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Apr 25, 2011 03:17 PM

Little Richard’s Barbecue in Winston-Salem

After Winkler Bakery and P B’s Takeout, next stop on Friday’s quickie tour of Winston-Salem was a stop at the original Little Richard’s Bar-B-Que on Country Club Road.

Even before noon, all the tables were taken.

My host suggested that we eat in the pick-up truck to give me the full redneck experience. But I opted for the picnic table around the side with the view of the parking lot and Marco’s Car Wash & Lube.

Really wet, just carrying the sandwich from the counter to the table, the bun was soaked through. Bill added a few shakes of Texas Pete’s hot sauce. Other than that, this was regular chopped, as seasoned by the kitchen.

Coarse chopped is an option on the menu, but we didn’t order it. My first taste of Lexington-style BBQ left my mouth parched, despite the wetness added to the chopped pork by the slaw and sauce. I was really struck by how lean the meat was and the lack of natural moisture. It felt very cotton-y and fibrous on the palate. Bill suggested that this sandwich needed more dip, but I wanted to taste it as presented first. Also, it had little smoke or wood influence, basically tasted like dried-out roast pork.

My take-away lesson from Little Richard’s was three-fold:

1) Order coarse chopped and ask for some outside brown
2) Add more sauce/dip to the meat if it needs it for flavor and moisture
3) I don’t like the slaw and meat in the same mouthful. The flavors clash to my taste and I prefer them as alternating bites.

Little Richard’s is Bill’s go-to place in Winston-Salem. I’m glad I had a chance to try it, but it wasn’t going to make me a fan of Lexington-style.

Little Richard’s slideshow (click on “show info” for captions

Little Richard's Bar-B-Que
4885 Country Club Rd, Winston Salem, NC 27104

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  1. Hopefully you can wash your mouth out with some Pete Jones' Skylight Inn tomorrow! (I would also swing by Bum's, also in Ayden, just to sample or takeout a side of their collards, green beans, or rutabagas - you won't find better country-style veggies anywhere in the entire state. They use a special type of collards called "cabbage collards" only grown in that county, and the seeds are guarded like the Coca-Cola recipe).

    5 Replies
    1. re: mikeh

      I tried 3 others in Lexington that were better or maybe I got better at ordering.

      BUT, I'll say that my stop just now at Wilber's has restored my faith in NC BBQ. I enjoyed that so much more. On to Skylight Inn!

      Wilber's Barbecue
      4172 US Hwy 70 E, Goldsboro, NC 27534

      Skylight Inn
      4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC

      Skylight Inn
      1501 Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        The nice thing about eastern style is you don't have to worry about all that inside baseball ordering lingo.

        1. re: Naco

          Haha, agreed! "Plate or sandwich?" is pretty much the only lingo you have to know. :)

          1. re: Naco

            Ha! Talk atcha later.

            Skylight Inn tray

            Skylight Inn
            4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC

          2. re: Melanie Wong

            Melanie -- If you are reading this at Skylight, be sure to check out the incredible smoking building in the back toward the right. Amazing technology! Much more than a "pit".