The more I think about barbecue, the more I start thinking that it’s one of our most important road food traditions.  The reason that it remains vital, besides the fact it’s good, is that it cannot be tamed.  It can’t be gotten out of a can; it can’t be frozen ahead.  BBQ doesn’t negotiate, and it suffers fools badly.  Barbecue requires time, smoke, and above all, skill.  Which is why attempts to corporatize it ultimately fail.

— Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt, Episode 2 - I Smell Pork

Smoke Daddy's Review of Carters Station

Joint: 

UPDATE: <<Charles Carter passed away in 2011, and Carter's Station has closed it's doors>>

Roadhouse that happens to serve some food (including a bit of bbq).  I can recommend the "Texas Toothpicks" sausage sandwich... and help yourself to some pinto beans from the crock pot.

MAIN FARE:Carter Station Sausage

  • Only BBQ options are chopped sandwich or sausage sandwich, so we order both
  • Chopped Brisket - Is tough.  Microwave reheat didn't help.
  • Sausage - Salty, with a nice spice on this finish.  Yummy.  This stuff was even good after being microwaved!

OTHER FARE:

  • Beans - Soft pintos with a little spice on finish.  Served in a crock pot... help yourself.
  • Texas Toothpicks - Fried strips of jalapeno and onions.  Probably a frozen product, but hot & crips and very good.
  • Sauce - From a bottle?

ATMOSPHERE:Carter Station Pit

  • "Joint" drive-up appeal
  • Parking lot is covered with bottle caps
  • Roadhouse - Reminds me of a cross between Country Tavern and Big Smith's.
  • Bar first; food a distant second
  • BBQ meats are micro-warmed 
  • Would like to visit on Fri or Sat night!
Main Fare: 
5
Other Fare: 
7
Atmosphere: 
7

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