I barreled down U.S. 84 trying to put as much distance between me and the terrible BBQ I had the misfortune to consume in Waycross. When I arrived in Valdosta I decided to try another purveyor of the BBQ arts, and pulled into the parking lot of the Sam’s Bar-B-Q.
Sam’s Bar-B-Q is located at 414 E. Hill Street in a sketchy area. Across the street disheveled people congregated in a weed choked park. The South Georgia air was oppressive and the late afternoon sun drove temperatures into the upper 90s.
The inside of Sam’s Bar-B-Q was dimly lit. A large fan droned on in a corner reshuffling the humid air. A large man stood behind the counter. An unkempt man wearing a ski parka, hat and gloves said something unintelligible, laid a few crumpled dollar bills onto the counter, and shuffled out the door. He was replaced by a squat woman who spilled out of neon green hot pants wearing house slippers.
I ordered a pork sandwich with the sauce on the side. The man shrugged, shook his head, and told me all of their pork was pre-sauced. A large foam container was opened and a bun placed inside. On top of it he spooned a heap of thick, deep mahogany colored pork. I slid a $10 bill towards him and waited for my change. The woman sluggishly moved towards me.
“Hey baby, you want some company with that pork sandwich?” she asked, beads of sweat glistening on her forehead.
I had just been propositioned by a hooker in a BBQ joint. I politely declined her offer of companionship, collected my change, and walked briskly towards the car. I placed the key in the ignition, set the foam box on the passenger seat and was startled by a knock at the window.
“C’mon baby. Just…”
I threw the car into reverse and left Sam’s Bar-B-Q as quickly as possible. When I was safely out of downtown I pulled over and popped open the box. Pulled pork oozed out from between the bun and filled the tray. The BBQ sauce was tomato based, thick, sweet, and tasted like it was from a bottle. Underneath the sauce was moist pork with a nice smoked flavor, and showed someone with skill prepared the meat. Sadly, the flavor of the sauce was overbearing and ruined the sandwich.
Sam’s Bar-B-Q can be found on Facebook, and can be contacted at (229) 247-0769 for more information, including hours of operation.
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