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Old 03-12-2014, 01:53 PM   #136
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Old 03-23-2014, 05:36 AM   #137
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Hog Heaven - Durham, NC

We've hit several new places lately, but I haven't had the chance to post anything about them. We met Bluem00se and Pinkm00se at this place a couple weeks ago on a semi-whim. I've been wanting to check it out as it gets great reviews on yelp, google and the like. I've kind of avoided it as the ride over there is neighborhood/four lane/slab and ends up about a block off I-85 in a not great neighborhood. But...

Hog Heaven Bar B-Q
2419 Guess Road
Durham, NC
919 286-7447

Here's their Website:
http://www.hogheavenbarbecue.com/

Some awards they've won:
*We are Best of Citysearch again for 2010* :


*Voted Triangle's Best Caterer 2007 - 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best BBQ 2004 - 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best Reataurant 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best Seafood 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best Dessert 2008 - 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best Lunch Spot 2008 - 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best American Food 2010
*Voted Triangle's Best Family Friendly Dining 2008 - 2010
*Voted Durham's Best BBQ and Caterer 2006-2010
*Winner of the WRAL poll for King of the Cue Down East Barbecue


They're in a small strip mall a block off the Interstate:


They have designated parking:




The menu:


Nice, big place. Everyone in here was extremely friendly, including the customers. Pretty much everyone seemed glad to be here.


Order at the counter up front and they bring it to your table when it's ready in a few minutes. I got a barbecue plate with "Granny Potatoes" and slaw. The Granny Potatoes were mentioned in several reviews and featured in several places on the menu. Not sure what I was expecting, but basically boiled/buttered white potatoes. Done very well, but just your basic boiled potatoes for the most part. Barbecue was very good. Moist, flavorful - no demerits. Slaw was well done utility slaw. The hushpuppies were fresh and tasty and they'll bring more to your table if they see you running low...


GS got a barbecue plate with greens and green beans:


Bluemoose got mac/cheese and applesauce with his plate:


Pinkmoose got okra and potato salad:


They have two homemade sauces - one a very well done eastern style with a lot of flavor and some heat and the other a kind of sweet version of the same thing. They also have Texas Pete, plain cider vinegar and Trappey's vinegar.


Learned about this group by seeing this shirt on the wall:


Obligatory signage on the walls:


Overall impression: Good food, good people, marginal location although easy to get to by 4 wheel vehicle, wholly uninteresting ride. A definite "must stop" if you're checking out good NC barbecue, but not a two wheel destination for any other reason. We'll definitely go back if we're driving by, but unless we have some other compelling reason to be in that area on two wheels, won't likely go back by bike.



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http://www.yelp.com/biz/hog-heaven-bar-b-q-durham-2
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:27 AM   #138
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Hmmm? How have I missed this tread for 3 years? Johnson Family BBQ is literally minutes from here, I've heard about it, and seen it, but never tried it. That's going to change SOON!

I've lived in the Raleigh/Cary area for 19 years, and never eaten at BBQ Lodge in Raleigh. Been told by several people that it was filthy and disgusting. I guess I need to go judge for myself. I used to live close to Old Time BBQ, and used to frequent that place. But it went downhill. The pig was consistently greasy and tough, and something had obviously changed. We quit going. But I've been back a couple of times in recent years and it seems to be good again. We ate at Bullocks in Durham a few nights ago. I had eaten the food when it was catered at work several times over the years, but never been to the restaurant. I must say, we were quite impressed with the pork. It was well seasoned, juicy and tangy. Needed no additional sauce. My wife and I decided that it as going into our regular rotation of restaurants. Good food, good prices, and tons of veggie and sides options!

I tried Holden's many years ago. I don't even remember if it was good or not, didn't make any lasting impression obviously. I do miss The Forks though. It's been gone for several years, and the few times I ate there, it was good. Used to be a little shack on the end of Falls of the Neuse Rd, near Thompson Mill, before the roads got rebuilt around there.

But I still think the best BBQ I've had came from the places around Greenville and Kinston. I pass through Goldsboro and Kinston occasionally and make a point to stop and eat at one of the famous places down 70. I used to live closee to a Parker's in Greenville, and while it is a "chain", it's much better than Smithfield's.

I need to jump on this review thing myself in the near future!
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:06 AM   #139
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Hmmm? How have I missed this tread for 3 years? Johnson Family BBQ is literally minutes from here, I've heard about it, and seen it, but never tried it. That's going to change SOON!
I'm asking myself the same question. My family is from eastern NC and I grew up taking last shift cooking whole hog over cherry wood on my uncle's smoker. So far I've gotta say Pete Jones BBQ is my favorite by a long shot but I hate the lack of variety in the sides but it's still worth it. I look forward to trying Johnson Family BBQ. I'm also kinda surprised to see that Clyde Cooper's hasn't made this thread as I think it's the best Que west of I-95.
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:14 AM   #140
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I'm asking myself the same question. My family is from eastern NC I grew up taking last shift cooking whole hog over cherry wood on my uncles smoker. So far I've gotta say Pete Jones BBQ is my favorite by a long shot but I hate the lack of variety in the sides but it's still worth it. I look forward to trying Johnson Family BBQ. I also kinda surprised to see that Clyde Cooper's hasn't made this thread as I think it's the best Que west of I-95.
I've been to Clyde Coopers and it did not really impress me like a number of other places have. I'm due for a return to Johnson's...I was impressed big time...but how consistent are they? On my second visit they were out of Que because they had not started their wood fire in time...
Pete Jones is excellent but a bit out of the way...depends i 'spose where you're coming from...
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I pass Bob's in Butner often. I take classes at VGCC right across the street. I just haven't timed it right to try it out. It's on my "to do" list also! I've been hesitant recently, I was up there last week, and almost stopped in. But I was afraid they'd only have fries and slaw as sides. I can't eat either of those right now, just veggies for me. (trying to get back my girlish figure, down 30+ pounds so far but still got 25-30 pounds to go) All you FFs eating fries and burgers yesterday, almost made me cry! Fries are like my kryptonite. It's been hard, but I haven't had a fry in over 2 months!
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Bob's is a decent spot. I meet my dad there about once/month and hit it on occasion otherwise. It's a good standby kind of place. Barbecue is good. Lots of other items on the menu are very good. Best fried pork chops I've had anywhere and the onion rings are fantastic. So is the shrimp. They have been a little hit and miss lately, but I'm nowhere near writing them off. The Barbecue Barn (Pink Pig) in Butner a few miles away needs to be on your list for sure. Only been there two or three times, but always been impressed.
Johnson Family Barbecue was a serious surprise, but like STBNE said, they can and do run out of barbecue on occasion. I think it's just two people that run the whole place and that's going to happen. Personally, I think it adds to the charm.
I won't go back to Holden's under any circumstances. That place is an intestinal disorder in full bloom.
We went to Wilber's in Goldsboro yesterday and for as much as I've been anticipating going there for years, I'm going to have to say I was disappointed. Review to follow.
As far as the Barbecue Lodge on Capital goes, go midweek at lunch. Don't bother on the weekends or for dinner. They completely shine at lunch.
My recent favorite find is Carolina Barbecue in Garner. Among the best I've had in a while. Review on it to follow as well.
I like Coopers as well. We usually get them to cater our Christmas lunch at work.
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I've been curious about Carolina BBQ in Garner. I've driven by it a thousand times, and never tried it. I drove by there today actually, and wondered if anyone here could comment on it. It seems to stay busy.
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I've been curious about Carolina BBQ in Garner. I've driven by it a thousand times, and never tried it. I drove by there today actually, and wondered if anyone here could comment on it. It seems to stay busy.
Isn't that the odd thing about BBQ? No matter how good or bad it might be I've never seen one go out of business. And most folks that eat at their local or favorite BBQ joint will swear it's the best there is. Obviously taste is subjective but what some places get away with serving it just down right nasty to me. Who in the heck makes their sauce using tomatoes or mustard anyway?
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It's cooked meat, and there can be a LOT of variables there. It's like my experience with Old Time. I liked it for years, and then all of a sudden, twice back to back it was tough, greasy, just bad meat.
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Isn't that the odd thing about BBQ? No matter how good or bad it might be I've never seen one go out of business. And most folks that eat at their local or favorite BBQ joint will swear it's the best there is. Obviously taste is subjective but what some places get away with serving it just down right nasty to me. Who in the heck makes their sauce using tomatoes or mustard anyway?

I found one that went out of business. Can't remember the name, but STBNE and I rode out looking for one in Roxboro a year or so back on the way to or from grabbing a tag. It was within a block of Fox's Suzuki/Kawasaki/Triumph.

And completely agree on the subjectiveness of it.

The first time I saw the mustard crap, I almost walked out. Blasphemes!!!
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It's cooked meat, and there can be a LOT of variables there. It's like my experience with Old Time. I liked it for years, and then all of a sudden, twice back to back it was tough, greasy, just bad meat.
Danny's in Cary and Morrisville was bad as far as I'm concerned. They did pretty much everything wrong. Except the french fries. They were good. And a couple folks from work say they have the best wings anywhere.
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a few yrs back i met some riders for a RTE to Farmboys BBQ near Columbia SC...the restaurant was family run...and all the food is homemade...they had 2 styles of Q...one was eastern style vinegar based and the other was a mustard based Q...I did sample the mustard Q and thought it was pretty good but I still prefer eastern style ofc...
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Carolina Barbecue - Garner, NC

Carolina Barbecue
733 Highway 70 W.
Garner, NC
919-773-0222
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877-LUV-BBQ1

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http://www.cbqnc.com/

This is one of those places that if you live in the area, you've ridden by a bunch of times and it kind of catches your eye as it's just a second too late to stop. I did stop once for lunch a while back and remembered enjoying it, so we set out to make it a destination lunch.



Moderate size barbecue place in the traditional long rectangle style


I hadn't realized that this place has been here for getting close to 50 years


Fairly traditional menu, but they also offer family style. Since it was just the two of us, we ordered from the menu:


Interior shot - long, lots of booths, plenty of seating. Bright, clean.


Table service and the first hint that I was going to like this place and that they care about doing it right was the waiter asking if we'd like some pork skins. Uh, well, you know, AMERICA!


Then, they bring your drink with a small pitcher of refills, like a good barbecue place is supposed to. Just realized that hardly anyone does this any more. I can think of two or three off the top of my head that I've been to in the last year, but it's a nice touch.


Two homemade sauces - one labeled BBQ Chicken Sauce which is wholly appropriate for the tomato-y type sauce that some folks think is what "barbecue sauce" should be. You know, the folks where long winters and Barney Frank are more the norm... And the other a spicy sauce that gets its red from chilis and spices.


I got a barbecue plate with green beans and Brunswick Stew and she got a plate with a double order of greens. Oh yeah, I ordered a regular and she ordered a large, but the waiter decided I looked hungry enough for a large and brought me one anyway - but charged me for a regular, of course...
They bring a bowl of slaw for the table.




They also are one of the few places where they still bring you corn sticks with your hush puppies. I miss these things at just about everywhere I've stopped in the last couple years.


The food: I'll usually eat a few bites of the barbecue before saucing it up, but this absolutely nailed it! I tried a few bites with their "spicy" sauce, but realized that this was among the best, if not THE best unadorned barbecue I can recall ever having. Fresh, slightly smoky, moist, spiced/seasoned perfectly. Just 100% right on the money. Every single bit confirmed it. Almost a "wait a minute, seriously?" moment with every forkful. I'm determined to eventually get to all of them in the state, but this place had me wondering if that was really necessary. The Brunswick Stew was very good, chunks of chicken, loads of veggies, good base. The green beans were good, nothing special, but what I was expecting. The slaw was utility-ish, but disappointing only in that they didn't knock it out of the park. Hush puppies were fresh, hot, not too sweet and the corn sticks were almost enough to make me want to go back strictly just because. One down note was that she said her greens were past their prime. A bit too long in the pot.

It's on a four lane road south or Raleigh, so the ride there is boring. You're going to go here for the food, not the ride.

This has moved to the Will Return Regularly section of the list. A real surprise.

Yelp reviews:
http://www.yelp.com/biz/carolina-barbecue-garner

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the bbq had the perfect amount of fat in it. no chunks but a great full flavor, the spices allowed to do their thing unimpeded by dry texture. Cooked perfectly. The hushpuppies were very good but I am hunting for the perfect puppy.... and the perfect oatmeal cookie. all around a definite go back to place.

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That's great to hear. I have to try it now.
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