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Port-A-Pit BBQ

119 Marshall Forest Lane, Statesville, NC - (704) 872-9778
Posted By Michael Stern on 8/5/2001 6:33:00 AM
Word of warning: Port-A-Pit is open only on Wednesday and Friday from 11am to 7pm. During those precious hours, it can get mighty crowded.

A strange, warehouse-like place where most of the rest of the week is devoted to cooking pig either on premises or elsewhere for large events and parties, you enter it through an inconspicuous door in back where arriving customers are greeted by a lady who asks, “Do you’all have a call in?” If the answer is yes – meaning you have already phoned in your order – you are directed to one area of the building to pick it up. If no, you are pointed to the cash register, where you choose from a wall-mounted menu. When your number is called, you pick up what you’ve ordered, all neatly packed, then go somewhere to eat it. There are no seats here, inside or out.

We sat in our car and very much enjoyed a chopped pork sandwich, which comes wrapped with a cup of sauce on the side. Pre-sauce, the meat has a nice fresh, slightly smoky flavor but it is dry. The sauce makes this pork blossom. In addition to chopped pork, we savored a nice barbecued chicken upper (the term for a breast and wing), crusty pork ribs, and a cup of delicious Brunswick stew, loaded with vegetables and vigorously spiced.

Those who are snack-food devotees will be pleased to note that Port-A-Pit offers six different flavors of pork skin, sold by the bag. It is hard to describe the irresistible appeal of pork skin, except to say it is something like a very piggy potato chip, and it is every bit as addictive. Port-A-Pit offers skins in these flavors: Plain, Cajun, Sour Cream and chives, Vinegar and Salt, Barbecue, and Cinnamon and Sugar.

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Port-A-Pit serves nearly every part of the pig but the oink.  These fried pig skins are an irresistible snack, whatever the flavor.
"Port-A-Pit serves nearly every part of the pig but the oink. These fried pig skins are an irresistible snack, whatever the flavor."
Michael Stern





One of the tastiest Brunswick stews around -- loaded with meat and vegetable.  Like everything else at Port-A-Pit, it is served in a disposable container.
"One of the tastiest Brunswick stews around -- loaded with meat and vegetable. Like everything else at Port-A-Pit, it is served in a disposable container."
Michael Stern


Not the most festive entryway, this is the door that leads to some wonderful meals inside a veritable barbecue factory.
"Not the most festive entryway, this is the door that leads to some wonderful meals inside a veritable barbecue factory."
Michael Stern


Port-A-Pit is best known as a caterer.  But if you are a traveler who happens by on Wednesday or Friday, you're in luck.
"Port-A-Pit is best known as a caterer. But if you are a traveler who happens by on Wednesday or Friday, you're in luck."
Michael Stern



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