Monday, July 7, 2008

Eastern North Carolina Barbecue at Allen & Son in Chapel Hill

Allen & Son Barbeque in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

North Carolina barbecue has two major styles - Eastern and Western. Eastern is whole-hog meat, with a mostly vinegar sauce. Western is pork shoulder, with a tomato-vinegar sauce. We wanted to try both.

Our first stop was Eastern style at Allen & Son Barbeque in Chapel Hill. We ordered a BBQ and stew plate. No chopped vs sliced options were listed. My research indicated that asking for "outside brown" was the way to go, but when I asked for it I was rebuffed with "it's all mixed together". Not sure if this is a consequence of whole-hog barbecue (this post by Bisquit on RowdyFood would suggest not), or if it is just time-saving on their part.

Anyway, here is the plate:

Chopped Barbecue Plate at Allen & Son

Although my first impression was lukewarm (the texture was soft and soggy), it began to grow on me after a few bites. The smoke flavor started hitting me - especially when I got the odd crispy edge bit.

The "stew" part of the combo is Brunswick Stew, which I didn't expect to like but was actually pretty decent.

Brunswick Stew at Allen & Son

Their hushpuppies were not that great, but then I don't think I've ever had hushpuppies that I would call great...

Hushpuppies at Allen & Son

We also ordered a pork sandwich which was very good. The vinegar mixed in with the meat really accentuated the smoked pork flavor and helped it not get overpowered by the bun - something that I often find a problem with barbecue sandwiches.

Pork Sandwich at Allen & Son

Next stop - Western North Carolina Barbecue at Barbecue Center in Lexington.

Allen & Son Barbeque
6203 Millhouse Rd.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
(919) 942-7576‎

1 comment:

  1. It has been years since I went to Allen and Son BBQ because we just don't go far to eat. But all the times I have been there, the bbq was great. The vinegar does NOT over power the hickory smoke taste.
    I come from a BBQ Restaurant family and I liked this better than my family's. Also the homemade desserts are wonderful...blueberry cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream..can't get much better than that.