On our first trip up to the mountains of North Carolina Becky and I discovered the Dillsboro Smokehouse. It sat a few blocks to the east of U.S. 441 and we had a wonderful mean of chopped pork with all of the fixings. Since then, whenever we travel to the area we make a point of stopping in for lunch or dinner. This time we were accompanied by our two kids and Charlotte. As we drove through North Georgia I brushed off calls to stop for lunch from Becky. My mind was focused on a large plate of chopped pork and a cold beer.
As we made our way down the side of the mountain into the valley where Dillsboro sits I could almost taste the bbq. It was a little after noon and I figured the parking lot would be packed. It was not. I also did not detect any smoke in the air and I found both of these things rather odd.
Upon entering we were seated at a large table from the 1960s with accompanying vinyl seats. The tables, chair and various college pennants covering the walls give it an eclectic-retro feel. A few moments later our server appeared, took our drink order and gave us a moment to look over the menu. I decided to get the chopped pork lunch with a side of potato logs and beans.
In mere minutes our meals appeared at the table. My food arrived on a pedestrian white plastic plate. The meat was on one side and the potato logs occupied the other. The beans were in a small side dish. The potato logs looked to be of the frozen variety that had been dipped into a deep fryer and left to warm under a lamp. I was unimpressed. The beans were not like the baked beans I am used to and instead consisted of large pieces of green peppers, onion and kidney beans in a thin sauce. Mason adored them while I thought they were alright.
Despite the sides not being up to par, as I have said before bbq is all about the meat! Before adding any sauce I took a bite of the meat. There was a distinct lack of smokiness in the meat. I also did not find any bark. The meat was also a bit on the cool side and felt like it had been reheated. I was very disappointed and ended up having to slather it in a variety of their sauces.
I am not sure if the Dillsboro Smokehouse had a bad day or if things have just gone down hill since we first visited back in 2006 or so. Our meal was okay, but I think the next time we are in the mountains we will have to seek out another bbq joint.
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