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Raleigh, NC. Where to go for ribs

chazzer Sep 12, 2013 08:27 AM

Don't go out for ribs much, but I have been asked by a friend to recommend a place. Any suggestions for dinner?

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  1. carolinadawg RE: chazzer Sep 12, 2013 09:27 AM

    On this existing thread, several posters recommend Smokey's in Morrisville:


    FYI, Smokey's is only open for dinner Thursday - Saturday and closes at 7:30 on Thursday and Friday and 7:00 on Saturday.

    Otherwise, maybe The Pit?

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      chazzer RE: carolinadawg Sep 12, 2013 10:18 AM

      Thanks I will pass it on to him. I thought of them but whenever I drove by in the evening they were closed. Must not have driven by on a Thurs-Sat.

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      burgeoningfoodie RE: chazzer Sep 12, 2013 12:24 PM

      The Pit does good job on ribs.

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        4ralphwiggum RE: chazzer Sep 30, 2013 09:08 PM

        At at the Pit, the waiter brought out my ribs and a knife and fork. I was like, "WTH?!!?"

        Ribs in NC = pot roast on the bone. Pass.

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          meatn3 RE: 4ralphwiggum Oct 1, 2013 05:56 AM

          Most NC bbq places are not rib spots. Try the ribs at Smokey's...

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            carolinadawg RE: 4ralphwiggum Oct 1, 2013 06:05 AM

            Pot Roast? NC BBQ = pork.

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              veganhater RE: 4ralphwiggum Oct 1, 2013 07:23 AM

              Pot roast? If you're lucky enough to get ribs from one of our better barbecue joints, it's certainly not something to pass on. I've been lucky enough to catch ribs at B's in Greenville twice, and they were pretty darn good.

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                ToothTooth RE: veganhater Oct 1, 2013 07:47 AM

                Well, its obviously not in Raleigh but Hillsborough BBQ Company outside of Chapel Hill does some really good ribs. I was just there for dinner this past Saturday evening.

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                  boaviagem RE: ToothTooth Oct 1, 2013 05:11 PM

                  Hillsborough BBQ Company is in Hillsborough and I agree they have very good ribs.

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                  veganhater RE: veganhater Oct 2, 2013 06:41 PM

                  Replying to my own post, soul food restaurants usually do a pretty good job with ribs in my neck of the woods. That being said, I don't know of any in Raleigh. Being it was a post about Raleigh ribs, I would second The Pit. Regardless of what you think of the restaurant, their ribs are very tasty and certainly Eastern NC in style (love it or leave it). Not sticky sauced and not overly smokey, but slow cooked and vinegar seasoned.

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                bbqme RE: chazzer Oct 2, 2013 02:02 PM

                There is a surprising and disappointing dearth of good rb places in the Triangle. I second the Smokey's and The Pit recommendations. However, I beleive both places use full slabs which can be too fatty-- I know Smokey's does for sure. I prefer the St. Louis cut. If he is willing to travel to Durham The Original Q Shack serves good SLC ribs. There's a Q Shack in Raleigh as well but I can't vouch for that one. The two partners on the venture split, with each taking one of the locations.

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                  burgeoningfoodie RE: bbqme Oct 3, 2013 01:00 PM

                  The Q Shack in Durham and in raleigh are NOT related. I can vouch for the Q shack in Durham too. I've been wanting some of their ribs. For those that are wondering.. St. louis cut is spare rib.

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                    bbqme RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 6, 2013 10:19 PM

                    I DIDN'T say they are related, only that they were partners at one time.

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                      burgeoningfoodie RE: bbqme Oct 7, 2013 07:50 AM

                      I know just letting the OP know.

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                        carolinadawg RE: burgeoningfoodie Oct 9, 2013 08:19 PM

                        Why would the OP's friend possibly care? bbqme made it clear they had separate ownership.

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