Every time that my brother comes home from college, we always go out to eat at one of our favorite Charlotte restaurants. Guess who was home this past weekend?
Mac’s Speed Shop is one of our favorite places to go. Their slogan is Beer, Bikes, BBQ. Enough said. With plenty of outdoor seating and a wide range of beers on tap and in a can it is my go to restaurant for whenever I have out of town visitors.
BBQ is something that my brother and I both enjoy immensely. When I say BBQ, I mean pulled pork. Sure there are other meats you can BBQ, but we both grew up in NC;Pork is king. All pork BBQ isn’t created equally. How you sauce it will vary from place to place. I prefer a tangy vinegar style that you will find in Eastern, NC. My brother, Harrison, on the other hand usually prefers a tomato based sauce like you will find in the western part of NC. Harrison goes to the University of South Carolina where their BBQ is topped with a golden mustard based sauce. If you are from SC, you may be used to a mustard based BBQ sauce. Harrison will disagree with you. He thinks that mustard should be saved for hot dogs and has no place on pulled pork. O the debates one can have about BBQ.
Mac’s has several locations throughout Charlotte. My favorite one is the on South Blvd. With Charlotte being only a few miles from South Carolina, and drawing residents from all over the state, the BBQ tastes vary greatly. To solve this problem, they offer sauces to suit any taste. They even have a 4th sauce that is a combination of the other three.
You can order your pulled pork by the platter, Harrison went with a platter loaded with pulled pork mac and cheese and green bean casserole…
I went for the “Big Pig” sandwich and collard greens. To top I used a little bit of Eastern and a Little bit of Western sauce. There are several places to get BBQ around Charlotte, but what keeps me coming back to Mac’s are the hush puppies.
Fried balls of dough that are slightly sweet. The perfect vehicle to scoop up additional BBQ sauce or…
Dip in butter.
If you are in Charlotte and looking for BBQ and a wide selection of beers, Mac’s is your place.