Charlotte Barbecue Joint Big Board – May 2014

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Big shakeup at the number one spot in our Charlotte leader board. We’ve added 5 reviews to the Charlotte rankings since December and Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen, a food truck run by a Dan “Boone” Gibson, who helped create the original Mac’s Speed Shop and Queen City Q, takes the top spot with it’s moist, tender, smokey barbecue with a perfect bark. It’s high quality brisket and sausage only help to solidify it’s ranking. Speedy and I will be revisiting Midwood Smokehouse soon for a proper re-review, and it will be interesting to see just how it stacks up on its second official review. The next best hope to challenge the top spot is Kyle Fletcher’s in Gastonia, which we have yet to review despite it winning the Charlotte Observer Barbecue Bracket in spring 2013.

What other Charlotte area joints should we check out? Feel free to weigh in on your favorite in the comments and if you present a strong enough case we will try to head there next.

-Monk

  1. Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen (food truck) new
  2. Midwood Smokehouse
  3. Queen City Q
  4. Sauceman’s
  5. Bill Spoon’s Barbecue
  6. Old Hickory House
  7. Elwood’s Barbecue & Burger Bar new
  8. Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Concord) new
  9. Smoke & Go Bar-B-Que (food truck)
  10. Mac’s Speed Shop
  11. R&R Bar-B-Que new
  12. Lancaster’s BBQ new
  13. Rock Store Bar-B-Q
  14. Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que
  15. McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon
  16. Rock Store Bar-B-Q (Mint Hill)
  17. Bobbee-O’s BBQ
  18. Farmer’s BBQ
  19. Bubba’s Barbecue 
  20. JJR’s BBQ Shack
  21. City Smoke
  22. OooWee BBQ (food truck)

Still to review: Kyle Fletcher’s, Bar-B-Q King, Dan the Pig Man (food truck), Q2U, Fort Mill BBQ Co, R.O.’s Bar-B-Que

Previous Big Boards: December 2013July 2013

Charlotte Barbecue Joint Big Board – December 2013

Since July, we’ve added 6 new joints to the Charlotte Big Board, with no real shake up at the top. In fact, the highest reviewed place since July went only as high as fifth – Old Hickory House. I can’t see much left out there in Charlotte to shake things up too much, but I am really curious about two places – The Que Stand out of a gas station in Harrisburg as well as Kyle Fletcher’s, the winner of the Observer bracket challenge last spring.

  1. Midwood Smokehouse
  2. Queen City Q
  3. Sauceman’s
  4. Bill Spoon’s Barbecue
  5. Old Hickory House
  6. Smoke & Go Bar-B-Que (food truck)
  7. Mac’s Speed Shop
  8. Rock Store Bar-B-Q
  9. Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que
  10. McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon
  11. Rock Store Bar-B-Q (Mint Hill)
  12. Bobbee-O’s BBQ
  13. Farmer’s BBQ
  14. Bubba’s Barbecue
  15. JJR’s BBQ Shack
  16. City Smoke
  17. OooWee BBQ (food truck)

Still to review: The Que Stand, Kyle Fletcher’s, Bar-B-Q King, Elwood’s BBQ Burger Bar, Lancaster’s BBQ, Dan the Pig Man (food truck)

Previously: July 2013 Leaderboard

What other Charlotte area joints should we check out? Feel free to weigh in on your favorite in the comments and if you present a strong enough case we will head there next.