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

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.

bbq center exterior

I ordered a chopped pork plate.  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 quite good, with a nice smoky flavor.  It had some dip mixed in.  I don’t think their dip really adds much.  It doesn’t quite have the authority, the bite of Lexington #1’s.  Same with the slaw: it was good but not great.  The fries were okay.  I had some with the dip.  The hushpuppies also were good, with a real cornmeal texture. They were crisp and not 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 good quality pudding.  Perhaps a few too many vanilla wafers, but good.  Everything 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.

Give the Barbecue Center a try.


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