Some people like to drive up to a barbecue restaurant. Others prefer flying in to fill their belly. No matter how you get there, the Pik-n-Pig in Carthage, NC is worth the visit to the country. Located at the Gilliam-McConnell Airfield, the Pik-n-Pig offers a unique venue for munching on your favorite barbecue. They have both indoor and outdoor seating, great for those looking to wave to the pilots as the taxi down the runway.
If you decide to drive, like most normal folks, the driveway to the restaurant is easy to miss. Once you get up the hill to the parking lot you are greeted by the airfield, an old WWII plane, the smell of smoked barbecue, and a rustic barn-like building. This homey building is where the magic happens. Be prepared to wait though. The Pik-n-Pig is a family owned local favorite and while they move things along rather quickly, the line is usually out the door when you arrive. Be patient! The food is worth the 20 minute or so wait.
Once you’re seated, it’s all about picking the right combo, and there is plenty to choose from on the menu I assure you! They have starters, sandwiches, plates, dishes for kids, and of course, dessert. Personally, I’m a combo plate girl. I like choosing my two meats, usually pulled pork and either brisket or chicken, with two sides (I prefer the potato salad and green beans), and hushpuppies.
Now if you can squeeze in more food after shoving that plate of Southern barbecue down your gullet, I suggest you go for dessert. I know it will be a stretch, literally, for your stomach, but boy oh boy can they do dessert too! My recommendation? Why a Southern classic of course! ‘Nanner Pudding is creamy with a healthy amount of bananas, Nilla wafers, and a dollop of whipped cream, need I say more?