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White Swan Barbecue INC

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3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
10:30 am - 7:30 am
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Sun 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:30 am - 7:30 am
Thu - Sat 10:30 am - 8:30 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a great bbq sandwhiches and the prices are reasonable. If you catch it on special day you can get the bbq sandwhiches super cheap.

Thank Jackson S
Havre de Grace, Maryland
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I go to a restaurant, I do expect great food but also consider the price I paid for the meal. If I consider the White Swan under these terms, it would rate a 6! The food was just delicious, starting with the chicken, moist and seasoned perfectly. They bring you hush puppies while you wait, and my sons ate... More 

Thank Keith D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited on a Sunday. What a busy place--there were pick up orders going out like crazy. A good sign that the food was going to be good. We ordered the barbecue chicken, barbecue sandwich with fries and Brunswick stew. All was delicious-the barbecue sandwich was so good my husband ordered one to go for his supper.... More 

Thank Jennifer and Ke... W
Columbus MS
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just finished another amazing meal from White Swan. When we come back to Smithfield for a visit, this place is going to get a visit as well. Given the limited facility seating, we opt to call in our order and pick it up. They also cater large groups, I see. It's a dive...a hole in the wall...a blink on the... More 

Thank Sam J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a little detour off of 70 to eat here, & it was worth our detour! The BBQ pork was classic eastern NC style BBQ, & the fried chicken was an excellent surprise. The wait staff were kind & helpful.

Thank LenaGrayG
Pacifica, California
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

This place does it right. My husband and I went 2 days in a row. The fried chicken was great as well as the sides of coleslaw and potato salad. The next day I had the ribs and my husband the pulled pork sandwich. The BBQ sauce is vinegar based which was a great dipping sauce for the ribs and... More 

Thank andreabrysn
Raleigh, North Carolina
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63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I usually reserve giving 5 circles to fancier restaurants with great service and unusually good food, but White Swan deserves it. OK, it's not a fancy place. Also, we got our food 5 minutes after we ordered it and I wondered how it could be any good if it was already mostly prepared. After a couple of bites, I was... More 

Thank pk51
Asheboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

For the vey best in down eat style barbeque this is it. The service is good and the food even better. Great hushpuppies and the chicken id wonderful. The fixin's are great and as far as I know they're homemade. I'm sure some if not most are.

Thank Stephen B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Like a lot of Astern NC BBQ joints, this is a hole in the wall. But the BBQ is the real deal. Slaw is "white" Cole slaw with a lot of sugar. No mustard that I could sense. The eastern style BBQ was chipped a little more finely than I typically like it, but it was good. You can get... More 

Thank L D
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

We arrived for dinner at 7:30. Very basic restaurant. Counter service. Empty except for 1 police officer. Sign said closes at 8:30. I ordered pork sandwich and side of coleslaw, hubby ordered large chicken plate. They turned lights off in "dining room". They put our food in a bag-all pre cooked, including fried chicken. I asked about my side of... More 

Thank Judy M
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Sorry you had a bad experience at our restaurant. We close Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 it is on the door along with our other times. Our slaw is made with a lot of sugar, as we have done for years, again apologize that you were not happy with your meal. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
10:30 am - 7:30 am
10:30 am - 7:30 am
10:30 am - 7:30 am
10:30 am - 8:30 am
10:30 am - 8:30 am
10:30 am - 8:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Smithfield
  • Phone Number: 19199348913
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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