Here is an eatery where you truly can have it your way. To complement a pulled pork plate or sandwich, pulled beef plate or sandwich, pork ribs, or smoked chicken, you are given a choice of sauces: East Tennessee Red, North Carolina Vinegar, Devil’s Dew, South Carolina Gold, Alabama White, Texas/Oklahoma Style, Sauce from Hell, and sugar-free dietetic sauce.
What’s remarkable about Dixie Barbeque is not how many different ways it can be had, but how good each of them are. Ribs cook a minimum of four hours over smoldering coals; pork shoulders go a full twelve. The result is delicious meat, the smoky flavor of which stays with you for hours after eating a meal. Our favorite among the choices is pork – juicy, flavorful, and elegant in a quintessential Carolinian way. Next-best are ribs. They are crusty and chewy, smoke-flavored and delicious even without any sauce whatsoever.
On the side of whichever meat you like, available companions include barbecue-flavored baked beans, chunky fried potatoes laced with sweet onion, creamy white cole slaw, and a zesty slaw dressed with mustard-tinged barbecue sauce.
Of the various sauces, pick your poison. We would only remind you that Johnson City is East Tennessee, and Dixie’s Barbeque’s East Tennessee sauce – opaque cinnabar-red and radiant with spice – is fantastic. Unless you say otherwise, this is the sauce that comes on barbecue sandwiches.