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Feb 5, 2008 05:06 AM

Ole Time Barbecue, Raleigh

I usually try to keep my posts positive: What is great as opposed to what is not, but I have to make an exception here.

Tried Ole Time BBQ on Hillsborough St. yesterday for lunch. I had a half rack of baby backs with sides of cole slaw and potato salad.

The ribs: No hint of smoke or crust. The sauce was tart and sour. The meat was best described as "firm." I understand sauce in NC is often vinegar based, but this was really a mess

The potato salad was okay. A little sweet but not bad.

The cole slaw: Finely chopped and not bad. Also had a weird sweet taste to it.

Great atmosphere, disappointing product.


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  1. There's no smoke or bark because Ole Time roasts their pork without the benefit of wood.

    1. I used to eat lunch there at least once a week- quit going in about a year ago. I got tired of the bbq being cold. I mentioned it several times to Charlotte and Jerry and they'd always replace it, but they never did anything to fix the problem.
      Also, it got kind of tiresome being dunned for this or that benefit or charity all the time. I'm sure they're all good causes, but still...........

      6 Replies
      1. re: jiminea

        Jerry puts in a lot of hours and effort raising money for charity. If you don't like the food, you have the right to that opinion, but don't fault the man for trying to help kids and adults in the area. It would be great if we all did a little more of that.

        1. re: Suzy Q

          Aaah, it's for the chiiildren!

          1. re: jiminea

            I don't think sub-standard Q helps anyone, especially the chiiildren.

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              Then talk about BBQ, not slamming the man personally.

              1. re: Suzy Q

                Geez, relax. Nobody slammed him personally, he just stated he didn't appreciate what he regards as too much charitable solicitation.

                1. re: Suzy Q

                  If being solicited affects his dining experience he has every right to complain about it.

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