North Carolina Piedmont Tour de Barbecue: The Barbecue Center, Lexington

This was stop #3 on Day 1 of my Piedmont Tour de Barbecue.  I’d already eaten lunch at Stamey’s and Lexington #1.  After a short break, I headed to the Barbecue Center.

bbq center exterior

The Barbecue Center is on the Garden and Gun Barbecue Bucket List, and it’s a good looking place.  They offer curb service, but no one in their right mind wants to eat in their car when it’s 95 degrees out and an air conditioned restaurant is mere steps away.  Maybe in the Spring or Fall.

I ordered my third chopped pork plate of the day.  It came, as you can see, with red slaw, fries, hushpuppies, and dip.  The bag of potato chips was an appetizer.

bbq center plate

The pork was very good, with a nice smoky flavor.  It had some dip mixed in.  It was good, but just a bit short on the vinegar-pepper.  Same with the slaw: it was good but not great.  Or maybe three pork plates dulled my enthusiasm.  The fries were crisp.  I had some with the dip, and that was quite nice.  The hushpuppies were very good, with a real cornmeal texture. They were crisp and not at all greasy.  I ate them all, bringing my hushpuppies total for the day to at least 24.  Looking back, that’s pretty appalling.

But I was not looking back at the time.  I also had some banana pudding.   The server asked if I’d like some banana pudding, and it would have been impolite to decline.  Everyone raised in the South knows that.

bbq center pudding

It was good, with lots of banana slices and a top quality pudding.  Perhaps one or two too many vanilla wafers, but good.  Everything at the Barbecue Center was good.

I waddled out, thinking I was pretty stuffed and could probably use a carbonated beverage.  Maybe two, as another big day beckoned…or loomed.

You really should give the Barbecue Center a try.


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