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buffetbuster

Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 12/23/08 3:18 PM (permalink)
Just about my favorite Roadfood places to visit are bbq parlors in the South.  Not just for the great pork bbq, but you can usually count on some kind of tribute to the pig itself.  Whether it is in the sign outside or figurines on a shelf, happy, dancing pigs usually mean really good 'que!  Here are some of my favorites:
 
Bridges Barbecue Lodge - Shelby, NC


The Pink Pig Restaurant - Levy, SC


 
Corky's - Memphis, TN



 
The Little Dooey - Starkville, MS




Duke's Barbecue - Walterboro, SC 
 






Johnny Ray's - Birmingham, AL

 

Rendezvous - Memphis, TN 

 
Sweatman's - Holly Hill, SC





 
Bunn's Bar-B-Q - Windsor, NC

 
Leonard's - Memphis, TN



 
Melear's - Fayetteville, GA


 
Abe's - Clarksdale, MS






 
Bubba's Barbecue - Eureka Springs, AR


 
Brick Pit - Mobile, AL

 
Wilber's Barbecue - Goldsboro, NC

 
A & R Bar-B-Que - Memphis, TN



 
Po Pigs Bo-B-Q - Edisto Island, SC


 
Bob Sykes Bar-B-Que - Bessemer, AL



 
Jerry's Drive-in - Pensacola, FL

 
Westside Bar-B-Que - New Albany, MS




 
Interstate Bar-B-Q - Memphis, TN



 
Shaw's Barbecue House - Williamston, NC

 
Sgt. White's Diner - Beaufort, SC


Payne's - Memphis, TN

<message edited by buffetbuster on Tue, 03/3/09 3:41 PM>
 
#1
    Foodosaurus

    Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 12/23/08 3:27 PM (permalink)
    Oh man!  I appreciate the homage to the pig.... but without showing any picks of the "Que" its a bit of a tease....
     
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      The Travelin Man

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      Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 12/23/08 3:29 PM (permalink)
      Fabulous!!!  I enjoy a happy pig as much as the next guy.

      This is not a BBQ parlor, but one of my favorite lunch stops close to home.

      Rolli's Pork Loin Extraordinaire - Melbourne, FL



       
      #3
        buffetbuster

        Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 12/23/08 3:31 PM (permalink)
        TTM-
        Very much still in editing phase, but I was going to mention that it would be great if others would contribute their own oinkilicious photos.  Yours is a beaut!!!
        <message edited by buffetbuster on Tue, 12/23/08 3:34 PM>
         
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          The Travelin Man

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          Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 12/23/08 3:32 PM (permalink)
          If you are a fan of "Happy Pig" pictures, in general, flickr has a group dedicated to such.

          "Happy Ham" photo pool
           
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            DougS

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            Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 12/23/08 8:46 PM (permalink)
            I rather enjoyed seeing all those signs and memorabilia buffetbuster. Thank you, for taking the time to point out some good BBQ places.
             
            #6
              buffetbuster

              Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Wed, 12/24/08 5:49 AM (permalink)
              TTM-
              Thanks for the link.  That was cool to look through.

              DougS-
              I appreciate you saying that.  It was a lot of fun to put together.

              braunsteinm-
              Sorry for no 'que photos, but that wouldn't go with the theme. 
               
              #7
                MiamiDon

                Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Wed, 12/24/08 6:19 AM (permalink)
                What a great collection of piggies.  About half-way through it, I thought, "This would make a great coffee-table book!"

                Good work, BB.
                 
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                  euclid

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                  Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Wed, 12/24/08 1:54 PM (permalink)
                  Greetings Buffetmaster and thanks for sharing. By the way, headed to FLA. RT95 next Monday. Are any of these you mentioned close to RT95? My typical trip has included stops at 1)Bubba's BBQ, Charlotte, 2)BigT's BBQ, Columbia SC 3)Georgia Pig, Brunswick, Georgia and finally 4)Dixie Crossroads, Titusville, FLA.
                     These are all great stops, but it would be fun to try some place else if time permits i.e. close to RT95. Actually, Dixie Crossroads is a must stop. I buy several pounds of the rock shrimp and toss in the cooler. I know, Key West pink shrimp is stunning but the rock shrimp competes. Thanks
                   
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                    mayor al

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                    Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Wed, 12/24/08 2:44 PM (permalink)
                     
                     OK  Here are a couple of additions to your Piggy Album.
                     
                    First- The famous Beale Street Neon Pig in Memphis. I think this has been on more BBQ TV shows than any other Logo!
                     

                      
                     
                    The second is a Vehicle rebuilt into a BBQ Cooker at the Madison Indiana Ribberfest Cookoff.
                     

                      
                      
                      
                     
                    <message edited by Al-The Mayor-Bowen on Wed, 12/24/08 2:51 PM>
                     
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                      rmcielwain

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                      Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Wed, 12/24/08 4:57 PM (permalink)
                      One that I remember passing by a lot (taking the 6PM Greyhound run to Nashville from
                      Birmingham & starting on U.S. 31) was Porky's Bar B-Q in Gardendale, Alabama: the
                      mascot on the sign looked like Porky Pig, wearing a chef's hat & carrying a tray.
                       
                      (of course I have no idea if the establishment is still there, & it lost some of its traffic
                      when the remaining section of I-65 between Gardendale & Morris was finally completed
                      in the mid-'80s.)
                       
                      #11
                        buffetbuster

                        Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Thu, 12/25/08 9:09 AM (permalink)
                        euclid-
                        Sweatman's is not all that far away from I-95.  But, the place can be difficult to find and it is only open on Fridays and Saturdays.  Oh, and I am also a big fan of Dixie Crossroads!

                        Al-
                        Thanks for the truck/bbq cooker picture.  That is a real classic!
                         
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                          wanderingjew

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                          Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Thu, 12/25/08 9:25 AM (permalink)
                          One thought that's always made me ponder was how could these pigs be smiling and dancing knowing their fate of how they're going to end up??

                           
                           
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                            Curbside Grill

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                            Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Thu, 12/25/08 9:41 AM (permalink)
                            wanderingjew


                            One thought that's always made me ponder was how could these pigs be smiling and dancing knowing their fate of how they're going to end up??

                             


                            Already done this in the professional sect. suicide food  I find this good free advertising
                            http://suicidefood.blogspot.com/2008/09/doctor-of-bbq.html
                            <message edited by Curbside Grill on Thu, 12/25/08 9:43 AM>
                             
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                              Captain Morgan

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                              Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Thu, 12/25/08 9:45 AM (permalink)
                              outstanding!  Thanks
                               
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                                carolina bob

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                                Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Mon, 01/5/09 12:10 AM (permalink)
                                  BB - oh man! I can't take it. All those beautiful piggy-laden signs and buildings. Your photos are making me SO hungry! I'm sorry to say that I've only been to one of these places ( Bob Sykes ), so I've got some real work ahead of me. At least next month's RF event will take care of Leonard's. One down, many to go.......                     Bob
                                 
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                                  NYPIzzaNut

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                                  Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Mon, 01/5/09 11:25 AM (permalink)
                                  I almost  lived at Bob Sykes in Jasper Alabama when I lived in Jasper and worked in  Pelham Alabama.  It was a major tragedy when it burned down.

                                  Some other fabulous BBQ joints down South can be found in:

                                  http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Belly-Ultimate-Lovers-Companion/dp/1565125479?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1189451891&sr=8-1
                                   
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                                    Baah Ben

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                                    Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Tue, 01/6/09 4:21 PM (permalink)
                                    BB - Terrific.  Been to a few of these like The Pink Pig and Sweatman's.  The place in Mobile is one I really want to get to..Brick Pit.  Read about a lot of these....

                                    Have you been to Big Bob Gibsons?  First rate.  When you get to So. Florida..Tom Jenkin's.

                                    Fantastic pictures!!Do you remember Hot Lick's in Pittsburgh in East Liberty?
                                     
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                                      buffetbuster

                                      Re:Feeling piggy: Southern BBQ parlors Wed, 01/7/09 7:43 AM (permalink)
                                      Baah Ben-
                                      I never ate at the Hot Licks in East Liberty, but I did make it to the one that was in Carnegie.  The most memorable thing about it was that a famous Pittsburgher was at another table and displayed the absolute worst table manners I have ever seen.  And yet, this person is revered here.  Ridiculous.

                                      I have never eaten at Big Bob Gibson's before, although I know there are a lot of fans on here.  The Brick Pit is worth a special trip for.  Fantastic ribs!  How was The Pink Pig?  It was closed while I was taking the photos and I am very curious about the place.
                                       
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