When it comes to Beef.
They have the Pork BBQ Down. I don’t think anywhere else is Pork BBQ on point with NC. You can go anywhere and get good BBQ Pork, but in NC, you can go anywhere and get great BBQ Pork.
Now, when it comes to Beef BBQ, I just gotta say NC falls short. I’ve gone around Coastal Carolina and have sampled beef BBQ… and you know there the best I’ve found was?
Dickey’s a chain of fast food BBQ joints that all tastes the same wherever you go… And it’s good BBQ in the sense that a Big Mac is a good Burger. Good when you’ve not had a burger of any sort in a long time. But compared to others – it’s weak. That’s Dickey’s. I had a rather small Brisket Sandwich the other day at the Dickey’s in Raleigh, NC. Man, it was the best Brisket I’ve had in NC. Honestly. The meat was tender and the Sauce was tangy and spicy… it was good. Compared to everywhere else I’ve tried Brisket at in NC. The meat was flavorless… Didn’t taste like Beef. It tasted like it was boiled or something. Tasted like dishwater. Actually, on it’s own, and anywhere else in the country, it would have been freaking disgusting. But in the context of NC Beef BBQ, it was good.
That right there should enlighten you as to the state of Beef BBQ in NC.
Dickey’s does a good Pork BBQ too… I’ve not had any bad in NC. Even at a chain like Dickey’s, which is over priced, mediocre and stingy on the portions. Now, don’t be offended if you like Dickey’s Beef BBQ. You just don’t know how good real BBQ can really be, and it’s probably not your fault either. Because in NC when you say BBQ – that just means Pork BBQ. Specifically pulled pork. BBQ = Pulled Pork in NC. It just does. And that’s fine… for NC. But really NC needs to learn to take Beef BBQ seriously.
And Dickey’s Ribs? 3 Ribs for 7.50? That’s an insult. Ribs should be served in 2 sizes. Half Rack or Full Rack…. okay, 3 sizes – All the Racks. Because when you eat Ribs and are 99% done, you should be thinking “OMG, I’m going to die from Stomach Rupturing Rib Over Dose.” And the next thought should be, “But I got one more rib left, can’t let it go to waste.”