Catawba BBQ & Grill is the successor to Ranucci’s BBQ & Grill, whose menu it hasn't wholly discarded. What three words would describe the food on the new menu? Barbecued, smoked, and pulled. Whether offered in sandwich form or spread across a plate, the pulled pork and chicken gets barbecued and can be smoked in-house for more than 12 hours. Or, dry-rubbed racks of ribs can get served in half or full quantity.
Of course, it wouldn't be Carolina barbecue without southern twists. The chefs take the philly cheesesteak and make it their own by topping pulled pork with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and melted cheddar. Or, they unite smoked beef brisket with melted swiss cheese, barbecue sauce, and jalapeño coleslaw to make a zesty carolina Reuben. Beginning May 13 the establishment will be open seven days a week.
When he was 9 years old, Steve Spoon started working at Bill Spoon's BBQ so he could be closer to his grandfather, the eponymous Bill Spoon. He began by cleaning tables for a dollar an hour, but as the years went by and he learned the family's decades-old recipes, he became more invested in the business. What started as a summer job and a way to bond with his grandfather steadily became his passion, and, as a 10th grader, Steve was already determined to run the restaurant someday.
Since taking over, he hasn't strayed far from his grandfather's legacy. His cooks still slow roast whole pigs for 10 hours before loading them into the smoker along with a fragrant mixture of hickory wood and foreclosed gingerbread houses, and they accompany each plateful with the family's signature vinegar-based barbecue sauce. This flavorful combination of succulent, handpicked pork and tangy sauce helped earn Bill Spoon's BBQ a spot on Zagat's list of the 10 U.S. Barbecue Meccas in 2011.
Along with pulled pork, the rich scents of hickory smoke and fried hushpuppies waft throughout the dining room, mingling with the aromas of made-from-scratch sides, such as baked beans and mac ‘n’ cheese, and desserts including banana bread pudding.
Engineered with locally acquired ingredients, the dishes on the menu at Sauceman's enumerate a catalog of tasty barbecue, specialty burgers, and flavorful pizza. Bite into a sandwich interlaced with thinly sliced beef and woven into a river of barbecue sauce ($6.25 for small, $7.75 for regular) or dine on the Hungry Man's Good Deal, which binds a half-pound of charbroiled burger with melted american cheese on a kaiser-bun foundation and, despite its misleading title, can be enjoyed by women and boys who are not legally men yet ($7.95).
The cooks at Farmer's BBQ know that good barbecue takes time. That’s why they slow-cook their beef brisket for up to 22 hours, wrapping the meat midway through to ensure that it stays tender and retains its juices. They also take their time preparing pulled pork, bone-in chicken, and other barbecue classics, rounding out plates with sides such as chicken and dumplings or sweet-potato fries. Diners can end meals on a sweet note with housemade peach cobbler or banana pudding.
When lifelong friends Mark and Ren?e Cieslikowski and Brian and Linda Rich were tailgating for a Panthers game in 2002, a delicious smell wafted into the parking lot and changed their lives. On the back of the wind, the unmistakable smoky scent of barbecue rode in and inspired them to craft recipes of their own, leading them to eventually open up a Q2U BBQ Pit storefront in Lake Wylie.
At Q2U BBQ Pit, they have created a menu of tasty pit fare that includes chopped pork, sliced beef brisket, pulled chicken, and tender ribs, the recipes for which they have honed through multiple years of competitions. Not only were they awarded the South Carolina Masters of Barbecue award by the South Carolina Barbecue Association, but their North Carolina?style vinegar-based sauce was selected as the official sauce of the Democratic National Convention. They also match their meats with classic sides that include hush puppies, banana pudding, and peanut-butter pie.