We recently drove down to Birmingham for the wedding of my niece, Anne Rain Tanner, and Hunter Brown. They are both lovely people and I was excited about the wedding, even though it would conflict with the Alabama-Texas A&M game: I had discovered a work-around only the week before: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2016/10/sec_shorts_-_bama_fan_with_no.html. Anne Rain and Hunter are living in Texas now, and there was a fair chance there would be at least one A&M fan there.
We got an early start and stopped in Wytheville, Virginia, for lunch. Nancy, who probably wanted a salad but maintains her position as perennial winner of the Real Trooper Award, suggested Smokey’s BBQ.
Smokey’s is a good looking place: no frills.
And they have a frequent customer program: punch a pig with each visit.
I like that. They also have a choice of sauces, as you can see. I did not try the sweet sauce. The hot pepper vinegar sauce was good.
I ordered chopped pork with green beans and macaroni and cheese.
It was close to 1:00 when we got there, and people eat early in the country, so the pork had been sitting around for a bit. It wasn’t bad — not much smoke taste, especially considering they claim to use hickory — and the vinegar and pepper sauce livened it up. I had it with green beans, which were good, and the macaroni and cheese. As you can see, it’s not a classic church supper macaroni and cheese, but it was pretty good. It came with a choice of a bun or hushpuppies. Always thinking of my readers, I chose hushpuppies, which vary in quality much more than buns. Good choice.
Nancy had the chicken — a breast and wing — and red slaw and potato salad. The breast was on the dry side, but once again the vinegar and pepper sauce helped. Nancy doesn’t eat dark meat, so I got the wing. It was very good. It had a distinct hickory taste and that lightly leathery textured skin. The meat was moist and flavorful.
I was facing a Major Food Weekend, so I passed on dessert — even on the German chocolate cake, which really looked good, and only cost $1.99 per slice.
I suppose I might stop in Wytheville again, and I don’t know where else I might eat while there. I would go for the German chocolate cake in a heartbeat (perhaps his last heartbeat, some of you will be thinking), and I’d have the pork again if I got there earlier in the day.