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“oh yeah- the real deal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hillsborough BBQ Company

Hillsborough BBQ Company
236 South Nash Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-4647
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Ranked #6 of 51 Restaurants in Hillsborough
Cuisines: Barbecue
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basking ridge
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23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“oh yeah- the real deal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

thanks to TA for finding this place en route to Elon from RDU. completely off the beaten path in Hillsborough, but fear not - his place is worth the detour. Legit ribs, brisket, BBQ all the works. absolutely delicious food in casual vibe. service was excellent, beers were good. what more can a man ask? go!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, NC
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271 reviews 271 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
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276 helpful votes 276 helpful votes
“Worth the Drive for Great Beef Brisket!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Hillsborough BBQ Company is a bit out of the way as it is not in the historic area of this 259 year old town. My husband and I drove the extra mile to get some excellent barbecue. We both wanted to try their wood smoked beef brisket as that is rather a rarity in North Carolina. Most barbecue joints in the Tar Heel State serve barbecue pork and chicken.
We were thrilled that we chose the brisket! It was tender with a smoky flavor. The brisket was definitely cooked the old fashion way – not over gas flames. There was just the right amount of fat with the beef. This impressed us as we have had brisket in other restaurants that are way over the top with the marbling. Our plates included a choice of coleslaw: “red” (barbecue / vinegar base), “white” (mayonnaise base with celery seed) or “yellow” (mustard base). In our opinion, the cabbage is shredded way too finely to enjoy the taste of the vegetable. The plates came with hushpuppies that were hot and crunchy. It was very nice to get hot hushpuppies as numerous barbecue joints make them in advance thus they come to the table without much crunch. Our delicious hushpuppies did not last very long on our plates! Since we got one side, my husband ordered the Creole style fries that had just the right amount of seasoning. My fried okra was fresh and hot, unlike many places that serve okra that is past its prime.
Unlike some recent reviews, we found the prices to be fair. Hillsborough is part of the state’s largest metro area thus one cannot expect to get rural North Carolina restaurant prices. It is unfair to compare Hillsborough to Wilson. Prices did not seem to deter many others as this wonderful barbecue restaurant was packed by 12-noon on a Saturday! Patrons coming after 12:00 had a short wait as service here is rather fast.
When we visit Hillsborough again, we will drive the extra few minutes to get some of the best barbecue in the area – and definitely the best beef brisket to be found for miles around!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Yummy BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013 via mobile

We traveled there with our family of 6, while visiting for the weekend. 2 adults, 3 children and 1 baby. Small place so there was a bit of a wait (30 min). Not too bad for a Saturday night, we just went next door to the Depot and shopped around. They even send a hostess over to get you! Prices were not outrageous, high chairs available, friendly staff. Overall, great restaurant. Will eat there again.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Durham, NC
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Great BBQ! Great Service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Check menu online if you're concerned about prices. Has great choices with both entrée and sides. My friend is from Memphis, and me eastern NC. Upon arriving, the hickory smoked and pit cooked will get your appetite going. It is closed on Mondays. Very casual setting Service was on point, and pleasant, attentive. Small dining area, full bar, with blues music playing in background. We had the BBQ plates. Mine with a side of Mac N Cheese which was authentic, baked, not soupy, but cheesy. Nothing fake about it. They offer you three types of cole slaw - yellow (mustard base), white (mayonnaise base), and red (vinegar base). I had the yellow - delicious, my friend had the red - delicious. She also had sweet potato something (sorry can't recall the complete name), and it was great - it is served cold as a side. We have no complaints, and enjoyed it immensely. We will be back.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Quality is at the top”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

This is world class BBQ. I'm a long way from home, but would come back here. You don't need a knife, the meat is so tender and equally flavorful.

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