Like phone numbers and ill-considered doctoral theses, barbecue sauce often ends up on a napkin. Dole out savory blots with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of barbecued fare and pours at Tom’s BBQ and Catering.
Tom’s BBQ slathers a menu of pork, beef, and chicken in a choice of nine savory sauces. A dinner plate of Carolina pork shoulder ($7.50), Texas beef brisket ($9.50), or barbecue chicken ($7.50) arrives with an entourage of two made-from-scratch sides and a makeup artist for sauce touch-ups. Mild, hot, and mustard sauces join Jake’s and North Carolina flavors in blanketing meat, along with the signature Tom’s BBQ’s World Championship cheerwine sauce. The grill delivers a quarter-pound cheeseburger with fries ($5.50) or quarter-rack of ribs ($9.50), and a menu of made-from-scratch sides assembles fried apples, hush puppies, and barbecue baked beans ($1.35 each).
Tom's BBQ and Catering
Tom Engel burst onto the culinary scene in 1977 when he opened Richards Cafe and Little Richards. Now, in his eponymous house of barbecue, he draws on more than 30 years of culinary experience to roast brisket, chicken, and carolina pork shoulder, drawing out their natural flavors with one of nine sauces. These savory potions—which range from sweet and mild to spicy to Cheerwine sauce—sizzle on the grill, punching up a menu that overflows with homestyle treats such as hush puppies, meaty barbecue baked potatoes, and saucy ribs. Tom's BBQ also deliver catered Southern feasts to parties, special events, and straw houses to send their residents a stern message.