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White Swan Barbecue INC

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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Carolina BBQ

The BBQ was one of the best I have ever had. I had the pulled pork and shrimp it was delicious. It is in the middle of nowhere but definitely worth driving to. There were a lot of locals there not needing to look at the menu like I did. all in all a very nice place with a friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Bob S
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The BBQ was one of the best I have ever had. I had the pulled pork and shrimp it was delicious. It is in the middle of nowhere but definitely worth driving to. There were a lot of locals there not needing to look at the menu like I did. all in all a very nice place with a friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

A short (about 2 miles) drive off 95 leads you to White Swan BBQ. The fried chicken was crunchy, moist and the best I have ever had. Also had the potato salad and Cole slaw. Definitely recommend washing it all down with a large cup of sweet tea.

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Wow! We stopped for lunch and we can't say enough good things about the warm and genuine welcome, amazing quality and portions of the food at an unbeatable price! It is just 5 minutes off I 95, but service is so quick and friendly, you will be so glad you stopped. We had bbq pork, fried chicken, potato salad, Brunswick... More 

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Crashing in Smithfield for the night, but wanted something a little different than fast food. Thankyou TA community for recommending the White Swan. Servers were certainly friendly, hush puppies were plentiful and food was served quick and hot. We enjoyed ribs, fried chicken, BBQ, Brunswick stew and some sides. Very tasty and I loved the sauce. Owner even brought us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Stopped in for lunch while heading up 95. Service was very prompt and the food good at a reasonable price. Lots of locals eating there. The hush puppies are fantastic and the bbq quite good. Will be back next time we're driving by.

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

Thanks for the review and very glad you enjoyed your meal! We look forward to seeing you when you are back this way More 

Montreal
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

They serve the best fried chicken and ribs I have ever had without question. I am getting ahead of myself though. The moment we entered we were treated like family. A basket of warm hush puppies was down on the table before we were even in our seats (the waitress also called me "hun"...I love that!) I basically asked if... More 

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

We enjoyed you family stopping in to visit with us on Sunday, my dad loves to give the tour and history of our restaurant. So very glad you enjoyed the food and we look forward to seeing y'all when you come back through! More 

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Great hush puppies and food. It was a super busy Sunday, stood in line, got seated and then it was great. Had multiple waitresses taking care of us, all polite. Had never been there, asked for samples and they gladly helped out with that. They were hustling to get everyone taken care of and did well. Thanks for a great... More 

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

Thank you for stopping in, we are glad that you enjoyed the food and your visit. Our Sundays can get a little crazy, so I am glad to hear that you had great service and great food! Thanks again More 

Richmond, Virginia
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

En route to Savannah from Richmond we stopped at White Swan for dinner at about 7:30 on a Friday night. We were warmly welcomed into this casual but terrific spot that embodied the best of NC BBQ and hospitality. After bringing our drinks (I never have sweet tea and drank 3 glasses) and some amazing hush puppies, our server brought... More 

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

So glad you had a great experience when you stopped in to visit. We look forward to seeing you come back and try out those ribs! More 

St. Cloud, MN
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Visited on our way past on I40 headed toward Wilmington. Chose it based on previous reviews. Food was outstanding and the service was even better. Brunswick stew was delicious, but bbq stole the show. Nothing like Carolina BBQ and slaw. If you are within a hundred miles looking for a cool, authentic BBQ, this is it.

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Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Wow!! Best bbq ever!! Huge portions. Quick friendly service. Right off I95. Will come back. Live about 45 minutes away and worth the drive. Love it.

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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)  >  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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