Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Charlotte's Own Bill Spoon's BBQ Makes USA Today


Bill Spoon's has been here in Charlotte for almost as long as I've been alive, they opened in 1963 (I was born in '61). They are an anomaly in the Piedmont, an eastern-NC-style BBQ joint that cooks the whole hog, rather than the shoulders typically cooked in Lexington-style BBQ. They also utilize eastern-style vinegar sauce, which is made with vinegar, peppers, and little else. This vinegar sauce is the least popular of all BBQ sauce styles in the USA; the majority of Americans like their sauce red, tomato-ey, and sweet.

I've eaten at Spoon's fairly often, I like the age and tradition of the place, with no compromise with modernity. They don't even have a soft drink dispenser; if you order a Coke or other soft drink, you are brought a can cold from the refrigerator. Like most family-run BBQ places, alcohol isn't sold in Spoon's.

Anyway, it's a good article, give it a look.

h/t Barbecue Bros.


ProudHillbilly said...

There was a little place over in Scotland Neck, NC, that was only open on Friday and Saturday that made the most incredible eastern style NC bbq... Dang. Now I'm hungry. And it's a bit late in the day for a run to eastern NC to look for a place.

Old NFO said...

I need to visit Spoons the next time I'm in Charlotte... drool...