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2014/07/10 10:35:02 (permalink)

A Road-trip to the South

Where are the BBQ experts? I want to make an EPIC Southern Road-trip this summer. Advice? Where should I stop?
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 11:02:01 (permalink)
Have you checked out Roadfood threads on Barbeque?
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 12:09:56 (permalink)
You might also want to search the bbq restaurant reviews on this site and single out the 5-star reviews.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 12:45:27 (permalink)
I'll third the "seek out reviews here", but I'll also say to take a trip down to Alabama for the best BBQ pork and pies around. Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur, AL has some of the best 'que in the nation and a renowned pit master. Also hit up Bob Sykes in Bessemer, AL (west of Birmingham) for some of their BBQ and pies. They make the best lemon ice box and chocolate pies I've ever had. The 'que is just plain good, too. Head over to Tuscaloosa for some Dreamland BBQ. You could easily spend a week in Alabama just eating BBQ around the state. 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 15:07:39 (permalink)
A truly epic barbecue crawl must include the birthplace of 'cue: Eastern North Carolina.
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 16:31:08 (permalink)
http://www.ncbbqsociety.com/bbqmap/trail_map.html
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurants/SearchResults.aspx?st=latlong&latlongid=249&ob=LatLon
All 26 of these have been reviewed by Roadfooders
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 17:28:12 (permalink)
Depending on your travels....a Trip through Lockhart, Austin and Taylor on you way to Dallas could be fun too....
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 19:33:19 (permalink)
I'll chime in for my section of the country, which consists of a three-county section in western Kentucky that serves barbecued mutton.  Once tried, most (but not all) people like it.  It's sort of like a sponge; it absorbs the flavor better than beef or pork.  And its smoked for many hours before being served.
 
Moonlite Inn and Old Hickory Bar-B-Q in Owensboro; Thomason's Bar-B-Q in Henderson; Peak Bros. Bar B-Q in Waverly are the main destinations.  Moonlite and Thomason's are featured on this site's restaurants; maybe the others will be someday.
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 22:40:07 (permalink)
I'd say focus on one or two of the real classic areas. 
 
Texas, Alabama, Memphis, North Carolina.  I'll throw in Owensboro, TN as a stop if it's in your line of travel.
 
I don't know much about Georgia bbq, but can say that South Carolina barbecue is pretty much a waste of time. 
 
Virginia might be a decent addition to the list.
 
Once you decide what area to focus on it would be easier to get recommendations.  Otherwise you'll literally be all over the map. 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 23:06:54 (permalink)
Give us  more specific states. "The South" covers a lot of territory
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/10 23:45:25 (permalink)
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I'd say focus on one or two of the real classic areas. 
 
Texas, Alabama, Memphis, North Carolina.  I'll throw in Owensboro, TN as a stop if it's in your line of travel.
 
I don't know much about Georgia bbq, but can say that South Carolina barbecue is pretty much a waste of time. 
 
Virginia might be a decent addition to the list.
 
Once you decide what area to focus on it would be easier to get recommendations.  Otherwise you'll literally be all over the map. 


I certainly don't agree that South Carolina barbecue is a waste of time. I love it.
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/11 00:01:32 (permalink)
Virginia is a barbecue wasteland compared with other southern states. Real barbecue is not common in the commonwealth...
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/11 09:51:06 (permalink)
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Virginia is a barbecue wasteland compared with other southern states. Real barbecue is not common in the commonwealth...

 
Yep, Virginia isn't in the same league with other southern states, but there really are some pretty good Q-joints in the state and new ones are opening all the time.
http://blog.virginia.org/2013/05/17-virginia-bbq-joints-youre-going-to-love/
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/11 10:14:21 (permalink)
Jim in NC
Virginia is a barbecue wasteland compared with other southern states. Real barbecue is not common in the commonwealth...


But Buz and Ned's in Richmond is great. I don't know about the rest of the state.
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/11 12:31:11 (permalink)
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Virginia is a barbecue wasteland compared with other southern states. Real barbecue is not common in the commonwealth...


But Buz and Ned's in Richmond is great. I don't know about the rest of the state.
 


And Tuffy Stone, the pit-master/owner of the several "Q" BBQ restaurants in and around Richmond is on several 'foodie shows'. 
 
(No hate, I like them both, but then, so are Guy Fieri and Adam Richman).
 
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Truth is, really good barbecue is spreading around the USA just like really good pizza. 
And, not only is Virginia part of the USA it's really close to North Carolina.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/11 12:48:13 (permalink)
I've had great Virginia BBQ, sadly Buz and Neds wasn't it, the sides were excellent, the ribs were just "OK" and the pulled pork was dismal. on the other hand - Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, Q Bbq in Richmond (although it's not considered true Virginia style) and Hillbilly Reds in Sandston (near the Richmond Airport) were excellent (although the sides at Hillbilly Red's suffered)
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/12 11:00:14 (permalink)
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I've had great Virginia BBQ, sadly Buz and Neds wasn't it, the sides were excellent, the ribs were just "OK" and the pulled pork was dismal. on the other hand - Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, Q Bbq in Richmond (although it's not considered true Virginia style) and Hillbilly Reds in Sandston (near the Richmond Airport) were excellent (although the sides at Hillbilly Red's suffered)
 


I've had the ribs and the pulled pork at Buz and Ned's and I thought both were great. It's certainly one of the highlights of all the barbecue I've had.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/12 13:38:51 (permalink)
I highly recommend King's Famous BBQ in Petersburg Virginia on South Crater Rd. Everything is delicious, you won't be disappointed.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/12 17:31:55 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Twinwillow 2014/07/23 21:26:25
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... but can say that South Carolina barbecue is pretty much a waste of time. 
 


I certainly don't agree that South Carolina barbecue is a waste of time. I love it.




This place is MOST DEFINITELY on my list for my next Myrtle Beach golf-a-poluza:
 

 
 
 
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 08:47:24 (permalink)
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I've had great Virginia BBQ, sadly Buz and Neds wasn't it, the sides were excellent, the ribs were just "OK" and the pulled pork was dismal. on the other hand - Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, Q Bbq in Richmond (although it's not considered true Virginia style) and Hillbilly Reds in Sandston (near the Richmond Airport) were excellent (although the sides at Hillbilly Red's suffered)
 


I've had the ribs and the pulled pork at Buz and Ned's and I thought both were great. It's certainly one of the highlights of all the barbecue I've had.



I guess we have a difference of opinion. I went with Buffetbuster about 4 years ago and neither of us cared for the bbq, I've had much better elsewhere.. The sweet potato fries and fried apples were were really good though.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 09:51:01 (permalink)
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I've had great Virginia BBQ, sadly Buz and Neds wasn't it, the sides were excellent, the ribs were just "OK" and the pulled pork was dismal. on the other hand - Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, Q Bbq in Richmond (although it's not considered true Virginia style) and Hillbilly Reds in Sandston (near the Richmond Airport) were excellent (although the sides at Hillbilly Red's suffered)
 


I've had the ribs and the pulled pork at Buz and Ned's and I thought both were great. It's certainly one of the highlights of all the barbecue I've had.



I guess we have a difference of opinion. I went with Buffetbuster about 4 years ago and neither of us cared for the bbq, I've had much better elsewhere.. The sweet potato fries and fried apples were were really good though.


You're right, we do have a difference of opinion. I think I've been there three different times and have loved it each time.
 
I think I've mentioned before how strange I find it that you can read two reviews of a restaurant and they can be so completely different. I also find that in my Orchestra, how two highly trained musicians can have utterly different viewpoints of conductors, soloists, phrasing, repertoire, everything. It's fascinating, if not a bit frustrating.
 
Oh, and I went to Pierce's on my first trip to Richmond and I much preferred Buz and Ned's.
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 10:30:05 (permalink)
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I've had great Virginia BBQ, sadly Buz and Neds wasn't it, the sides were excellent, the ribs were just "OK" and the pulled pork was dismal. on the other hand - Pierce's Pitt BBQ in Williamsburg, Q Bbq in Richmond (although it's not considered true Virginia style) and Hillbilly Reds in Sandston (near the Richmond Airport) were excellent (although the sides at Hillbilly Red's suffered)
 


I've had the ribs and the pulled pork at Buz and Ned's and I thought both were great. It's certainly one of the highlights of all the barbecue I've had.


Agreed - Buzz & Ned's rocked.
 
Pierce's was awful.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 10:33:12 (permalink)
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I guess we have a difference of opinion. I went with Buffetbuster about 4 years ago and neither of us cared for the bbq, I've had much better elsewhere.. The sweet potato fries and fried apples were were really good though.


I wouldn't pick any Yinzer as an authority on good barbecue. Especially that one.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 10:36:38 (permalink)
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I guess we have a difference of opinion. I went with Buffetbuster about 4 years ago and neither of us cared for the bbq, I've had much better elsewhere.. The sweet potato fries and fried apples were were really good though.


I wouldn't pick any Yinzer as an authority on good barbecue. Especially that one.


I had to look that up to see what it meant!
 
Another example for me is the Old Hickory House in Charlotte. I went there on my trip last August and thought it was mediocre at best, really not good at all. But there's a very good review of it on this site. Is it just difference in taste, what people are used to or expecting?
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 12:23:07 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2014/07/13 17:28:27
I've been to more than 280 BBQ places in the southeast.  They're all on this map, with links to my stories about them, even the ones that have since shut.  There are many hundreds more to visit, but you could do a lot worse than this as a resource:
 
http://www.communitywalk....t_barbecue/map/1476741
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 13:28:16 (permalink)
Great map Heartbreaksoup
 
You do need a trip to Eastern NC.
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/13 17:39:10 (permalink)
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I've been to more than 280 BBQ places in the southeast.  They're all on this map, with links to my stories about them, even the ones that have since shut.  There are many hundreds more to visit, but you could do a lot worse than this as a resource:
 
http://www.communitywalk....t_barbecue/map/1476741


WOW!
 
And you are a fine writer and photographer as well! 
Thank you!
 
But JRPfeff is right, you need to get to Eastern North Carolina
(and maybe a few places in Texas).
 
But I'm thinking that a man of your taste and erudition is simply
saving the best for last!
 
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I really enjoyed your write-up of Scott's in Hemingway, SC.
 
 
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/14 02:05:52 (permalink)
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I've been to more than 280 BBQ places in the southeast.  They're all on this map, with links to my stories about them, even the ones that have since shut.  There are many hundreds more to visit, but you could do a lot worse than this as a resource:
 http://www.communitywalk....t_barbecue/map/1476741

VERY IMPRESSIVE!
You need to put all of this in a Book!
You'll have a bestseller.
"Gone with the Que"!
BTW What is "Mull"?
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/14 03:28:29 (permalink)
Eastern NC is coming soon - I'm spending a couple of days at all the best-known places in November.
 
Chicken mull is a dish made with chicken, milk, butter, and some seasonings.  Some of the best places around Athens serve it, and the Danielsville Volunteer Fire Department has a huge shindig every February where they serve it to hundreds.  It's also sold as chicken stew at The Beacon in Spartanburg SC:
http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/mull
 
As for Texas, kind of waiting on a little better return on the ad revenue to get us that far.  So tell your friends, like us on Facebook, etc.!  
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Re: A Road-trip to the South 2014/07/15 00:51:47 (permalink)
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... but can say that South Carolina barbecue is pretty much a waste of time. 
 


I certainly don't agree that South Carolina barbecue is a waste of time. I love it.




This place is MOST DEFINITELY on my list for my next Myrtle Beach golf-a-poluza:
 

 
 
 
 




Rodney can cook a hog, no doubt.  I would warn to not add sauce until you've tasted it...the sauce, that is.  It's a vinegar sauce but he uses an ingredient in it that's very off-putting to me.  The barbecue is best un-sauced. 
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