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“Local boys made good with Old Carolina”

Old Carolina Barbecue
Ranked #26 of 344 Restaurants in Canton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
Description: A passion for great barbecue inspired two former high school buddies to start a competition barbecue team in 2003. Travels across the country led us to discover the rich traditions of Carolina-style barbecue. During many road trips across the region, second and third generation pitmasters shared their closely guarded secrets and decades-old recipes. It wasn't long before those recipes started earning Old Carolina trophies on the barbecue circuit. Best sauce. Best ribs. Best pulled pork. Fans of Old Carolina demanded a regular outpost they could visit every day of the week. And, in 2006, the first Old Carolina Barbecue Company restaurant opened in Massillon, Ohio. Over the years, a focused effort to serve extraordinary barbecue with genuine hospitality has helped Old Carolina grow into multiple restaurant locations. More importantly, the fan base for authentic slow-smoked barbecue continues to grow throughout Ohio and beyond, leading Old Carolina to be named one of the 10 Best Barbecue Chains in America.
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Description: A passion for great barbecue inspired two former high school buddies to start a competition barbecue team in 2003. Travels across the country led us to discover the rich traditions of Carolina-style barbecue. During many road trips across the region, second and third generation pitmasters shared their closely guarded secrets and decades-old recipes. It wasn't long before those recipes started earning Old Carolina trophies on the barbecue circuit. Best sauce. Best ribs. Best pulled pork. Fans of Old Carolina demanded a regular outpost they could visit every day of the week. And, in 2006, the first Old Carolina Barbecue Company restaurant opened in Massillon, Ohio. Over the years, a focused effort to serve extraordinary barbecue with genuine hospitality has helped Old Carolina grow into multiple restaurant locations. More importantly, the fan base for authentic slow-smoked barbecue continues to grow throughout Ohio and beyond, leading Old Carolina to be named one of the 10 Best Barbecue Chains in America.
Reviewed December 8, 2012

Great Barbecue in Belden Village. Whenever I want a great selection of barbecue and real good side dishes for lunch, I head to Old Carolina. Its decor and location is not old southern barbecue but the what the decor lacks the food makes up for in spades.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

We learned the difference between our northern barbecue style and southern style while an several visits to North Carolina. Old Carolina Barbecue (OCB) is a delicious example of this style, served with some terrific sides.

The staff at OCB must attend the same customer service school as the people at Disney World. They are all happy to have you visit and energetic in their service. If you're unfamiliar with how to order, they are glad to help. When we visit, we like to get a couple different meats so we can sample and share.

It's all slow cooked over a fire with no sauce, just some nice seasoning. You add one five sauces at the table. My personal favorite is Screaming Beaver, their hottest option, but there are flavors for every taste.

While you can get the creamy coleslaw typically found in this area, you can also got the more tart vinegar-style. Again, we like the variety and usually get both. Their baked beans have a variety of beans with meat. As good as I've eaten. I am not a huge fan of macaroni and cheese, and I prefer to fill up on meat rather than pasta, but this is also one of their standout side orders.

We always over-order in the restaurant so we have lots of nibbling options. The leftovers travel and reheat easily, so we will continue to enjoy their food for a few days at home.

The dine-in area is clean and pleasant, but they do a tremendous carry out business at a separate walk-up window. If you are looking for a meal you can take to a business lunch or a casual evening event at home, call ahead. The even provide throw away serving utensils.

Did I mention the Screaming Beaver hot sauce? Go for it!

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