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OT - Best BBQ in Charlotte, NC

My wife & I are traveling to Charlotte this weekend for a wedding, she is tied up with wedding events, and I am looking to sample some Charlotte Que.  We live in KC so I am familiar with good BBQ.  Looking for some good spots only the locals know about!!  Thanks in Advance!!

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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,427
    Well, for Q, there's not a lot in the Queen City.   Maybe Saucemans.  

    Skip the Q and go to Cajun Queen.  If you want some great tacos, go to Cabo Taco.  They were featured on Triple D.  
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,013
    Well, for Q, there's not a lot in the Queen City.   Maybe Saucemans.  

    Skip the Q and go to Cajun Queen.  If you want some great tacos, go to Cabo Taco.  They were featured on Triple D.  
    Now there's a relevant recommendation.  Welcome and enjoy the Cajun food.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 12,945
    Well, for Q, there's not a lot in the Queen City.   Maybe Saucemans.  

    Skip the Q and go to Cajun Queen.  If you want some great tacos, go to Cabo Taco.  They were featured on Triple D.  
    Agree. Charlotte is not a BBQ town. I second Saucemans but there are a lot better options for grub. 
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 12,945
    Macs Speed Shop is garbage btw. 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,013
    Macs Speed Shop is garbage btw. 
    And not garbage Mr. Helpful?
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,427
    Mac's isn't great.  Their smoked chicken nachos was the best thing I ate there.  

    The Smoke Pit in Concord and Salisbury is pretty good too. 
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  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,013
    Welcome aboard brother.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
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  • I kid- this is the best bbq in most places here too. We have 10 good ones and 500 bad ones
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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 12,945
    edited August 2017
    I can't help it that Macs isn't good. 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,874
    The one place I always send people to in Charlotte is the Cajun Queen. Great food, great atmosphere.....and a all round fun place to go. If you go.....make reservations and ask for a table in the room with the band. Que in Charlotte.....I would not myself.

    http://www.cajunqueen.net/
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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  • JohnnyTarheelJohnnyTarheel Posts: 5,293
    Cajun Queen a must....
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,354
    I can't help it that Macs isn't good. 
    I've been a few times and don't think it's anywhere near as bad as you do.  But... tastes are subjective.

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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,427
    edited August 2017
    I can't help it that Macs isn't good. 
    I've been a few times and don't think it's anywhere near as bad as you do.  But... tastes are subjective.

    Their brisket was meh.  The sides were good, pork was good, and the sausage was good.  Their smoked chicken nachos were my fav though.  It wasn't terrible for me.

    Choice between Cabo Taco and Mac's?  Cabo Taco every time.   
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 12,354
    I can't help it that Macs isn't good. 
    I've been a few times and don't think it's anywhere near as bad as you do.  But... tastes are subjective.

    Their brisket was meh.  The sides were good, pork was good, and the sausage was good.  Their smoked chicken nachos were my fav though.  It wasn't terrible for me.

    Choice between Cabo Taco and Mac's?  Cabo Taco every time.   
    Well that's a different story completely.  No argument there.   

    I tried Mac's brisket.  It's very different, but smothered in sauce which is generally not a good sign.  I think they slice it and then sauce it and throw it back on the grill or something.  


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  • bucky925bucky925 Posts: 1,093
    Now when you leave, if the direction is North, stop by Lexington BBQ (honey monk's).  
    Live fast. die young, and leave a well marbled corps. 
  • cbmontgocbmontgo Posts: 23
    521 BBBQ, just south of Charlotte
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,308
    I lived in Charlotte briefly back in the 70s. No good Q to be had then either. There was a place way out N Tryon (I think) that was the best I found. No idea what the name was. Wasn't that great anyhow.

    Inlaws lived there so many visits over the years until they passed. Still no good Q. It always surprised me that a city that size had nuthin! Apparently, it still doesn't. Oh, and don't go to Sonny's. I did. Once.

    Too bad the Epicurean is gone. Not Q, but a nice upscale restaurant. And worth it just for the biscuits! I'd make biscuits every day if I had THAT recipe!!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,874
    Wife worked at the Epicurean many years ago. Sonny's....you got that right.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,308
    Wife worked at the Epicurean many years ago. Sonny's....you got that right.
    @northGAcock, Hmm, I don't suppose your wife has the recipe for those biscuits does she??

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

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    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • NC_EggheadNC_Egghead Posts: 636
    I live in CLT and agree with all of the above; no good Que to be had here. There are a lot of BBQ joints but they all try too hard. If you want really good Carolina Que, you must go east, about 4 hours. If you do go to Cabo in NODA (North Davidson Street), a must stop is Amalie's bakery. The one up there in N Charlotte is open 24-7. You won't be disappointed, just be sure to leave some room when ordering dinner. It also wouldn't be a bad drive from Cajun Queen on 7th St. I hope you enjoy your time in our fair city. 
    Charlotte, NC

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  • TeefusTeefus Posts: 682
    I've heard the Dixie Pig in Rock Hill is good. I was down there last week and we were going to give it a try but life got in the way. My coworkers down there tell me the Pig does ribs right.
    Michiana, South of the border.
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,874
    Wife worked at the Epicurean many years ago. Sonny's....you got that right.
    @northGAcock, Hmm, I don't suppose your wife has the recipe for those biscuits does she??
    Not a chance but she does do the baking here at our house. She was part of the wait staff. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,308
    Wife worked at the Epicurean many years ago. Sonny's....you got that right.
    @northGAcock, Hmm, I don't suppose your wife has the recipe for those biscuits does she??
    Not a chance but she does do the baking here at our house. She was part of the wait staff. 
    @northGAcock, oh well. Knew it was a long shot. Istr that the biscuits were made by the owner's wife. Here's an article that might interest your wife...

    https://www.charlotteagenda.com/22186/the-long-story-behind-that-empty-lot-on-east-boulevard/

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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