Though the years, here's what I've learned: Barbecue soothes the soul. It's simple in philosophy and rich in tradition. It's an art and a craft, a love and a passion.
Smoke Daddy's Review of (The Original) Parkers Barbecue
Very good eastern NC history and tradition here. My favorites were the brunswick stew and unique cole slaw. Pork is good. I hear the fried chicken is excellent, and might have to try that next time.
- Pork - Shredded fine (buffalo chopper), and feels a bit mushy after others we've tried today. Good clean pork flavors here, with less smoke than others we've seen in eastern NC.
- Brunswick Stew - Very Good. Tasty & thick... similar in composition to Stephenson's. I really like this stuff!
- Slaw - Yellow. Mustard + vinegar with something extra... maybe dill or caraway seed? Different but very good. Has a bit of spice on the finish. One-of-a-kind.
- Hush Puppies - Baked, then fried? That might explain some of the chewiness. Good, sweet cornbread on the inside.
- Corn sticks - Maybe an acquired taste? Too chewy to be enjoyable.
- Long, low, white building... been here since 1946
- Many cars in the lot, but this place is nowhere near capacity... thiey can obviously pack 'em in!
- Many servers in white hats waiting to help us, and the food comes out lickety-split
- Smokehouse looks to be in a separate building, and the joint starts to get busy with the dinner rush... so no pit tour this time (Plus Salamander is on the phone trying to navigate/guide Rebecca to the restaurant).