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Jul 1, 2011 07:32 PM

Charlotte BBQ

Hi everyone. I'm visiting from South Florida and hope to try some BBQ tomorrow. I'm in Fort Mill and am wondering where I should go and what I should eat. Definitely not a bbq expert but hear its good in this area. Thanks!

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  1. NC and SC do have great BBQ, unfortunately though, theres no great 'q in Charlotte. The
    best in Charlotte are Old Hickory House for an old school, traditional type place, and
    Midwood Smoke House for a newer style place, with lots of side item choices, micro-brews, etc.
    They both cook with wood, which is essential to producing real bbq, imo.

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    1. re: Cdawg123

      You might want to fix the links here, if you know how, as the "places mentioned" in the map to the right of your post are not the ones you are talking about.

      1. re: Cdawg123

        Is Bill Spoons not up to snuff? I haven't yet moved to CLT and have never tried it, but t seems to be the only place in the metro doing no-frills eastern NC style 'Q.

        1. re: mikeh

          I've only been once, but was not impressed. If they burn wood, I could taste it in the 'q. I suppose I should give them another try sometime.

            1. re: brentk

              Meant to say, of course, that I couldn't taste any smoke. As I'm sure you agree, if it's not cooked over wood or charcoal, it ain't bbq.

              1. re: Cdawg123

                I ended up at Bill Spoons. Since I don't really eat bbq it tasted really good to me. My Dad's chicken was severely overcooked though. The hushpuppies and sweet tea are worth being fat for!

          1. re: Cdawg123

            I just tried the BBQ at Midwood Smokehouse last week and I have to say it was very good! I had the pulled pork sandwich and a side of baked beans. The pork was moist and very flavorful. The Eastern NC style sauce could use a little more zip. But I loved the beans - chunks of pork mixed in gave them a great smokey flavor. My co-worker had their brisket sandwich. I am a native Texan, so I am very picky. I had a taste, though, and I have to say it is superior to Mac's Speed shop (where many in Charlotte think you can get the best). In fact, I enjoyed this new spot so much, I sent my 20 year old son and his friend for dinner that night. They are both big Mac's fans and they declared Midwood Smokehouse the clear winner.


            Mac's Speed Shop
            2511 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

          2. Here is the Charlotte Observers latest info on BBQ. It is, I believe, incomplete as to wood fired BBQ purveyors. I do believe that shops still using wood have to be found by word of mouth. These places don't have huge advertising budgets and they lean towards being a community place, not really looking to draw in the hoards. One that I know of is the Red Pig in Jerusalem NC. It is located at the intersection of NC 601 and NC 801 just north of beautiful downtown Cooleemee NC. Here is their info: Red Pig Bar-B-Q House
            7136 Nc Highway 801 S
            Mocksville, NC (336) 284-4650
            I have not been that way in a few years, but I did find a recent "yelp" review so I know that they are still around. As good as it used to be? Let me know when you get there.

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            1. re: Sam at Novas

              I had lunch at the Red Pig yesterday after reading this post. Had a chopped sandwich, hush puppies and a side of crowder peas. The BBQ was ok, certainly not great. Somewhat dry, no extra dip offered and very little smoke flavor, although they apparently do use wood. If you happen to be driving by, it's ok, but not the kind of place worth seeking out.

              Red Pig Cafe
              1480 Concord Pkwy N, Concord, NC 28025

            2. I'm surprised no one mentioned McKoy's Smokehouse on Old Pineville Rd. They cook over wood and use only local pork and veggies. It's a biker bar, but the cue is pretty good, IMHO, and so is the slaw, wings, etc. Johnny Cash playing as you eat a plate of wood-smoked cue and drink a beer, well, that's a good experience by my standards.


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              1. re: lynnlato

                McKoy's Smokehouse has amazing wings. First smoked and then finished on the grill. Best wings I ever had.
                Midwood smokehouse is really doing a fantastic job. Excellent sides. Really tasty ribs and hands down the best brisket in town. This brisket is as good as what I experienced in Texas.

                1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                  I've enjoyed what I've had there as well. Enjoyed the play on the Cuban Sandwich myself.

              2. my inlaws live in CLT so i visit every once in a while...
                and between them and some yelp friends i have made they suggest...
                as far as least in the CLT area
                in no particular order...

                Johnnys Barbeque
                McKoys Smokehouse and saloon (for lunch )
                Old Hickory house
                Outlaw bbq shack
                R&R Barbeque
                Bubbas Barbeque
                Macs speedshop

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                1. re: srsone

                  I was just in CLT and went to R&R twice. It was extremely good! We ordered ribs, bbq chicken and the pulled pork in our group and everyone was very pleased with the food. The hushpuppies are wonderful and the banana pudding was delicious. Great service too!

                2. I'd posted previously about a sampling of barbecue from Rock Store Bar-B-Q, two locations near Charlotte. Wonder if anyone else has tried them. What I tried had been refrigerated overnight and came from the Stallings location.

                  Mint Hill Rock Store Bar-B-Q
                  7032 Brighton Park Drive Suite 200, Mint Hill, NC 28104

                  Rock Store Bar-B-Q
                  3116 Old Monroe Rd, Stallings, NC 28104

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                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    I went to the one in Stallings - not impressed