Name: The Pik-N-Pig (NC State Fair stall)
Address: NC State Fair, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
Order: Pork plate with slaw and beans (link to menu)
Monk: The State Fair is usually home to various deep-fried “delights”, but on a Sunday morning on an unusually warm October day I wasn’t feeling anything of the sort – not even the “deep fried bbq” I spotted at another stall.
On my way into the fair, I saw a truck for Big Al’s BBQ and was planning to find that location but once it came time to actually eat, I spotted a stall for the Pik-n-Pig first. The original location of The Pik-n-Pig is at a small airport in Carthage, NC and coincidentally a good friend had posted some Instagram photos earlier that week from flying in from High Point.
Several bags of wood lump charcoal lined the outside of the stall, which resembled a log cabin. And I could taste the smokiness from it in the pork with large pieces of bark mixed in. Though the coarsely pulled strands were a little bigger than I prefer, the eastern sauce helped with some of the dryness in the larger pieces.
The vinegary white slaw was good and had a distinct flavor that I couldn’t quite place my finger on – and neither could Mrs. Monk. Despite the inability to place the secret ingredient, I liked the slaw quite a bit. The baked beans were pretty standard.
We passed the location for Big Al’s on the way out, which was heavily shaded and had tons of picnic tables. It might have been a better setting but I’m thinking I probably came out ahead in the barbecue department at The Pik-n-Pig. Though I hope to make it to the original location someday – preferably by air, of course.
Atmosphere – 2.5 hogs
Pork – 3.5 hogs
Sides – 3.5 hogs
Overall – 3.5 hogs
2 thoughts on “The Pik-N-Pig (NC State Fair Stall) – Raleigh, NC”
I work at the pik n pig in carthage, I’m a waitress there and my aunt Janie and her son, Ashley, own the Pik n Pig. It’s really a family atmosphere because my mom is the kitchen manager and does all the homemade desserts 🙂 … I actually do our Facebook page and I was just going thru Google and articles and came across this. Love it !! & we cannot wait for you to come see us at the restaurant in Carthage! If you want to see planes coming in and out definitely try to come on a weekend, during the day (No lights on the runway), & definitely not a windy day haha! Feel free to like our Facebook page because I would love to share your findings as well 🙂
Thanks for the comment, Amanda! I hope to make it out there someday soon.