Cooking smoked meat on the grill adds the charred lines needed to keep barbecue sauce sonnets from blending into the grainy syllables of bun haikus. Keep piquant poems in their place with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Lexington-style barbecue at Carolina Barbecue. Choose between two Spartanburg locations: East Blackstock Road or Lone Oak Road.
Chefs at Carolina Barbecue slather homemade vinegar-based sauces atop pulled pork, ribs, and chicken that's been hickory smoked for hours. The menu ceremoniously introduces taste buds to its Southern and Lexington-style savories with starters that include a cap-doffing bowl of Brunswick stew ($1.99) or shyly curtseying onion rings ($2.99). Barbecue plates headline the main-course marquee with entrees such as a half barbecue chicken ($7.19) and chopped pulled pork ($6.99). The half-rack of ribs plate ($12.99) keeps chin-dabbing diners busy with six tender St. Louis–style pork ribs finished on the grill and basted with barbecue sauce. All plates come sidekicked with hushpuppies and a choice of two sides such as baked beans, fried squash, or cinnamon apples. For a smaller serving, grab hold of a barbecue sandwich or burger ($3.69+). Children can get in on the finger-lickin’ fun thanks to an on-site shrinking machine that transforms sandwiches, chicken tenders, and mac ‘n’ cheese into serving sizes compatible with the appetites of kids 10 and younger.
Carolina Barbecue’s owner Mike Hicks encourages his guests to indulge heartily on their Lexington-style ribs, chicken, and pulled pork, as he finds no face more beautiful than one slathered in barbecue sauce. To complement his ribs and barbecue plates, the menu offers a dozen southern sides such as barbecue slaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, and green beans. The signature sauce, whipped up by Mike’s team of pit masters, is known for its vinegar-base, hickory smokiness, and ability to attract friendly bears.