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Bill Spoon's Barbecue

5524 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC - (704) 525-8865
One of the Queen City’s premier BBQ houses, Bill Spoon’s is on par with Stamey’s and Lexington #1 in quality: the chopped pork, BBQ beans, Brunswick stew, and hushpuppies all are exemplary. The pale yellow mustard slaw is a necessity for any BBQ plate or sandwich as a crunchy, tangy complement. Be sure to pick up a bottle of Spoon’s peppery vinegar sauce to take home.
78% Approval Rating (14 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Barbecue Chicken (1/4)
Iced Tea
Barbecue Potatoes
Onion Rings
BBQ plate
Pecan Pie
Banana Pudding
Dry Rub Ribs
BBQ Plate
Brunswick Stew
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Cole Slaw
Barbecue Sandwich
Cole Slaw
Hushpuppies
Macaroni & Cheese

Highlighted Reviews

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Chris & Amy Ayers - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"We’ll never understand why Spoon’s isn’t included on the Historic North Carolina BBQ Trail, for this venerable smokehouse has been a South Boulevard tradition—proudly accepting only cash and checks—since 1963. Founder Bill Spoon passed away in 2007, but his family ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Stern - Photos (11)
Roadfood.com Editor
"A sign on the front of Bill Spoon's announces "WE COOK THE WHOLE PIG. IT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE." That's no lie. As swell as butts may be when they are slow-smoke-cooked, they cannot match the rousing diversity of hacked-up whole hog, from creamy to crunchy, which you ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

5524 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
(704) 525-8865

http://spoonsbarbecue.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:Yes
Takeout Counters:Yes
Bill Spoon's tangy-sweet mustard slaw perfectly draws forth the elegant and almost evanescent flavor of whole-hog pork.
"Bill Spoon's tangy-sweet mustard slaw perfectly draws forth the elegant and almost evanescent flavor of whole-hog pork."
Michael Stern





The $8 lunch special plate: two helpings of chopped pork, moistened with sauce; mustard slaw, and BBQ beans (or BBQ potatoes or fries).  The same custom-printed plates are used for Spoon’s popular catering service.
"The $8 lunch special plate: two helpings of chopped pork, moistened with sauce; mustard slaw, and BBQ beans (or BBQ potatoes or fries). The same custom-printed plates are used for Spoon’s popular catering service."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This thick ‘n’ chunky Brunswick stew is served with a basket of handsome hushpuppies, hot from the fryer.
"This thick ‘n’ chunky Brunswick stew is served with a basket of handsome hushpuppies, hot from the fryer."
Chris & Amy Ayers


At Spoon’s, cooking the whole pig (not just the back half like other places) does indeed make the difference: tender and juicy.
"At Spoon’s, cooking the whole pig (not just the back half like other places) does indeed make the difference: tender and juicy."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The waitresses come around approximately every 90 seconds to top off your ice tea. It is done automatically unless you say no.
"The waitresses come around approximately every 90 seconds to top off your ice tea. It is done automatically unless you say no."
Michael Stern


Bill Spoon’s has not changed, though his business neighbors reflect today’s commerce on this end of South Boulevard.
"Bill Spoon’s has not changed, though his business neighbors reflect today’s commerce on this end of South Boulevard."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Table necessities include Spoon’s vinegar sauce and their excellent iced tea.
"Table necessities include Spoon’s vinegar sauce and their excellent iced tea."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Even a side-dish small bowl of Brunswick stew is immensely satisfying. It is so thick with meat and vegetables that it is edible with a fork.
"Even a side-dish small bowl of Brunswick stew is immensely satisfying. It is so thick with meat and vegetables that it is edible with a fork."
Michael Stern


Ribs at Bill Spoon's are of the dry-rub variety, with a huge, spicy flavor. A spritz of sauce provides nice harmony.
"Ribs at Bill Spoon's are of the dry-rub variety, with a huge, spicy flavor. A spritz of sauce provides nice harmony."
Michael Stern


Hushpuppies come with all dinners and on the side of Brunswick stew. Bill Spoon's tubular 'pups are firm and crunchy -- ideal companions for just about anything else on the menu.
"Hushpuppies come with all dinners and on the side of Brunswick stew. Bill Spoon's tubular 'pups are firm and crunchy -- ideal companions for just about anything else on the menu. "
Michael Stern


Here is a catchphrase to make a Roadfooder's heart quicken. Whole hog barbecue has infinite layers of flavor, not to mention textural variety. It is pure, perfect pig.
"Here is a catchphrase to make a Roadfooder's heart quicken. Whole hog barbecue has infinite layers of flavor, not to mention textural variety. It is pure, perfect pig."
Michael Stern


Ayersian has commented that the 'Nila Wafers in Spoon's banana pudding are a bit too crunchy for his taste: not softened enough. The batch I got on Christmas eve, 2009 had so many fresh, perfectly ripe banana slices in the smooth custard that it almost was hard to find streaks of cookie. Those that were there were, to my taste, perfectly softened enough to still be cookie-like, yet tender enough to blend. The search for just enough cookie made every spoonful a sweet little adventure.
"Ayersian has commented that the 'Nila Wafers in Spoon's banana pudding are a bit too crunchy for his taste: not softened enough. The batch I got on Christmas eve, 2009 had so many fresh, perfectly ripe banana slices in the smooth custard that it almost was hard to find streaks of cookie. Those that were there were, to my taste, perfectly softened enough to still be cookie-like, yet tender enough to blend. The search for just enough cookie made every spoonful a sweet little adventure."
Michael Stern


Invented in Memphis, the pig sandwich -- chopped pork on a bun along with cole slaw -- is now a Mid-South culinary icon. The slaw and pork are each sweet in a completely different way, and the contrast of crunch and softness is an unbeatable duet.
"Invented in Memphis, the pig sandwich -- chopped pork on a bun along with cole slaw -- is now a Mid-South culinary icon. The slaw and pork are each sweet in a completely different way, and the contrast of crunch and softness is an unbeatable duet."
Michael Stern


Long, slow cooking yields chicken that is ridiculously tender. If there is a pork-frowner at your table, this is the way to go.
"Long, slow cooking yields chicken that is ridiculously tender. If there is a pork-frowner at your table, this is the way to go."
Michael Stern


Soft and only gently flavored with sauce, these potatoes are one of several side dishes available on BBQ plates.
"Soft and only gently flavored with sauce, these potatoes are one of several side dishes available on BBQ plates."
Michael Stern


Gentle-flavored mac 'n' cheese offers a nice texture spectrum, from creamy veins between the noodles to chewy little bits from the edge of the casserole.
"Gentle-flavored mac 'n' cheese offers a nice texture spectrum, from creamy veins between the noodles to chewy little bits from the edge of the casserole."
Michael Stern



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