Blue Mist Barbecue near/in Asheboro NC on 64 - wood pile outside
We got lost on a road trip for NC barbecue in the RTP area. That's OK. I know 64, so we came that way home vs I40.
I noticed Blue Mist Barbecue on the drive on 64 and that there was a wood pile out back. Yum. After two stops for cue, I was full. And, my jeans won't fit if I stop at all of them.
Did a Google and also looked here. Found a little info. From what I could gather, this is a wood burner of barbecue. There's maybe another branch in Randleman, NC. Main issue I saw noted was they allowed smoking cigs which I don't mind.
Anyone know Blue Mist?
I am wondering about the name.
Also, wondering about the food, of course.
My kid is in college up that way, so I can do 40 or 64. Asheboro has a fabuous bagel shop but only breakfast and lunch. So, I'm wondering about an early trip next time up there and try out Blue Mist and get some bagels to carry home.
Any thoughts or input?
I read about it in Holy Smoke and we stopped a few weeks ago after hiking in the Uwharrie Nat'l Forest. We were too sweaty to stay long in public so we got it to go and ate in the parking lot.
We got a chopped plate and a few chopped sandwiches.
They do smoke w/ wood. Meat is smoky but on the bland side before you put sauce on. I suspect that the pulled may have a bit more flavor in it. The sandwiches were generous in size but the meat on them wasn't as fatty as I might've liked. Sauce is very good, as was the slaw. Sides looked good but we didn't get any. Onion rings, in particular, looked great on a table I walked past.
Good choice on 64 - that's a great drive, especially if you are sick of I40. Good roadside scenery.
I like the Blue Mist very much. Although I can't say the barbeque is really memorable, it is very good and the atmosphere is definitely retro. It's cheap, too, and the only negative is as you mentioned - lots of smoking by the patrons and not the pitmaster (NC is poised to eliminate restaurant smoking, though). I like it better than Stamey's, Short Sugar's, and Smithfield for sure.
They also have a old-school menu of non-BBQ items as well. We've eaten breakfast there and it was pretty good. Lots of "warmup, hon?" kind of local atmosphere. The name, the sign, and the 50s-style building alone make it worth a stop.
We've passed on the Blue Mist the last couple of times because there's a Cook-Out just down the road that has indoor seating, self-serve drink refills, and manager specials (like 99 cent milkshakes) that I've never seen in the usual drive-through version. There's nothing like a barbeque or footlong tray with an orange pushup shake eaten INSIDE instead of slopping it all over my shirt in the car. Next time, though, Blue Mist for sure.
I ate at the Blue Mist a couple of years ago when I was in the area to visit Seagrove. Here's what I wrote about it that night in an email to a friend.
"Ahhh. The barbeque. It was a bust. I was sorta in a hurry Saturday afternoon and when driving through Lexington on 64 I didn't see any BBQ places and I didn't really have time to look around for any. So I get to Asheboro, check in to the hotel, and then head over to Seagrove. After that I stopped by a Books A Million and picked up a copy of Bob Garner's Guide to NC BBQ. I see in it that there's only one BBQ place in Asheboro - the Blue Mist. So I go there for dinner. In the beginning I thought it would be okay since there were a lot of locals there. Well, from what I could see they were all locals. I ordered a chopped BBQ plate. It came and the Q was okay. Not great, but okay. There was a fly in my tea and I think that colored my whole experience there. The coleslaw was pretty good. The hush puppies okay. I still don't understand the whole hushpuppies with BBQ thing in NC. But I like them anyway so I'm good with it."
Blue Mist has decent barbecue, especially if you get it soon after it has been cooked. My boyfriend has had it a few times when they re-heated it from the day before, and said it was hard to eat. And you are correct that they have another restaurant in Randleman, which to me isn't as good as the Blue Mist on 64. However, I prefer Henry James barbecue, which is located more within the city of Asheboro on Fayetteville Street. The sauce that they have out on the tables is a bit spicy and very delicious, the fries are tasty, and the hush puppies (they will overload you with them) are some of my favorites. The downsides to Henry James are that it is more of a self-serve restaurant (you go up to the counter to get your order and refills) and I don't like their baked beans. However, the barbecue is the tastiest that I have had in the Asheboro area, so it makes up for it. Someone also mentioned Cook-Out; while their barbecue is cheap and tastes pretty good (they load it down with Texas Pete, yum), it is much more of a burger place and the barbecue isn't pit cooked there. It is more of a fast food restaurant, but is definitely my favorite in that category.
Henry James Bar B Que
2004 S Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC 27205
I apologize for kind of hijacking the thread. Our favorite place on 64 in Asheboro is Sir Pizza. I grew up in Asheboro and have loved Sir Pizza since high school. I don't know about the one Siler City, though. Go to the one in Asheboro. I believe it's right across from Dixie III, which was mentioned in another thread today. My first job was at Dixie Burger King, which was owned by the same family that started the Dixie restaurants. Anyone remember Dixie Burger King?
Pass on Blue Mist. I've never been that fond of their bbq, however as others have said there are other menu items that are pretty good.
If you continue west on 64 through Asheboro and before Mocksville, you'll see Tarheel Q on the left. I'm a pure eastern NC bbq guy, but the bbq at Tarheel Q is worth a visit every time.
I used to work at the one on Hwy 64..and it had decent food all in all,but the BBQ and the hush puppies rocked. The BBQ was always fresh and it was always spicy and hot without being burning hot...more taste and flavor then burn. This is after adding the sauce I should add...their sauce is good and adds to the flavor a lot. I remember when this place used to be a real drive in...curb hops and all that. they used to have a good breakfast as well as wonderful hot dogs...order them allthe way.
Blue Mist Bbq
319 W Academy St, Randleman, NC 27317