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White Swan Barbecue INC

3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-8913
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Ranked #1 of 76 Restaurants in Smithfield
Price range: $5 - $10
Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
Good for: Dining on a budget
Description: White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina pork barbecue. Made from a 50 year old secret recipe, White Swan Bar-B-Que has been voted one of the top 25 Bar-B-Qs in the SouthEast. Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q is unlike any other in the world. It's a taste that you must experience. Our Bar-B-Q is made with a vinegar and spice sauce which enhances the smoked flavor of the fresh pork. The pork is slowly cooked in a covered cooker which holds in the smoked flavor. The meat is then chopped, ready to eat. Great on sandwiches in a hamburger bun with cold slaw or buy itself, there is no other Bar-B-Q like it. Platter items include the best Pork Bar-B-Q, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and other Side dishes! Try the Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, french fries, and fried pork skins. And of course, a basket of the White Swan's celebrated hushpuppies are served with each platter. Private dining facilities for groups of up to 50 people are available. Also Catering is available to you and your guest with a variety of items. Six locations to serve you.
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Description: White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina pork barbecue. Made from a 50 year old secret recipe, White Swan Bar-B-Que has been voted one of the top 25 Bar-B-Qs in the SouthEast. Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q is unlike any other in the world. It's a taste that you must experience. Our Bar-B-Q is made with a vinegar and spice sauce which enhances the smoked flavor of the fresh pork. The pork is slowly cooked in a covered cooker which holds in the smoked flavor. The meat is then chopped, ready to eat. Great on sandwiches in a hamburger bun with cold slaw or buy itself, there is no other Bar-B-Q like it. Platter items include the best Pork Bar-B-Q, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and other Side dishes! Try the Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, french fries, and fried pork skins. And of course, a basket of the White Swan's celebrated hushpuppies are served with each platter. Private dining facilities for groups of up to 50 people are available. Also Catering is available to you and your guest with a variety of items. Six locations to serve you.
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Raleigh,NC
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We love the White Swan! Our family has been eating at the White Swan, having the White Swan cater special events, picking up White Swan Sunday dinners for the family, or stopping by for the Thursday barbecue special for many, many years. The fried chicken and barbecue are some of the best you will find anywhere, as are the hush... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful words about our business! We always love to have your family come and join us for a meal! Already looking forward to the next visit! More

Lumberton, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you're looking for an authentic eastern NC barbecue joint, then the original White Swan is a worthy destination. I was promptly greeted as I entered by a genuinely friendly, smiling waitress/cashier. I confessed to her this was my first visit and she showed me to a table and took my order, patiently answering all of my questions. Food came... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! Very glad you have a great experience at our restaurant! You waitress was Crystal, she is on of our shift leaders and has been with us for about 6 years, great employee and person! Thanks again! More

Durham, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My family went there for dinner based on the excellent reviews. The service was fast and the food arrived quickly. The fried chicken was ok along with the bbq and the sweet tea. The cold hushpuppies would have been good if they were hot. The fried fish bait(shrimp) had lots to be desired. I honestly believe that the brunswick stew... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Sorry you did not have a good experience at our restaurant. More

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The pork BBQ is outstanding eastern Carolina style. The Brunswick stew is the best I have ever had. The atmosphere is down home south with mostly locals. Very friendly and good service. The slaw and the hush puppies are superb. We vacation in Hilton Head yearly and stop by the White Swan each way. We have recommended it to our... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

So very glad you and your family had a great visit!! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit through town! More

Florida
Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We like barbecue! Now the North Carolina version is not our favorite, but once in a while it just fits the bill. We had quite a nice lunch here. I had ribs, which were meaty and filling while my husband had the pulled pork. When he did not order slaw to go with it, the owner gave him some anyway.... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you stopped in and tried the ribs, they are my favorite on the menu. Very glad you enjoyed your trip to our restaurant and next time you are in the area we look forward to seeing you! More

Raleigh, North Carolina
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The barbeque was excellent, the slaw was also excellent, the tea was good, but I do like iced tea with a little more timber to it. The Brunswick stew is what stands out in my memory. It was different.

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit! We love hearing from our customers and look forward to your next visit! More

Brunswick, Georgia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

A friend has been bringing us White Swan BBQ for years, this time it was our turn to take the exit off of I-95, and it was well worth the stop. Everyone was friendly and happy to help. Service was very fast, including our to go order. Nice to still see a mom-and-pop type place still around!

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind word, we are glad you had a great meal and enjoyed visiting our restaurant! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

The building may not be much to look at and the decor leaves something to be desired, but the pulled pork is excellent. Their homemade vinegar based sauce and fluffy hush puppies are some of the best!

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your dinner with us, we work very hard to bring you the best BBQ we can! Look forward to your next visit! More

Va Beach
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

My parents were born and raised in NC, and I grew up thinking NC Bar-b-que was the only kind of Bar-b-que there was. After learning different, I can tell you that White Swan's Bar-b-que is the only kind I want because it is the best ! I love to go to the little restaurant on hwy 301 when visiting my... More

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for such kind words! We are very proud of our restaurant and really love when our customers have a great experience and enjoy our food! Dad is certainly one of a kind, and he keeps us all entertained! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

I have stopped here 4-5 times each year on the way to Myrtle Beach and Florida for the last 15 years. Great barbecue, veggies and hush puppies ! Very quick service for you traveling- quicker that a fast food restaurant . Philip Evans Midlothian, Va

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WhiteSwanBBQ, General Manager at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the nice words! We love hearing from our customers! More

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