Name: The Dixie Pig
Location: 2007 Celanese Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
Order: Pork platter with hash and red slaw, half rack of ribs
Price: Monk: $27
We’ve long ago established that we don’t trust Yelp reviews when it comes to to barbecue. However, when I come across a new joint I do admit that I sometimes use the site as a reference. After my experience at The Dixie Pig in Rock Hill, SC (4.7 stars on the site), I think I have written off Yelp even more so in terms of barbecue credibility.
On a Monday shortly after 12 noon, I walked into a small restaurant with a full lunch crowd. If the locals are packing a place in, well that’s usually a good sign. I took a spot at the bar and before long all tables and spots at the bar were filled. It turned out to be downhill from there, but I will say that the service at the bar was good at least.
I asked for the pork with the sauce on the side in the event that it came out drenched in the stuff as other plates seemed to be. The meat appeared to have been held under a heat lamp for a while prior to serving. Plus there was no bark or smoke. I peeked into the kitchen from the bar and saw a Southern Pride gas smoker in the back. You can usually coax some smoke out of a Southern Pride with some wood chunks during the process, but it was as if they hadn’t even tried that. I simply couldn’t finish my serving.
I added a half rack of ribs to my order since there was no combo platters available. The meat fell off the bone when I picked up a rib which could be indicative of boiling of ribs before cooking them. Either way, they were way overcooked and were just about on par with the pork, which is to say not so good.
Sides were a mixed bag. The red slaw lacked tang and had a weird sweetness to them (likely due to excess ketchup but that alone may not have accounted for the taste). I’m no hash and rice expert, but at least this version seemed to be ok. That and the two hush puppies that came with the platter were by far the best part of the meal.
I can only imagine why this place was so packed and had a line of folks waiting to be seated by the time I left. Smokeless, dry pork and ribs with the consistency of boiled ribs: that’s what you are in for if you stop into The Dixie Pig in Rock Hill. What a disappointing meal.
Atmosphere/Ambiance – 3 hogs
Pork – 1.5 hogs
Ribs – 1.5 hogs
Sides – 2 hogs
Overall – 2 hogs
7 thoughts on “The Dixie Pig – Rock Hill, SC”
There is a combination barbecue restaurant and package store in Knoxville TN. For one brief moment, I though this place was a combo restaurant and laundromat. If only.
You’re right, the sign kind of blends the two businesses together. A combo barbecue restaurant/laundromat would be one heck of a racket though. Imagine how many “accidental” spills you’d have, only to refer you next door.
Rock HIll has lost a lot of BBQ places in the last two years. They used to have some good ones – – Berk’s BBQ and Bat’s BBQ were both fine, but failed. Another, Kicking Pig, was closed due to road improvements, it was OK. There was also a Maurice’s, but that one failed, too (deservedly so). I think there’s still a Sonny’s location. Rock Hillers have to go to Fort Mill these days for a BBQ fix.
Thanks for the info, Robert. Speedy checked out Bat’s a few years ago but thats pretty much it in terms of our Rock Hill exposure. Sounds like we aren’t missing out on much.
Barbecue brothers – help!
I’m looking for barbecue in an around Fayetteville, NC. Any recommendations or cautions?
I don’t have a lot of experience in Fayetteville, but a few that I would check out would be Memphis Barbecue Company (from famed barbecuer Melissa Cookston) and Fuller’s Old Fashion BBQ (I enjoyed the Lumberton location). If you’re in a pinch, the Mac’s Speed Shop location there might do as well. Hope that helped.
Thanks, very much.