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Best BBQ caterer in Raleigh area?

fwbeach May 21, 2009 11:31 AM

Looking to host a pig pickin' with all the fixings for 75. Does anyone have a recommendation for someone that will come on site with the smoker (not just bring the bbq in pans and serve it, I can go pick it up if that's all I wanted).

  1. carolinadawg May 21, 2009 01:48 PM

    Allen and Son does it. In fact, I had them cater my wedding reception last year. They bring the whole pig on the smoker. We had bbq, fried chicken and side dishes for $12 per person, and it was outstanding. They have a 50 person minimum. Be sure and use the one between CH and Hillsborough, NOT the one near Pittsboro.

    1. Tehama May 24, 2009 06:39 AM

      Though located in Chapel Hill, I understand that The Barbecue Joint caters throughout the Triangle. They do lots of catering for UNC-CH and I have always loved! their 'que.

      The Barbecue Joint
      630 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill, NC - (919) 932-7504

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        snakeyes May 25, 2009 04:33 PM

        kudos to carolinadawg. Allen and Son is the alpha/omega, be all end all of NC BBQ. The best, and I've had 'em all.

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        1. re: snakeyes
          Jesco May 26, 2009 12:47 PM

          Clyde Coopers will cook and bring a pig still on the grill.

        2. meatn3 May 27, 2009 10:36 AM

          While I wouldn't rate them as the best, I have been very pleasantly surprised by BBQ Lodge two years in a row. I do not care for their restaurant, but their on site catering is decent. The function I've attended has the whole hog (part chopped, the rest left to be pulled on the grill), fried chicken, slaw, beans, potatoes, hush puppies and dinner rolls. The pork was moist, nicely seasoned and delicious. Chicken was pretty good, slaw was fine, beans ok. I skipped the rest...trying to spend my calories wisely!

          I was at a pig picking catered by Poole's Diner this winter. Was not blown away. Desserts were way, way, way too sweet. Pork over cooked. Vinegar sauce had huge dried peppers which were a hazard for the heat-shy while dining in low light situation. Sides were fine, but not memorable. After so many rave reviews of the restaurant (which I have yet to try) my expectations were high.

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