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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like it spicy, and we do, Wilson's County Barbecue is likely for your tastes. Mid-October in Portland is usually the end of autumn in Maine, with the brisk northwestern winds from Canada making their appearance. Today was no exception, and the thought of...sitting outside on a picnic table eating the last vestiges of a summer's barbecue led us to the Hanover Street establishment. We ordered a rack of ribs along with two sides, fried pickles (really good, generous portion), and beers. The baby-back rib meat literally fell off the bone which we thought would reflect its moist and succulent preparation. We were wrong; although tender, the rib meat was dry, enhanced by a spicy sauce. In fact, their jalapeno spice peppered the meat, the crinkly fries, was included in the fried pickles (and peppers), and the Wilson County Barbecue Palette-Smacking IPA (infused with jalapeno). At the conclusion of the meal, our only remark was that the one-note jalapeno spice was broken by the coleslaw and hush puppies. Our conclusion is that the barbecue was tasty, but the dryness of the ribs left something to be desired.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed September 20, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food and service! A great alternative after lots of seafood- recommend the pulled pork and fried chicken as well as the chopped salad and Brunswick stew- a little taste of home for folks from NC😊

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed September 12, 2021

We had lunch here. BBQ Sandwich ($15) and the Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($14). My BBQ Sandwich (Pulled Pork) was excellent. Among the best pulled pork sandwiches I've had. You order at the counter, find a place to sit, and they text you when to pick...up your food. 28 beer taps -- 10 oz beers ($5-6) and 20 oz beers ($10-11). Industrial look to the interior. Outside dining. We will return. (If, a long time ago, you were a fan of Uncle Billy's Downeast BBQ, then you'll like the food here -- same high quality and flavor.)More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed September 12, 2021 via mobile

Just amazing! The food is so good, we ate there 2 days in a row. All the food is made from scratch. I ordered the chicken and dumplings. It was amazing. My husband ordered the chicken. We loved the biscuits and hush puppies. The sweet...butter is the best. The Brunswick stew is a must. My second visit I ordered the shrimp po boy, the shrimp was fantastic!! My only disappointment are the fries. The seasoning was fantastic but they are frozen fries. It's a shame they serve frozen fries with such good quality food.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed August 8, 2021 via mobile

Excellent BBQ and GOOD wine. Amazing! And the fried chicken was delicious It was the end of the night and they offered us extra fried chicken to go. Made a perfect lunch the next day. This is try hospitality.

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed August 4, 2021

These days, you can't even find real wood-cooked whole hog in Wilson County, NC, but here it is in Maine! I eat a lot of bbq all over the US (and Europe) and this is well worth a trip from anywhere in New England ......or beyond. For a full review, see john tanners bbq blog and search "wilson".More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 27, 2021

Total shock explains my reaction to finding a good bbq joint in Portland, Maine. We are spending a month in Maine and have really enjoyed Maine's lobsters and oysters, but after a while you need some variety. We were walking around, looking for an open...restaurant on a Monday night in Portland when we stumbled on to Wilson County BBQ. The four of us had ribs, fried chicken, fried okra and buttermilk pie. It was all AMAZING! The plates come with two sides each, which were also AMAZING! They also have many beers on tap. The staff was very friendly and efficient. At first I thought the food was a little bit expensive, but when we were stuffed and still had enough food for another meal to take home with us, I decided it was a priced very fairly. The place is spotless clean and also has a large outdoor seating area. I asked one of the employees how long they had been open and she said about a year and a half. Therefore, they don't have too many reviews yet, but I predict they will before long. I will be a return customer.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 8, 2021

I'm from North Carolina and I can say with authority that Wilson County Barbecue is cooking better eastern Carolina-style whole hog barbecue than most places in eastern North Carolina. The barbecue is 100% wood cooked, which is rare these days, and served fresh off the...pit. Be sure to ask for skin, crisp and succulent. The chicken and ribs are excellent, too, but you can get those at other places, Sides and desserts are first-rate, and they even serve sweet tea -- but they have an excellent beer and wine list, if you insist.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed May 31, 2021

Excellent authentic barbecue and great beer selection. There's no table service, you place your order and they text you when ready for pick up. Nice outside patio area or spacious inside. Service was excellent and friendly. The BBQ was excellent, pork chicken, beans, pimento cheese...app, all worth a try. I'll be back for sure.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 19, 2021

Since the pandemic, I've only gotten to go and have always ordered the same delicious dishes: BBQ Puller Pork Sandwich with a side of collard greens and bacon. OMG. Truly to die for. Now that the restrictions have been lifted, I hope to go with...friends to try some of the dinner offerings.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Wilson County Barbecue is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5