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I-95 Barbecue Report: Wilber's and Sweatman's


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I-95 Barbecue Report: Wilber's and Sweatman's

Bob W. | Aug 30, 2002 10:18 PM

Oh, there is nothing like some good 'cue to break up the long drive down I-95 to Florida.

First stop was a late lunch at Wilber's in Goldsboro NC. From I-95 take the US 70 Goldsboro exit, then go east about 21 miles, taking the bypass around Goldsboro.

Ordered the "Big Q" sandwich and a 1/4 chicken (with peas (instead of fries) and slaw, with sweet tea of course.

Out came a basket of hushpuppies. Excellent pups! Ate the whole basket.

Then came the main courses. The Big Q sandwich was gigantic, full of tender chopped pork with nary a speck of gristle. The regular sandwich is $2.50, so splurge and get the Big Q for $3.25.

The fried chicken, on the other hand, was a bit skimpy. The skin was nice and crispy, and the meat juicy, but sizewize it didn't measure up to Parker's, which is always crisp and juicy. So, not a great value at $5.25, and you can't order just chicken, like at Parker's -- it only with the two sides -- where a breast/wing is just two bucks or so.

The tea was very good.

I noticed McCall's Barbecue is right near Wilber's on US 70. Anyone tried it? I'm pretty sure they have a buffet.

Back on the road, heading south. Sweatman's is on SC 453, between Eutawville to the north and Holly Hill to the south. It's very easy to find. From the north take the Eutawville exit, and from the south take the Holly Hill exit.

Sweatman's is superb.

For $6.70 you get a plate that you can pile as high as you want with a variety of SC 'cue delights. Hash over rice, white meat that serves as the perfect foil for the unusual mustard-based sauce, dark meat that needs no sauce at all, meaty ribs that fall apart, and of course pig skin! Sweet tea is included.

This stuff was all fabulous. It's a symphony of flavors that produces a siren's song for the cardiovascular system.

I think you can go up and get more food, but my plate was so perfect I didn't want to spoil things by overeating.

Oh, be sure to get a cup of banana pudding for an extra $0.60. It looks like a tiny cup but it packs a caloric and flavor wallop!

The tea was ok, nothing special.

Now, this might be a question for locals, since travelers are not likely to take the chance of bypassing Sweatman's, but I saw a sign for "Dupree's Barbecue" in the Eutawville area. Has anyone tried or even heard of Dupree's? Someone needs to do the research!

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