August 2013 - Short Sugar's Drive-Inn, Reidsville
Mea culpa. We almost missed Short Sugar's
. I programed the GPS before we left Country Barbecue. All systems go, smooth sailing as we cruised up US Hwy 29. Good thing Pie Diva
pays attention, because as we were passing Reidsville she asked why we weren't getting off. I slowed suddenly and took the slip road. It turns out I chose the other Short Sugar's in Danville, VA on the GPS. I haven't figured out the relationship between the two Short Sugar's.
I am certainly happy we did not miss the Reidsville Short Sugar's, it is one of the best Carolina barbecue restaurants we've been to. Short Sugar's has been reviewed at Roadfood.com
, is listed on the NCBS Historic Trail
, and has been featured in Our State
We lucked out and grabbed two stools at the counter, with a full view of food preparation and the barbecue pit. The smokiness inside of Short Sugar's was wonderful. This is the real deal.
I don't recall much about the Brunswick Stew, but it has a decent score on my BBQ log.
I don't remember much about the hush puppies either, but they were marked as top rated on our list. They must be REALLY good.
This is the finely chopped pork...
... and this is Short Sugar's coarsely chopped pork.
We ordered both after a bad experience with the coarse chop at a different BBQ establishment. At Short Sugar's the coarse chopped ruled. It had bits of bark and a more pronounced smoke flavor than the fine chop. Both were first rate barbecue. I really liked Short Sugar's barbecue sauce, more there than tomato & vinegar - lots of Woostie sauce. I bought a bottle.
We rated the slaw as poor (I should have sauced it...).
This a peek at the barbecue pit.
Short Sugar's was a great experience. It exceeded expectations and their barbecue lived up to the restaurant's visual appeal (I think that's a cloud, although it looks like smoke coming from the chimney).
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