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Old 09-02-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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I'm not a barbecue connoisseur, but I love Jim & Nicks on 160 and S.Tryon. They have great mac & cheese too.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Jim & Nick's appears to be a chain (?) but their food is good. Plus: Pulling into their parking lot we spotted piles and piles of hickory wood. Definitely authentic smoking going on in there.

My favorites locally are Bubba's or Bill Spoon's. Or, sometimes I like to just go by the Southern Spirits off 521 and pick up a boston butt from Gilb's. The thing I love most about NC Barbecue are the traveling roadside sellers. Then I just make my own vinegar based sauce at home!

Now my favorites in the region are Lexington BBQ and Stamey's. Lexington far surpasses any of the others, and Stamey's right up there too.
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Stamey, rule
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:35 AM
 
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Any love for Sticky Fingers in the Ballantyne area? I used to go to SF in Charleston, many years ago, when I had to travel there for business, but I have not been to the Charlotte one yet.
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Old 09-03-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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Being from Salisbury... lots of places there and also close to Lexington there is not much real good B.B.Q. in Charlotte. We have been here for 35 years so I am not a newcomer! Kristopher's in Matthews has the BEST in Charlotte... it's their special on Thursdays and the only day it's available..... today is Thursday so anyone try it out and call me a liar....
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Old 09-03-2009, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Huntersville
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LOL, thanks for the clarification. Some just say Bridges & some specify Bridges on 74. Next time I'll know enough to ask which one.
Other than the Crest/Shelby high rivalry, this is one of the big dividing lines in the area. Check them both out, I'd be interested to see which you prefer.

From what I understand, the two Bridges are not directly related, either, which is kind of weird. Although, there are tons of Bridges in the Shelby area - probably right behind Hamricks and McSwains in terms of quantity.

We always got a giggle when driving past local graveyards and noting the names on the tombstones - "Hamrick, Hamrick, Hamrick, Hamrick".
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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lancasters BBQ
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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We make our own BBQ with a terra cotta smoker (google "Alton Brown smoker" for easy instructions) and it's amazingly good. Seriously. Much better than you can get almost anywhere -- wonderful rich smoky flavor. But you have to have around 8 hours to kill. It's our "football Saturday" routine and the whole neighborhood can smell the meat smoking all day. Can't wait to start up this year!

We haven't found a great BBQ place in Charlotte, so I agree with comments here that you have to leave the city. We plan on making a road trip to Lexington one of these days to check out all the BBQ there.

I don't understand the fascination with Mac's Speed Shop. Sure it's a fun place to have a few beers with friends, and it's great for people-watching all the bikers, but their BBQ isn't good. The pulled pork has ZERO smoke flavor, so I'm not surprised to hear they cook it with gas.
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Old 09-03-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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lancasters BBQ
use gas and only serve eastern
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Outside Charlotte
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bubbas uses gas heat
Unfortunately, that's the trend nowadays.
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