I’d like to answer this question with another question: “Why would a restaurant around here serve Western barbecue?”
North Carolinians, I think it’s safe to say, know their pigs. And we know how to cook them. My philosophy is, the east was settled first so we’ve had longer in the trial-and-error process of better barbecue. And we determined the vinegar-based variety is best.
Westerners use more of a tomato-based barbecue. Folks in these parts call it ketchup. And we think it hides the taste of the pig, whereas vinegar brings it out.
But this is MyReporter, so now that I’ve described the difference between eastern and western North Carolina barbecue, I’ll answer your question with a little research.
I called Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue on Kerr Ave. They do not serve Western N.C. style barbecue. And although they were very nice, you could tell the question was prickly. Others I called that stay strictly eastern include: A&G Barbecue & Chicken in Carolina Beach., Flipp’s Barbeque House on Oleander Drive, Parchie’s Barbeque on Princess Street, and Smithfield’s Chicken’n Barb-B-Q (on Market Street and 17th Street),
But the questioner is looking for western. Carolina BBQ (with locations in Murrayville and on College Road), known for its massive buffet, has both vinegar and tomato-based barbecues available.
Casey’s Buffet Barbecue & Home Cookin’, 5559 Oleander Drive, does not serve Western N.C. barbecue, but a chef said he has some homemade sauce he can whip up if requested.
Pink Pig Cafe, 124 Princes St., sells its pork barbecue in the Eastern style. But it has a tomato-based beef barbecue. And, interestingly enough, the cafe also sells a barbecue slaw. If you’re a foodie, you might want to check that out.
StarNews food critic Liz Biro ate some Western cue at Barbecue House (http://www.bestbbqonthebeach.com/) in Oak Island. Read the review here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20070521/NEWS/701180314
I may have missed someone, and if I did, please post your details below.
For more information about this subject, visit the North Carolina Barbecue Society’s web site, www.ncbbqsociety.com. (The society even has its own newsletter, “NCBS Pig Tales.”)
Date posted: October 2, 2009
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