We discovered a hidden gem in Carthage, NC. Ok, maybe it’s not hidden and we didn’t technically discover it. How about I just get to the food?
PikNPig is a bbq place specializing in pork. Pulled pork and ribs and some chicken. I’m all about the pulled pork so I was very happy.
This place is situated next to a small airstrip. You can sit outside and watch planes landing and taking off while you are shoveling down the food.
Pics of the smokehouse
I freely admit I don’t know a lot about BBQ, except that I like it. A lot. I live near Chicago, which is not known as a BBQ hotspot, so I eat as much as I can when I’m traveling and it’s available.
This was the best pulled pork I’ve ever had. The meat was tender, flavorful (really, does anything taste better than pork? I didn’t think so) and it just fell apart on the plate. It tasted great even without sauce, but of course I used some. They had a honey bbq and a spicy bbq sauce. I don’t like really spicy food, but I found the honey and the spicy together were a winning combination.
Oh that big jug in the middle is famous southern sweet tea. It was delicious and not overly sweet, just enough.
Take home sauces. Honey Butt Sauce and Spicy Butt Sauce. Really, I’m not making this up.
Ok ok, on to the food. I ordered the pulled pork combo for $6.95 and it came with cole slaw, hush puppies with jalapeno butter, and a sweet potato. Um delicious! So delicious I took two photos!
Let me take a moment to tell you that the hush puppies were not at all like the grease balls you get at Long John Silvers (if you dare.) These were little nuggets of dough, fried and chewy. Tasty.
Look, it’s almost all gone. This was the kind of meal that after you’re done, you don’t want to eat or drink anything for a long time because the flavors linger on your tongue.
JenTastic ordered this delicious concoction of yellow cake, pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream and coconut. They call it “Better Than Sex Cake’. You’ll have to ask her if it lived up to it’s name.
I tried the Coco-Cola cake, also called Co Cola cake. It looks dry, but it was really moist. I think they use a special kind of cocoa powder. The frosting was really tasty, too!
Can you tell I liked it?
Our meal was very reasonably priced and the food was incredibly good. The restaurant itself is small and a little cramped. It was a former post office filled with a lot of the original furniture. All sorts of cool stuff. The waitresses were friendly and it really looked like a neighborhood place. They told us they get a lot of people flying in for take out and heading back out to their planes. Must be nice.
I’d recommend PikNPig for anyone near Fort Bragg, NC. It’s worth the drive.