Second tier Q places in Carolinas
- michael b
Slightly different idea.
Places you have visited that are perhaps good to great and yet not in the Bridges, Stamey's or Lex #1 quality OR fame realm.
I travel the Carolinas all the time and would be happy to explore new places and then report on the
Just posted this earlier today under another previous thread. I would like to nominate Bull Hawg's Barbecue in Pauline, SC (9 m S of Spartanburg.) Small place and only open Tues-Sat 11-7 and it's out in the country (sounds like Sweatman's) but the guy who owns it runs it like a mother hen. Ate there for lunch yesterday and the lot was full of construction trucks (the workers knew where to go.) Usually get a chopped plate and everything (Q, slaw and beans) was great. The cobbler is way above average IMHO, and I always get some to go, too. Limited menu--no hush puppies or Brunswick stew. Web site bullhawgsbbq.com
I'll place Carolina Barbecue of Greenwood, SC, near the top of any I've tried. They're located behind a strip shopping center on Montague Avenue in Greenwood so I'd call (864 229 6193) for directions. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and maybe carry-out only. I've had the pulled pork and the hash and they are both excellent. Cole slaw is exceptional as well.
My brother-in-law has eaten their ribs and says they too are good.
[Not affiliated with any other "Carolina Barbecue" (of which there are several around SC) and is certainly better than the "Carolina Barbecue" in Spartanburg,which is not that bad, but inconsistent.]
If you want to include those who cook over gas (a far inferior product), I think the following places represent gas cooked cue fairly well in the Piedmont:
Gary's in China Grove has a nice Lexington style dressing.
Lancasters in Mooresville gives you a slug of food. I like their hot wing and barbeque combo.
Neither place is worth goiong out of your way to visit. but, if you happen to be passing by on the interstate and you're hungry, they will give you cue as good as can be cooked over gas.
Another note: If you're a golfer, spend an afetrnoon in Mooresvile where the front nine of the local municipal golf course was designed by none other than Donald Ross back in the 1920. The course is vintage Ross with a big tree in nthe middle of the first fairway 75 yards off the tee box.
Now, if you cross I-85 down into South Carolina, by all means, be sure to pull into Greenville and make a stop at Henry's Smokehouse. It serves great SC Barbeque cooked over smoke with a slightly sweeter tomato barbeque sauce. IMO, Henry's is one of the most underated barbeque places in the southeast.
If you make it down to Orangeburg, SC. Drive into town and ask for directions to Dukes Barbeque. Go to the one down by the Pepsi plant. Skip the one a couple of miles off I-26.
They have an all you can eat buffet of pulled pork bearbeque, hash and rice, fried chicken, veggies, dessert and sweet tea or lemonade for $5.75. IMO, it is one of th best purveyors of lowcountry style que.
Bullock's, in Durham, is not to be missed, although you'll probably have to wait in a long line to get in when the doors open for lunch at 11:30. Yes, they cook with gas, but everything is consistently excellent! The Q is good, the fried chicken to die for, good Brunswick Stew, fries, slaw, green beans, etc. It's a great place to go with a group and eat family style.