I love BBQ. And after tasting the “NC” sauce at Slows BBQ in Detroit, I discovered that Carolina BBQ might just be my overall favorite style (though I’m not ready to concede that just yet). So while I was in North Carolina this week, I had a pretty serious craving for BBQ. Unfortunately I was in Greensboro, and none of my clients seem to know of a good place to get BBQ in Greensboro. I’m still not convinced, but I was out of luck for this particular trip. If you know of a place, I’d love to hear about it though!
Fortunately, while making my way through Charlotte Airport (CLT) during my short connection, I happened to spot this out of the corner of my eye:
I checked the time, and had just enough of it to stop and satisfy my BBQ craving!
My overall take? I’ve certainly had better BBQ… much better BBQ. But for a quick stop at an airport, Brookwood Farms’ Carolina Pit BBQ has some pretty decent ‘cue!
I ordered the BBQ Pork sandwich, with broccoli and tomato salad as my side:
The pulled pork was good – it had a hint of smokiness, some charred pieces mixed throughout, and it wasn’t drenched in sauce… just how I like it! Sure the flavors could’ve been a bit stronger, but it was really tasty – and I especially appreciated that they added the sauce on top, rather than having the meat sitting in it. Just the right amount of spicy, vinegar-tanginess, without being gloopy or overpowering.
The salad was also quite good – the crunchy broccoli and the creamy dressing were both nice compliments to the sandwich, but in very different ways. I would’ve loved to try one of the richer sides (especially the mac and cheese), but that’ll have to wait for another time.
If you find yourself at Charlotte Airport (CLT) with a little bit of time, and a big ole BBQ craving – this is the place for you. Don’t expect it to rival what you’d find at a truly authentic BBQ joint (read: not in an airport), but do expect something that will really hit the spot, and is much better than your average airport food.
What’s your favorite place to eat at CLT? Any other places I should make a point of checking out next time I’m there?