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Jul 26, 2013 10:16 AM

Keaton's Barbecue

I would like to stop at Keaton's on our way from Cleveland, OH to Emerald Isle, NC if the timing works out. I'm thinking of trying to get there before they close at 2 p.m. (it's about a 7 hour drive) but won't be eating until we get to EI so it will be a good 4-6 hours before we get to it. Can anyone tell me if the chicken reheats well or does it get soggy? Thanks for any advice on the best way to reheat.

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  1. I've never been able to try them because their hours can be variable. Call first to double check that they are actually open on that day!

    1. I would suggest re-heating in a high heat oven - like 450 or more. You'll be fine... just get you some more Keaton's sauce to sprinkle on them babies. It's alll good. Enjoy!

      1. Timing worked out great and got to Keaton's just at 5 p.m. We shared a 1/2 chicken dinner with coleslaw and potato salad and got a whole chicken to go. Fabulous! Warmed up the whole chicken the next day per lynnlato's advice and it was fabulous too.

        Great NC trip from this Cleveland, OH chowhound. Finally made it it to Lexington #1 after trying for the 4th time to get there when they were actually open (meatn3 - I feel your pain :)

        Should you ever find your way up north to Cleveland, OH, let me know. Thanks again for your help

        6 Replies
        1. re: kasw

          Yay! So glad you got you some Keaton's chicken AND some good cue at Lexington #1!! Well done kasw! I hope you bought some of Keaton's bbq sauce and Lexington's cue sauce to take with you to the beach and to take home with ya!

          If I make it up to Cleveland I will mos def take you up on your offer. (pssst, I'm a Jeni's Splendid ice cream fan). ;)

          1. re: lynnlato

            By coincidence, Keaton's is in Cleveland ... North Carolina.

            1. re: ickymettle

              Whoooaaaa ickymettle... that just blew my mind! ;)

              1. re: ickymettle

                That was a running joke the whole week in NC :)

              2. re: lynnlato

                Yes, I did get some of both sauces to take home. When vacationing, I ignore the souvenir shops and head to the grocery stores, markets, and restaurants.

                1. re: kasw

                  Good for you! Roast some chicken pieces and then toss them around in a bowl with the Keaton's and it will take ya right back to when you visited, minus the sassy counter people. ;)