My wife and I are originally from the Hickory area but have not visited Hickory in a number of years. We knew that Shells Bar-B-Q has always been a local and popular staple in the area and looked forward to sampling their pork bar-b-q. Now we both know that bar-b-q differs from place to place and that there are many standards for judgement. Perhaps our expectations were not in keeping with local tastes. That said, we must report that Shell's bar-b-q did not live up to the standards we expect from North Carolina, East Tennessee, and West Tennessee bar-b-q. It was way too saucy and had almost no hickory-smoked taste. It actually tasted like a bar-b-q product that is sold in cans in grocery stores. It was OK and actually tasted pretty good, but it was just not a very high quality bar-b-q product. We were very disappointed.
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