How do you ‘cue? Barbecue. BBQ. Barbeque. Bar-B-Cue. Bar-B-Que. Bar-B-Q. No matter how you spell it, when it’s done right it’s delicious. The February 2016 edition of Our State Magazine features barbecue from across North Carolina. If there is one thing we do in the south, besides sweet tea of course, it’s BBQ! Unfortunately Our State Magazine left out some great barbecue joints in their article. I realize it’s impossible to list them all so I’m highlighting some of my local favorites.
Most of the barbecue places I frequent are off the beaten path, much like those featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Noble Meats & Eatery is a small butcher shop and eatery located about 10 minutes outside the Pope Army Air Field gate in Spring Lake. A well-known spot for personnel working on the installation, this restaurant really packs in the patrons! It is no surprise though. You don’t go to Noble’s for the atmosphere, the view, or the location – it isn’t fancy. And you aren’t going there to check out the furniture or the dinnerware.
People crowd this tiny shop for the food, plain and simple. This is down home country North Carolina barbecue with a twist. Instead of the typical Eastern North Carolina vinegar-based sauce commonly found on barbecue in this part of the state, Noble’s has created a sweet and spicy tomato-based sauce. Quite frankly, it kicks booty! Back home in PA barbecue sauce is a sweet tomato sauce, so maybe this reminds me of home and that’s why I love it so. Who knows? All I can say is this place is fantastic!
I must admit that I’ve only eaten the baby back ribs. Others have ventured out and tried their chicken or brisket, which also looks tender and juicy, but I’m a ribs girl all the way! Be sure not to wear light clothing and be prepared to wear some sauce! Besides, what is better than a sauce ring around your mouth?
In addition to their hearty ribs smothered in a robust sauce, their sides are lip-smacking good. Menu choices are many: Texas caviar, green beans, new potatoes, and corn are the ones that speak to me, although there are others that are also satisfying.
Not interested in lunch? Or looking to fill your freezer after you’ve sated your need for ribs? No worries, Noble’s is a butcher shop after all! Fill your freezer with fresh meat with one of their starter kits, or buy a few ribeye steaks for dinner this week. The choice is yours!
Where do you find them? Just look for the old, rusty Overhills water tower!