When to visit: lunch or when sick of seafood, at breakfast, lunch, or dinner
Type: home barbecue
Ambiance: plastic forks, paper plates, wooden booths, four different squirt bottles of barbecue sauce (vinegary, tomatoey, SC mustard, and sweet House sauce), a hint of smoky air, and a smiing, bikini-clad pig roasting on her chaise lounge on the sign outside, and lemonade or iced tea options in foam cups.
Difference Dividend: A pleasant change of venue from all the other aspiring frutta del mare options in Brunswick County.
Service: they know they serve good barbecue and are eager to serve it with a squad of Piggy-Barbecue-House-pastel-t-shirt-clad waitresses
Vegetarian value: fuggedaboutid, but red or white slaw, green beans, sweet potato fries, fried okra, onion rings, and collards don’t hold a candle to the meat.
For me, the signature dish is the lunch special barbecue pork sandwich with fries. This $5.99 special is quick with the best of NC coal cooking: that fall-off-your-fork, melt-in-your-mouth tenderness so characteristic of pulled pork. There's plenty of flavor without the table sauces, but I'm partial to the peppery sauce. Try the sandwich with the red slaw on top. The railroad-car feel of the dining room is partially compensated by the waist to ceiling windows overlooking the kitchen beside you. The vats and gallon jugs of indifferently stored commercial condiments minimize the kitchen pleasure. Wood paneling of the walls is hidden by an assortment of framed photos including sports figures. Wipe your hands and jowls with the roll of paper towels at each table. (You can really enjoy your food with a whole roll of paper as backup). I like my barbecue chicken moist, so I stay away from it here. Do try the Brunswick stew, an alleged local special, but don't enter the debate on whether the Brunswick refers to Georgia, NC, or SC. On your way out you can buy a tub of barbecue to-go so you can snack at home and enjoy your sandwich on real crusty bread instead of Sunbeam's best buns. I make better banana pudding, but the kids like it. Been there, got the t-shirt.
For the kids: Hot dogs and, chicken strips, and a fine mac and cheese.
Also try: half and full racks of ribs but bring in the fire hose for clean up.
Pay on the way out.
Always check for business hours as many places close for the winter, close for a couple hours in the PM, or can't be found when the fish are biting.
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