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Ken's in Goldsboro...a competitor to Wilbur's?

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Westy Oct 7, 2013 10:55 AM

On an elevator ride out in Asheville, I was talking to some native NCers who said they from near Goldsboro. I mentioned Wilbur's and they busted out laughing when i said it was supposed to be the best in the area. They recommended...Ken's Grill. Anybody heard of it?

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  1. carolinadawg RE: Westy Oct 7, 2013 12:25 PM

    Wilbur's is very good BBQ...the best? I don't know that there is a such a place. Wilber's certainly isn't even close to laughable.

    Ken's is in Lagrange, between Goldsboro and Kinston. I've never been. It has been mentioned and recommended on here before. Hopefully Naco or another eastern NC expert can comment first hand.

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      Guilty Gourmand RE: Westy Oct 7, 2013 04:25 PM

      Like Carolinadawg, I've never had the BBQ at Ken's Grill. I recall having gotten a burger there many, many years ago but honestly don't recall much about it. I do know it has its fans in general and not just for BBQ. As noted, I've never heard anyone describe Wilber's as laughable and also never heard any of the harder core bbq experts around rank Ken's as even in the same league as Wilber's, much less better than Wilber's. Maybe Grady's but not Ken's . . . .

      1. JayL RE: Westy Oct 7, 2013 09:11 PM

        The same person that laughs at Wilbur's recommends a place that doesn't cook with wood.

        Kens isn't bad, don't get me wrong...but it ain't wood cooked to my limited knowledge.

        1. Naco RE: Westy Oct 8, 2013 12:47 PM

          Ken's was written up as a gas-cooker in the Holy Smoke book by Reed from a few years back. I've been past it a bunch of times but never stopped because they only do barbecue a couple of days out of the week.

          The problem with going with the vox populi on this stuff is that it's the vox populi supporting all of the mediocre gas-cooking places.

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            boaviagem RE: Naco Oct 8, 2013 06:25 PM

            Vox Populi? Is that a brand of bbq sauce?

            The Colbert Report
            "Each individual state should decide what is and isn't poisonous. For example, what we in my home state of South Carolina consider a deadly toxin, people in North Carolina call barbecue sauce."

            At 56 sec mark of video at
            http://on.cc.com/1aj1qJl

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              carolinadawg RE: boaviagem Oct 8, 2013 07:02 PM

              "...what we in my home state of South Carolina consider a deadly toxin, people in North Carolina call barbecue sauce."

              And vice-versa.

              Not that I'd consider taking BBQ tips from Monsieur Colbert.

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                JayL RE: boaviagem Oct 8, 2013 08:30 PM

                That idiot doesn't even realize the same sauces from NC also compromise a large region of his home state of SC. His "funny" is only funny to idiots like him that don't know any better.

                I guess his idea of bbq sauce is 1 cup of mustard combined with 3 cups of sugar...voila, bbq sauce. LoL

                Then the dolt would suggest you cook a dry ass ham that was not seasoned with anything but air and smother it with said sauce to give the resulting bbq some moisture and a semblance of taste.

                Yeah...I don't think I'll go with what he said...

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                  ToothTooth RE: JayL Oct 9, 2013 07:19 AM

                  Oh, no! I guess I'm an idiot because I find Colbert to be whip smart, well informed and very hilarious. Some people don't enjoy biting satire but, to each his own. The moderators here should correctly start cleaning this thread very shortly.....

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