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Is there any restaurant in this area that features western North Carolina barbecue?

Amy Hotz

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.

Here’s a great recipe for western N.C. barbecue.

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.”)

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7 Responses to “ Is there any restaurant in this area that features western North Carolina barbecue?”

  1. On October 4, 2009 at 9:21 am debra taylor wrote:

    STICKY FINGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. On October 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm laidypady wrote:

    Just gotta say,,,none better than JACKSON’S…stopped by there a few weeks ago. If I lived in town I would eat there at least once a week….and btw??? It’s our style…good ole NC southeastern.

  3. On October 4, 2009 at 9:50 pm John wrote:

    Anyone who would put ketchup on cooked pig and give it to a child is capable of doing almost anything!

  4. On October 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm Christie Hales Jones wrote:

    People, people, oh my goodness. I can’t believe anyone actually asked this question! As someone who has been held captive in Wetern NC for 40years I can assure you, YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW THE ANSWER TO THIS! I am not even sure they use a pig up here. If I had a Jackson”s anywhere near here I would fall to my knees and give thanks everyday! Alas, I only get “real” Q when I am released for a couple of weeks in the summer and can make it back to anywhere in the southeastern part of the state.

  5. On November 29, 2009 at 1:54 am Kenny Ramsey wrote:

    Isn’t western North Carolina bbq made from possums covered with ketchup?

  6. On November 29, 2009 at 10:16 am JJTaylor wrote:

    I miss Sonny’s bbq down south, I’m not a big fan of the Eastern NC BBQ, Vinegar UGHH! I have to resort to getting my sauces shipped up here.

  7. On July 14, 2010 at 10:35 am abyrd189 wrote:

    I am SO happy somebody asked this question, I totally agree! We need some western BBQ joints out here. Barb-a- Cutie was a good one until it went out of business. Eastern NC bbq is gross, vinegar soaked, garbage that I wont touch. Give me some good old tomato and molasses based bbq, and im good to go. Ive gotten in many many arguements with locals at my office that eastern NC bbq is the best. I wholeheartedly disagree!

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