About a half a mile down the street is BBQ Joe's. A modest building with drive through window, two large smokers out back, a pile of hard wood and a menu that goes well beyond Carolina BBQ. From what I'm told Joe can be seen walking the dining room floor on any given day in overalls chatting with his regulars. His restaurant, which does breakfast, lunch and dinner daily also offers a full catering service and a second location located in Trinity, NC.
BBQ Joe's offers an extensive menu. Breakfast dishes, burgers, dogs, sandwiches, salads, house specials and of course BBQ. What's different about Joe's is that unlike other authentic North Carolina BBQ shacks, this one, in addition to Carolina pulled or chopped pork, also serves St. Louis style pork ribs and Texas style Brisket.
Here's what we had...
- Pulled pork - When in Rome right? Joe's pulled pork was excellent. Nice moist chunks of lightly smoked, tender pork, which to me did not even need the addition of BBQ sauce.
- St. Louis pork ribs - Falling off the bone, moist and flavorful meat slathered in their signature syrupy BBQ sauce. I would personally asked for the ribs with out the sauce next time because I thought they were excellent all on their own.
- Sliced Brisket - Fatty thick slices of tender brisket had a beautiful crusty bark and rosy pink smoke ring. I was told that one of Joe's regulars, who had moved to High Point from Texas, begged him to put brisket on the menu. Joe tested his brisket over and over having his new Texan regular critique it until he said he had it just right. And now they offer brisket on the menu, chopped or sliced.
- Hushpuppies - Honestly, I am not a huge fan of hushpuppies in general but out of all the hushpuppies I have had in my life (which have been to many) these were my favorite. Joe's are shaped and taste like corn battered onion rings. Slightly sweet, nice and crunchy and not at all doughy.
- Baked beans - Beans cooked down with what tasted like their signature BBQ sauce.
- BBQ slaw - Whenever I'm in NC I get this as a side. You don't often find it anywhere else, its native to the area and doesn't contain any mayo. Instead you get a spiced, vinegary, crunchy salad of chopped cabbage to cleanse your palate between bites of succulent BBQ.
BBQ Joe's Country Cooking
2822 S. Main St.
High Point, NC 27263