There are lots of nice treats to be found in our hobby, but here is one of my favorites: visiting a barbecue shack miles from anywhere that I’ve never heard about previously, and learning that it has been around for almost fifty years. This is the great thing about barbecue in the rural southeast: in the larger city, everybody’s in competition for the same dollars, and large fees are paid to PR companies to get stories placed anywhere for people to read. Five miles east of Rome, however, there’s nothing but the building and the regulars and the food. I love this part of our hobby.
We had made a couple of stops already, and the girlchild had decided that the stew, seafood, and milkshake that she had enjoyed was enough food for the day, and the three year-old was too wild to sit still and eat. Both kids would zonk out within minutes of climbing back in the car. So I just ordered a chopped pork plate with stew and fries, which I shared with them. The pork is quite dry and very, very smoky.
They smoke Boston butts over hickory and have three sauces available. These are a sweet rib sauce – far too sweet for my preference – and mild and hot varieties of a thick and dark brown tomato-based sauce. The meat had a very similar flavor to Dean’s Barbecue in Jonesboro GA, although theirs is served with a thinner vinegar-tomato sauce.
I really enjoyed this stop. It’s a great example of a good community restaurant, with neighbors getting together for happy and upbeat conversation over good food since 1967. Our server told us that Friday nights are the busiest, and I can imagine that traffic between Rome and Kingston on GA-293 gets a little busy with people coming over for steaks and barbecue. This is a good place, certainly worth a visit if you’re in the area.
You can see all the barbecue restaurants that we have visited for our blog (more than 290!) on this map, with links back to the original blog posts. It’s terrific for anybody planning a barbecue road trip through the southeast!