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3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 934-8913
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10:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Description: White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina...
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

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
BBQ Worth The Detour !

Treated to piping-hot hush puppies after being seated; then, instantly disappointed to discover that WS was out of their signature St. Louis ribs well before closing time, I ordered Brunswick Stew, BBQ/Fried Chicken combo, collards, slaw and sweet tea. Surrounded by the friendliest customers (many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Ted P
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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  • Dining on a budget
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Treated to piping-hot hush puppies after being seated; then, instantly disappointed to discover that WS was out of their signature St. Louis ribs well before closing time, I ordered Brunswick Stew, BBQ/Fried Chicken combo, collards, slaw and sweet tea. Surrounded by the friendliest customers (many of whom had just witnessed the reenactment of the Battle of Bentonville), we talked about... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Lots of places in the area offer bbq, but this is the best! Have never been a big fan of eastern style; maybe because I've been getting it from the wrong places. Simply delicious! Friendly staff & customers make your visit a pleasure. Perfectly sweetened tea, mouth-watering hush puppy's, fresh pork skins, all in a cozy, downhome atmosphere. Highly recommend... More 

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Niles, Mi
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27 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My wife and I stopped in Smithfield for the night and being BBQ nuts we were both looking forward to trying North Carolina BBQ Ribs with vinegar based BBQ sauce. The White Swan was chosen because of their Trip Advisor reviews. To say the least we were not disappointed with our fall off the bone ribs that were served with... More 

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North Caldwell, NJ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on our way home from Florida. We arrived about an hour before closing,our mistake, they were out of many of their items we wanted to try. But we had their pulled pork sandwiches which were generous and delicious, they came with great hush puppies and we ordered a side of very good potato salad and sweet tea. The... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great eastern NC BBQ. The staff is friendly once you warm them up a bit, lol. Fast service. Great sweet tea, pound cake and bbq. I definitely recommend!

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Southern Pines, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

we stopped for lunch on our way south on 95 and are glad that we did. the ribs were excellent and the barbecue waa very good too. The Brunswick stew was unlike any otherthat I have ever tasted. And sweet and a little spicy, overall a very tasty side dish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were driving from FL heading back home to NJ and decided to look for a bbq place as NC is suppose to be known for the best. We pulled over off of 95 and read a few reviews and decided on here. So glad we did!!! Not only was the food EXCELLENT but the staff and owner were so... More 

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love their barbeque, potatoes and green beans. For those of us who like vinegar in our pork it is the best! Also very reasonably priced.

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Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Virginia to South Carolina...this is a must stop. Conveniently off I-95 at exit 90, you've arrived and your day is immediately better! Hushpuppies on the table even before we ordered. Friendly, friendly server knew us both as"Sug.." as she took our order for BBQ platter & chicken, great sides of slaw & fries. Everything was super..under $17 + tip. Genuinely,,... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I know that I am bucking the trend here, but dinner tonight at White Swan was very disappointing! We arrived late, about 7:30, 30 minutes before their 8PM closing time. I give them a little credit because it was close to closing, but even so, the service, food, and atmosphere were below par. My wife and I arrived and no... More 

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

Sorry you had a bad experience at our restaurant. We apologize for that and would like to have the chance to make it up to you. Come back and see us if you are in the area! Hope you will give us a second chance and try our BBQ pork which is our specialty. Thank you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Smithfield
  • Phone Number: (919) 934-8913

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 8:00 pm

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