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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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Hours:
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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  • 13
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 1
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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 pulled pork ever!

Stopped on our way back north. It was very good! Staff very friendly and food was so good and reasonable priced. Worth the small detour off rte 95! Will be back next fall!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Naples, Florida
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Naples, Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Stopped on our way back north. It was very good! Staff very friendly and food was so good and reasonable priced. Worth the small detour off rte 95! Will be back next fall!

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Sparta, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We were in Smithfield for one night to see the Wings Over Wayne Air show and love trying local food. After reading Trip Advisor recommendations for White Swan and Maps sent us to the gas station, I thought it was wrong at first. Don't drive away, go inside! Patrick was the name of our very friendly counter staff, and it... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This place is not much to look at but don't let it scare you off. The BBQ and ribs are great and the hush puppies are unique and yummy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

The place was clean, staff was friendly. The prices were reasonable. The food was delicious. What more could you ask for.

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Syracuse, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The waitress was apologetic that they don't do ribs on Thursday but it didn't matter! This was amazing comfort food. Sandwiches, cole slaw, fries, tea and four rounds of hushpuppies . . . for under $10 . . . for 4 people. Total. That's right. 4 people ate a good and filling pork dinner for a *total* of $9.35. That's... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I have to say when we pulled up we were a little surprised at the outside of this restaurant but figured we'd give it a try. Glad we did! Food was great! We both got the combo platter with chicken and bbq. I got the slaw and fries and my husband opted for potato salad. All the sides were great.... More 

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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467 restaurant reviews
434 helpful votes 434 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

North Carolina is known for its BBQ. In my opinion the NC style is my favorite. I was surprised when I tasted my first bite of White Swan this was the best of the best! White Swan isn't much to look at. It's a modest building that is more kitchen than restaurant. I had pork and my sides were Brunswick... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
54 helpful votes 54 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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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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