For easy reference, I have compiled the winners of each category in one post. Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen had 3 meats that were best in their category, which helps explain their perch atop the Charlotte Big Board. I still feel very good about the brisket from The Smoke Pit but might reconsider the ribs from Queen City Q in any future revisions to this list, as I have not had a great experience the past few times I’ve gone. One other thing that struck me while composing this post, while Midwood Smokehouse did not win any singular category it was in the top 3 in each of the 5 categories. That would help explain why they are ranked #2 on the Big Board.
We’ve previously posted our lists for pork, brisket, ribs, and sausage but now it’s time for the rest. These are dishes that are not necessarily widely available in restaurants in the Charlotte area, so we wouldn’t have a lot of competition for each.
The Brunswick Stew from Boone’s is not only the dish that led to his food truck, but it also earned the number 1 best brunswick stew in Johnny Fugitt’s book The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. I believe that Midwood Smokehouse is one of only maybe two or three restaurants in Charlotte that serves burnt ends, but we feel it’s a pretty darn good representation. And finally, if you aren’t familiar with a “que jar” or “barbecue sundae” its a mason jar or sundae cup filled with pulled pork at the bottom and some combination of baked beans, mac and cheese, and cole slaw layered on top. And it is glorious.
I’m confident that nothing in Charlotte will compare to the house made sausages you would find in central Texas, but here’s our list. Midwood Smokehouse would be the closest you would find to that style of sausage, and Boone’s and Queen City Q both actually finish their sausages on the grill (which should be no surprise since Boone helped start Queen City Q). I would posit that sausages would be the area for most improvement in Charlotte, lagging behind pork (obviously) and even brisket.
We initially started this blog in order to find the best barbecue restaurant in Charlotte. While we feel pretty comfortable with our current rankings on the big board having visited 40+ restaurants, what more logical next step than to explore the best meats and dishes in the greater Charlotte area? This is the third post in our series. Click here to find the other posts.
Between the two of us in Charlotte, Speedy is much more the rib guy. Not that Monk doesn’t enjoy a quality rack; it’s just not his preferred meat. Plus, its debatable whether or not ribs are really truly considered barbecue in NC. And while Mac’s Speed Shop does offer a beef rib, this list is strictly a pork ribs list.