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“Oh, the hushpuppies!”

White Swan Barbecue INC
Ranked #8 of 88 Restaurants in Smithfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Barbecue
Description: 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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Description: 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.
Upstate New York
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Oh, the hushpuppies!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

The pork bar b que was very good as was the Brunswick Stew. The huspuppies were incredibly addictive. The string beans were mushy and tasted like they came from a can. Our waitress, Shannon, was excellent and made the dining experience even better. I think the food was good, not great, but would most likely go back again if I were in the area.

  • Visited October 2013
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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love this BBQ”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

When we are in Smithfield or surrounding area, we always stop at White Swan - absolutely the best BBQ ever! Don't let the looks of the place fool you (part of a service station) - you have to stop and eat here. We love the BBQ, the hush puppies and always take some home with us.
When you eat in, try one of the BBQ platters. Great cole slaw and the best green beans and boiled potatoes. Even had fresh fried okra on our last visit! And if you eat in, the staff keep bringing you hush puppies. It is a must and we recommend a stop here for great North Carolina BBQ.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Donna G
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Raleigh, NC
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Exit 319 off I40 Gotta Stop to load up!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Enroute to the beach, or coming back home, we stop at the White Swan at exit 319 off I40. Best hushpuppies, cole slaw, and BarBQ for miles around. Excellent value, caring service, great eats!

  • Visited July 2013
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2 Thank Virago6
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Local food”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

The place is very local and the food is awesome. I would definitely recommend this place. The people here are very nice.

  • Visited July 2013
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3 Thank TXShot
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Columbus MS
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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“Top BBQ in the Area”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

I was born and raised in Smithfield NC, and White Swan has been the place to go for BBQ as long as I can remember. Of course, I haven't lived in Smithfield for years, but we visit my parents at least once a yr. We always get White Swan fried chicken and BBQ pork every visit. This is the top BBQ place in the region...very much a hole in the wall....classic North Carolina home grown cooking. For you all from up North, or even Memphis, this is not tomato based sweet BBQ sauce pork here. This is vinegar basted hot sauce on slow roasted pig, and people from this region have grown to love it that way. I married a Memphis girl who just doesn't like it.
But, to each his own. And, by the way, the BBQ chicken is quite good here and the hush puppies are crazy good when fresh out of the fryer. This is no health food stop...but it's Andy Griffith good down south eating like no other.

  • Visited June 2013
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