Barbecue tour - tag/photo fest

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

  1. STBNE

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    ooooh that place looks real gooood...:evil :nod
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  2. wb57

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    Well, since this thread started, my required daily allowance of barbecue has jumped quite a bit, but coincidentally, so has my actual intake. :D
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  3. wb57

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    Is that the place that RIding Donkeys suggested as an Eastern NC ADV lunch/dinner place recently? I feel sure that I've seen that pop up somewhere.

    Looks like it's about 25 miles from the current Southeast tag and open for a few hours on Sunday... :deal
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  4. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    I checked the eastern NC ADV dinner thread and yes it is the same place. My work scheduled is so screwed up right now that I don't know if I can make the dinner.

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  5. wb57

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    The date of the lunch is the same weekend as my kid's birthday. If I take Friday off and go to Boone for that, I may be able to get to this one.
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  6. STBNE

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    i am supposed to be at a deaf hs basketball tournament that weekend...i might be able to get out of it...working on it...I'd really rather be much closer to home...and go riding too:deal
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  7. Davo-55

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    Made me look also. Damn that thing is nasty. Switched to Direct TV, have not even used that remote for a month, but tracked it down and gave it a good cleanin
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  8. wb57

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    Okay, enough of this non riding for barbecue nonsense. I've been hitting one of the local places pretty often for lunch during the week as it's just hard to pass up a barbecue buffet for $8.00. I guess that's cut my motivation down on the weekends to search out new places a bit. But, it was early in the week this past week and I needed to meet a couple family members and this place was fairly central to all of us. Plus, it's a reasonably decent ride if you stick to the back roads between here and there.

    I've been to this place a bunch and it's always been pretty good, but the last time I was there, it just seemed, well, "tired" for lack of a better word. It was time to give it another shot.

    Bob's Barbecue
    <address itemprop="address" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress"> 1589 NC Highway 56
    Creedmoor, NC 27522
    </address> (919) 528-2081

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    Plenty of parking, but the lot will fill up during lunch and dinner rush
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    It's a pretty good size place as far as barbecue places go, with plenty of tables, etc. You order at the counter, pay at the register and have a seat. The stuff they serve most is kept hot behind the counter and is dished out cafeteria-style while in line. Anything other than barbecue, slaw, etc. comes from the kitchen directly behind the counter and they bring it to the table.

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    Fairly extensive menu for this kind of place and it's all written on several boards hanging behind the counter. In the past, I've had the pork chops, which are some of my favorite on the planet. My girlfriend typically gets the fried shrimp which she says are always close to perfect. They've got fried fish, oysters, chicken and all the usual suspects like Brunswick Stew, etc. as well as fried bologna burgers, cheeseburgers and the like.

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    Honestly, I wasn't in the mood to delve deeper than the surface, so I went with the old standby - barbecue, fries and slaw. Yeah, I know, but it was what worked today.

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    Two different house sauces as well as Tabasco and Texas Pete
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    The barbecue was definitely up to their previous standards today. Moist, slightly smoky and very fresh tasting. Slaw is on the very slightly sweetish/creamy side and nothing to write home about, but not distracting either. Fries beat fast food by a long shot, but they're, you know, fries.

    The two sauces were one that looked like mostly plain cider vinegar and one that looked more interesting. As it turned out, the darker one was on the sweet side as far as I was concerned and brought nothing to the table, but the more clear one had a good bit more flavor and I kept going back to it. Not very spicy, but lots of flavor. Hushpuppies were fresh, hot and plentiful. You can go back for as many as you like.

    They have a selection of pre-packaged pie slices for desert. Don't know if they make them in house or bought outside, but they're good enough. Sweet potato, Chess, coconut cream, chocolate, etc.

    Glad I went back and they're definitely back on the list. Pretty good riding in the area and worth a stop if you're nearby. Probably good as a destination if you're not too far out either.

    Yelp review:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/bobs-barbecue-creedmoor
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  9. wb57

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    Went on a tag run into VA today and decided I'd try to find a barbecue place at random. Passed a sign for "Bone Suckerz", but the place had either been knocked down or burned down or something. The name had me a little scared anyway. Didn't know if it was a cutesy barbecue/ribs place or a East Coast version of a San Fransisco bath house... :huh :lol3

    Anyway, saw a place called Wilson's B-B-Q with a fairly full parking lot. It was about 4:15 and the sign said they didn't open until 5, but...

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    <address itemprop="address" itemscope="" itemtype="http://schema.org/PostalAddress"> 1224 W Danville St
    South Hill, VA 23970
    </address> (434) 447-7440

    Typically, I tend to think of VA barbecue places as restaurants that aren't necessarily dedicated barbecue joints, but something they just offer on the menu. This, although within a few miles of the NC border, was one of those places.

    The entire menu:
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    Lots of tasty sounding stuff on the menu and if I make it back there on the proper day, I really want to try the "Blacken Pork Chops". But, this is a barbecue thread, so...

    I ordered a "regular minced BBQ plate" for $6.99. Came with two sides. I ordered string beans and slaw.
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    Barbecue was pretty decent. Don't know if they do it there or not. I didn't check around back. Moist, fresh, decently seasoned. The slaw was good and obviously prepared onsite. Don't know why, but I prefer shredded to minced slaw. Some might call me a heretic for that, but it is what it is. This was very finely shredded and not at all overly sweet. Fresh and crisp. Very enjoyable. The string beans were done right. Cooked to within an inch of being something other than beans. Very easy to do them right from where I sit, but not enough folks outside the barbecue, southern home cooking places seem to have a clue.

    Now, the hushpuppies. Someone that knows these folks needs to go in there and tell them that YOU JUST DO NOT MICROWAVE OLD HUSHPUPPIES. Good Lord, folks. Do the regulars not know? Inexcusable. Seriously. Even the most horrible little joint knows better. Say you've run out. It's Virginia, say you've only got rolls or something, but, damn!

    Rant off

    Their sauces were homemade in western NC style. Picked up a bottle and thought this looks like ketchup with a bunch of vinegar dumped in. And, wouldn't you know it...
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    This was actually the better of the two sauces and not nearly as bad as I might be making it sound. For a ketchup based sauce, it was pretty decently seasoned. Not my favorite, but certainly not bad. The "mild" sauce on the other hand was seasoned with something that would probably work better in fruit cake. Truly awful by any standard. They also had Texas Pete, etc.
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    Bottom line:
    Some parts were better than I expected from a VA barbecue place - the barbecue and the sides - and some were worse. I would go back and try some other menu items without hesitation. Nice place for the most part. Good size. Plenty of parking. Decent service. Good south side Virginia riding in the area. Rural in every direction within a few miles.

    Yelp review:
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/wilson-bros-barbecue-south-hill
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  10. now it's just Al

    now it's just Al Long timer

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    :thumb. Knowing your feelings on VA BBQ, I was waiting to see how many oinks you didn't give :lol3

    I've always been pleased there, but I have simple, or maybe no taste buds :lol3:lol3

    You looking at this? http://www.smokechasing.com/home.aspx

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  11. wb57

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    Thanks!
    Someone pointed that out to me last year, but I was too late to get involved.

    I'd forgotten about it until you just now pointed it out.
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  12. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Great thread.:clap

    And cool Versys.:wink:
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    Thanks.
    Been an odd 2013 so far and haven't had much of a chance to go anywhere with this in a bit.
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    I was riding down to Kinston and passed King's BBQ in Snow Hill...onmy return I stopped in and had the bbq sandwich with Cole slaw and hushpuppies...since I was I the cage I only ate the hushpups'. They were good...sweet tasting...the sandwich I had later and it got soggy from the slaw...but the Q was very vinegary much like the BBQ Barn in Butner. BTW I'm told that there is also a BBQ Barn Louisburg as well...;) :D

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  15. wb57

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    Didn't know there was a Pink Pig in Louisburg. There are some really good spots out in the Kinston area though.
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    Yes there are .I'm told that King's also has restaurant in Kinston that's been around for many years... the place IH snow hill is pretty mew

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    On a related note, we just picked up a barbecue place as a client. They sent a "sample pack" back with one of the technicians yesterday. This is a good thing. :D
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    In Louisburg...on 56 not far from the jct. with 401 is this place...
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    This is my new favorite place...The Q is very vinegary and moist...the hushpuppies were striaght out of the fryer when i got 'em...hot and crispy and sweet...later when they cooled and had ridden home they got soft which is to be expected...the green beans were fresh and had a sweet taste as well...the cole slaw is homemade and had a very unique spice to it...loved it...this was the small platter ...Q 2 sides and hushpuppies for $6.50 and w/tax came to just abt $7.
    And i'll be coming back...this is really excellent eastern style Q...IMHO it dont get much better than this...you'll just have to try it for yo'sef...:wink: :deal :clap
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  19. wb57

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    Good deal! I've ridden by there a few times, but it always seems to be on a Sunday. I'll make it a point to head there intentionally.
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    BTW the small platter was enough for 2 meals...:deal
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