.99 + tax and a tip jar on the counter.

    Another good stop.

    Urbanspoon.com: http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/25/1194072/restaurant/BBQ-Barn-Butner
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  5. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

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    Funny we have a pink pig in cherry log ga I will try to remember to grab it next friday!
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  6. wb57

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    Guessing there are plenty of Pink Pigs... :lol3
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  7. SlowRide13

    SlowRide13 Veteran n00b

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    I make my own spiced vinegar sauce (hot, thin, very little or no tomato paste) because I can't find it around here. I have understood the style to be "eastern NC sauce." But the OP and the restaurants in this thread don't seem to be as into it as I figured they would be. Is this style not really a staple in eastern NC?
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  8. wb57

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    Nope. You nailed it and that's exactly what I prefer. I like them all - well, except that blasphemous mustard monstrosity in SC, but...
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  9. wb57

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    Neal Holden Barbecue
    582 US Highway 1
    Youngsville, NC 27596
    (919) 556-3607
    Mon-Sat: 7:30-2:00pm

    This is one of those places that I've ridden by for years and years and never stopped at. Recently, it became a quest. Information on the Web said they were open Friday nights for dinner and I tried to make it there once and found them closed. They don't have an answering machine so I pretty much had to guess at when they might be open. Gave it a shot last weekend, but got someone on the phone saying they were open until 2 and I was about 50 miles away and it was about 1:45 already.
    Was heading out to grab some tags in a couple other games early, but wasn't prepared for the pretty decent drop in temps here and had to bail out. Remembered this place and set out for lunch.

    It's an old cinder block building on a gravel parking lot about 5 or 10 miles north of Wake Forest, NC. The sign indicates they've been there since 1964, so they're closing in on 50 years pretty quickly.
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    Menu was pretty generic - not necessarily a bad thing. Table service and pay at the counter.
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    All tables seem to come preloaded with a pitcher of sweet tea - which to my way of thinking, isn't necessarily a good thing. Maybe 40 years ago, but who the hell knows what the last guy dropped in there. Pass on the tea. Ordered water. Which was brought from a pitcher from another table... :huh
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    Food was alright - slightly smoky barbecue, sweetish utility slaw, completely cooked (finally) frozen fries and nothing to write home about hush puppies.
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    This was a small barbecue dinner for $6.49. The portion of barbecue certainly qualified as "small". The bottle of (I guess) homemade sauce on the table was plugged shut, so I unscrewed the cap and poured it on too heavily by accident. Turns out, it didn't make much difference as it was about the most tasteless sauce I've ever run across. Drained the bottle labeled Texas Pete on the table - it had a good .5 ounces in it - and it basically colored the barbecue red without bothering to add any taste. Again - :huh

    Two dining rooms in the front of the place, one with the register, a couple of booths and a couple tables and another room with a handful of tables. Place was about 1/3 full and I was there at 12:30. I'm guessing they do an okay lunch business during the week and was surprised that there wasn't a breakfast menu since they open at 7:30 daily. Maybe there's a separate menu that wasn't out when I got there.
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    Food sanitation rating was 93, for whatever that's worth.

    Honestly, when I left there, I was just a little unimpressed/disappointed, but the more I thought about it on the way home and once I started writing, I realized it was probably the most disappointing place I've been to. Not awful by any means, but far from what I'd expect from a place that's been open for almost 50 years. If it was side by side with a Smithfield's Bar-B-Q (chain McBarbecue place around here) and I was suffering from a serious pork deficiency, I'd go choose it. Otherwise, doubtful I'll be back.

    Bottom line: skip it
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  10. Davo-55

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    Way to tell it like it is Bruce! Might save me from stopping there. I think you should announce that you are there for an on line revue, read by millions. That way , maybe the crappy food would be free. Hope to contribute soon
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  11. wb57

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    Wasn't awful, but there are plenty of great ones around. Plus, I got a ride in. :deal There are better rides and better places to get barbecue though.
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  12. DirtDabber

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    Learn how to focus your pictures..... :lol3

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  13. kdscoates

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    Yeah i suck at picture most of time!!!!
    Great eats there for sure!!
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  14. rush2112_2112

    rush2112_2112 Been here awhile

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    Jim's Smokin Q just south of Blairsville Ga in Booger Hollow area. Have had pork, smoked turkey, and ribs. All very good.

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  15. Marsh Tiger

    Marsh Tiger Been here awhile

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    I rode here this past Memorial weekend. The Whistling Pig, 1327 McIlwain Road
    Lancaster, SC 29720

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    It was pretty dead... I started to get worried.

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    The handful of utility workers standing outside led me to believe that the food was decent. After sitting for a while, the steady stream of locals getting take-out seemed to be confirmation. The staff were really friendly.

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    The BBQ was OK, not great. The Sauce on the table was really good though. Vinegar based, hot or mild and mustard based. The fries are where it's at here. Hand cut, not frozen. I'd stop here again, if I had to.
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  16. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    When did Allen & Son close the dining room? It used to be on the left side of the building past the order/pick up counter up front. I used to eat there almost every Saturday during deer season when I hunted in the Pittsboro area.

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  17. wb57

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    There's a separate building that shares the same parking lot. I think it was an outdoor outfitter, but don't remember. If you walked past the order/pickup counter, there's a concrete patio with a few tables on it. I walked beyond that looking for a dining room and just saw a kitchen behind the counter area. I did not walk all the way to the back of the building.

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  18. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    Yep, that is the place. The entrance door for the dining room is/was on the left side of the building (if your back is to the highway), it is just a plain unmarked door. It is/was about 1/3 of the way back. They always had good BBQ and good desserts.

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  19. wb57

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    Honestly, I walked around the side and looked for an entrance to a dining room. That door had a screen door on it and it *looked* like it was part of the kitchen. I didn't walk up and peer in, just glanced from the patio. For all I know, at this point, it could have been just as you describe.

    Might require another trip to investigate. :deal :D
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  20. wb57

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    Ole Time Barbecue
    6309 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, NC 27606-1148
    Tel: (919) 859-2544
    Fax: (919) 233-6639

    GPS Location:
    N35.47.275 W078.44.326

    Hours:
    Mon-Thu 6:00am- 8:00pm
    Fri 6:00am- 9:00pm
    Sat 6:00am- 9:00pm
    Closed Sun.
    http://www.oletimebarbecue.com

    Motto: A great place to get porked.

    One of those places that's nearby, but I never think about going there. Maybe been there once before and I've been here close to 25 years. No idea why other than that it's kind of between here and Cary, NC (Containment Area for Relocated Yankees) and I try to avoid Cary at any cost.

    Another in the rectangular, single story buildings series. Plenty of parking:
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    Pretty standard menu, but they do serve breakfast every day they're open.
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    Small place inside. Two seating areas - one with a half dozen booths or so and the other with a couple booths and some counter seating:
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    Very friendly people working here, Several folks eating - it was around 3:30 or so when I got there. They're pretty close to NC State and they seem to play up the catering/tailgating aspect. There were FAR more folks coming in for carryout for large groups than there were eating there. I suspect a good chunk of their business is carryout/catering/tailgating.

    Sat down and was brought a menu. Couple seconds later, got my drink and a basket of fresh hushpuppies. Tea was honestly on the weak side. Should have stuck with my usual water... Hushpuppies were very light tasting as if they was more white flour than corn flour. Slightly sweet. Utility puppies.
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    The window sill was full of their condiments/paper towels and the like:
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    Food came pretty quickly. Ordered the typical - regular chopped plate with fries and slaw. Honestly, I don't think I'm doing some of these places a service by ordering fries. Next one I visit, I'm branching out... :D
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    Barbecue was good, moist, slightly smoky, but by and large unseasoned. Not bad at all, but I'm starting to want to see more character, Don't get me wrong, I certainly liked it, but it's not going to make world class. Slaw was homemade and had some sort of unidentifiable (to me) seasoning. Didn't make it bad and I'll give it props for trying to be something other than generic utility slaw, but not sure I liked it. I'll try it again at another time before coming to that conclusion though. Fries - frozen, but cooked properly.
    The sauce: They had Texas Pete and two of their own. I'm of the school of thought that says if it needs Texas Pete, something's wrong with it at a basic level. (Smithfields Barbecue requires lethal doses of Texas Pete). Their two homemade sauces were labeled "Barbecue" and "Hot". Didn't care for the Barbecue - way too sweet. Some folks may go for that type sauce. I'm not amongst them. The Hot, however, was fantastic. Vinegar based with loads of flavor. Lots of spice, a bit of heat and honestly, both feet firmly planted in the top five of all sauces I've had in years.

    Definitely worth a trip back. Meal was $6.99 plus drink, tax and tip. It's close enough to where I work that I'll certainly put it in the lunch rotation and if it's not sub-freezing, possibly a breakfast in the near future.

    Urbanspoon review:
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