Here is the eighth installment of our BBQ tour of the US South. The first one covered Louisiana and Texas. The second post covered Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The third covered North Carolina and eastern Virginia. The fourth part covered western Virginia, Alabama, and Georgia (by way of Vermont). The fifth covered Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia. The sixth covered Alabama and Mississippi. The seventh one comes home to New Orleans. This is a very unscientific sampling taken from doing a search on the likely places we might stop for a meal. We consulted the Southern BBQ Trail and Our State Magazine (NC), as well as doing simple searches. The research is just beginning. This post covers our travels in June 2015. It covers North Carolina, Alabama, and goes north to Brooklyn, NY.
B’s Barbecue, Greenville provided us with some wonderful pulled pork and chicken. “William and Peggy McLawhorn started B’s Barbecue in the late 1970’s. Now William has retired, Peggy works part-time and their three daughters run the business. Dexter Sherrod, who has worked with the family cooking the pigs and chopping the barbecue since the business opened, ably assists the girls. Dallas Moore cooks the chicken. Dexter says he cooks about 40 whole pigs per week” It was recommended by a cousin who said to get the combo, which we did along with potatoes and corn bread sticks. B’s is located at 751 B’s Barbecue Road, Greenville, NC 27834 (No Phone).
Skyline Inn in Ayden North Carolina has been providing great BBQ since 1947. It has long been known as a great place for cue. In 1979 National Geographic published a book entitled Back Roads America and basically proclaimed Pete Jones’ Skylight Inn to be some of the best Barbecue in the country. it has also received four James Beard awards for “Americas Classics,” among many other notations. It certainly lived up to its reputation. We had pulled pork and coleslaw with corn bread. It is located at 4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513 (252) 746-4113.
We had some of the best ribs ever at Ronnie’s Ribs in Elgin, South Carolina. Thye also supplied the best ever South Carolina mustard sauce. The South Carolina Barbecue Association has named Ronnie’s a “100 Mile Barbecue!” 100 mile barbecue is barbeque so good, you’d drive 100 miles for it! It is well deserved. Ronnie's Ribs is located at 808 Whiting Way Lugoff, SC 29078.
While we were on this trip we also went to the Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. It was recently named one of the top ten new BBQ’s in the US. We when there twice. The first time we had “pulled” lamb and Korean style ribs. The second time we had their beef rib, something they are well known for. It was huge, over a pound and a half, and delicious. They also provide live jazz on a Sunday afternoon. It is located at 454 Van Brunt St (Entrance on Reed Street) Brooklyn, NY 11231 (347) 294-4644.
We also ate some fine BBQ at Hill Country BBQ in downtown Brooklyn. We had brisket, ribs, along with green bean casserole, corn pudding, and sweet potatoes. They were all good. We also heard Erin Harpe play some great blues. It is located at 345 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, (718) 885-4608.
When we got back to New Orleans we tried two new places, both had been gambit winners in different BBQ categories. The first was Walker’s Southern BBQ were we had brisket and cochon du lait. They were both amazing. It was named best pork by New Orleans Magazine. Walker’s Southern Style Barbecue is located at 10828 Hayne Blvd. out in New Orleans East by the lake. 504-241-8227
Cochon was named best fine dining cue by New Orleans Magazine. We had their smoked pork ribs with watermelon pickle and wood-fired oysters with chili garlic butter. At the same meal we also had grilled eggplant with farro, parsley salad & whipped feta, chicken & andouille gumbo, shrimp & eggplant dressing. All were wonderful. Cochon is located at 930 Tchoupitoulas St.588-2123