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Barbecue in Lexington, NC, Need help!

rattango Jul 6, 2012 03:02 PM

I'm in Lexington for the weekend and was disappointed to discover that Lexington #1 is closed. Can anyone suggest any place that might be on a par. Thanks.

  1. carolinadawg Jul 6, 2012 03:22 PM

    Try Cooks or BBQ Center, if they are open.

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      mikeh Jul 6, 2012 04:49 PM

      Smiley's cooks over wood. They're open on Sundays too.


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      1. re: mikeh
        rattango Jul 19, 2012 08:37 AM

        Thanks, for your replies and suggestions. Sorry for my late report.

        We ended up trying two places -- Speedy's (which was strongly suggested by someone we knew locally) and BBQ Center.

        First, neither my wife nor I had ever had Carolina barbecue before, so take anything we say with a grain of salt (or two). My wife likes cole slaw on a pastrami sandwich, I don't, but we figured we'd try it as it seems the preferred way to prepare barbecue pork sandwiches. The slaw was very different from what we are accustomed to.

        That all being said, we did not really enjoy Speedy's. Just didn't have a really good pork flavor. The pork at BBQ Center was excellent.

        Fries at both places, however, could use work :) Soggy is just, well, wrong!

        Again, thanks for helping us out. It was really appreciated.

        1. re: rattango
          mikeh Jul 19, 2012 09:23 AM

          I know some others on CH don't think it makes a difference, but I don't believe Speedy's cooks over wood anymore, so you were getting gas-cooked barbecue.

          1. re: mikeh
            Hushpuppy Jul 19, 2012 11:06 AM

            You are correct. Speedy's is not a wood burner. The flavor profie of wood cooked barbecue differs from gas, electric or even charcoal cooked pork. Bar-B-Q Center is a wood burner and produces some of the best barbecue in the area.

            Speedy's does have good hushpuppies and cheeseburgers.

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