As a native of North Carolina with more than 30 years of experience working in restaurants, pit boss Vernon Griffin knows the difference between cooked pork and proper barbecue. He incorporates influences from North Carolina?style barbecue, hickory-smoking and slow-cooking the meats until they?re shot through with bold flavor and tenderness. His menu of down-home favorites, like Buffalo Bill's lunchbox, is full of hand-pulled pork, smoked brisket, and Brunswick stew, simmered for hours.
Owners Jerry and Kathy Hart opened Ole Time Barbecue in 1993; for Jerry, it was the fruition of a meaty dream. As a small child he helped his grandfather Quillie cook barbecue, learning patience as well as the family recipe in the slow-cooking process. The menu stands as a testament to Quillie's traditions. Classic dinners such as the hand-chopped barbecue pork plate and barbecue chicken, fried chicken, and country-style steak (all items $6.99 regular, $7.99 large) please any palate. Combination dinners are available for $9.99 each; all dinners are served with two sides (choose from Southern classics such as fried apple sticks, fried okra, and collards) and Ole Time's famously delicious hushpuppies. For morning birds, breakfast is available from 6 a.m.–10 a.m.
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Dixie Belle’s Bar-B-Q's meats, such as a platter of juicy pulled pork ($7.99), spend 3–12 hours soaking up flavor vapors from slow-burning hickory logs to acquire their telltale pink inner rings and alluringly husky voices. A half slab of ribs slathered in homemade sauce ($8.99) keeps the wet-nap industry flourishing, and sandwiches count among their ranks the Western ($6), a hunk of flame-nuzzled beef brisket accompanied by mushrooms, sautéed onions, horseradish mayo, and the score of a Sergio Leone movie. The menu mates most dishes with a choice of more than a dozen flavorful fixins, which include fried okra, collard greens, and cinnamon apples; fixins are also available in dinner-size half-pint ($1.99), pint ($3.49), or quart ($6.49) servings.
Though Carolina Smokehouse Grill is relatively new to the triangle culinary scene, the eatery has wasted no time making its mark. Under the direction of restaurateur Matt Naugle and executive chef Caroline Pudova, grillmasters smoke up tasty southern favorites that have earned spots on WRAL’s Five Favorites lists for Best Ribs and Best Mac and Cheese. Braised short ribs simmer slowly in beef broth, or pork ribs smoke slowly before dressing in sauce or keeping it casual by arriving to the table dry-rubbed and singing Journey songs. Pudova also prepares eastern North Carolina–style chopped pork barbecue with vinegar-based sauce, or beef brisket that grills for nine hours before sliding onto plates underneath a tomato-based sauce. Carolina Smokehouse Grill pairs these entrees with sides such as fried okra or cheesy bacon grits, as well as specialty peach and berry cobblers topped with vanilla ice cream.