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
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 barbeque...at least in the CLT area
in no particular order...
McKoys Smokehouse and saloon (for lunch )
Old Hickory house
Outlaw bbq shack
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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