On the day that we came in pitmaster Rhonda was manning (or "wo-manning") the smoker and taking orders. Her outgoing and warm personality led us right into a conversation about where we were from, why we were there, how is the turkey cooked?, what's your specialties?, ect. She proudly opened up the smoker so I could take pictures. I even ended up on the phone with the current owner Mike who was equally as nice to talk to and (thankfully) talked me into getting the turkey ribs. Talk about going well above and beyond to give your customers great service. To reinforce this they have a poster on the wall that says "smiles and conversation for free", right above a photo of founder Joe Rountree with comedian Mike Epps, who got Hickory Tree BBQ to cater for him backstage before the Greensboro comedy concert.
It took us 15 minutes to get home before we could eat. The smell coming out of that to go bag was intoxicating and I could not wait to tear it open.
Next we tried the smoked turkey wings. A beautiful almost pink hue compliments of the hickory smoke, tender meat that still had some bite to it and a deliciously salty flavor. Maybe they brine them first?
The turkey BBQ sandwich is also really good! I could totally see myself annihilating a couple of those on a night when I have knocked back a few. It's finely chopped smoked turkey, slaw and vinegar BBQ sauce on a squishy bun. So simple and satisfying.
And just for good measure (and to eat our vegetables) we got some turkey collards. Collard greens slowly stewed with pieces of turkey. We added a little bit of the vinegar bbq sauce to give it an extra kick.
Rumor has it they will be at this year's The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County with their food truck. So if you are going to be in that area during labor day weekend check them out! And if you are ever in Greensboro definitely check out their take-out restaurant. Tell Rhonda and Mike Sarah and Spencer sent you!
Hickory Tree BBQ
2804 Randleman Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27407