Travelling on an empty stomach is never a good idea. It was almost lunch time, and I figured a pork sandwich would be the perfect road fuel to propel me to Atlanta to meet friends. Becky was still full of fried fruit pies (more on that in an upcoming post), and declined to partake in the pork goodness. Alone, I went in search of the third BBQ joint on my list, Joe’s Barbeque.
Joe’s was allegedly located in downtown Blue Ridge. The exact location eluded me thanks to an uncooperative cell phone, and I was forced to weave in and out of side streets searching for the restaurant. Each time I pulled into a parking lot, or made a random turn, the kids said I was lost, and Becky asked if I had any idea where I was headed. I did not, and was baffled by how such a small town could hide a BBQ place. On the verge of giving up, we at last stumbled onto Joe’s. Hooray!
Joe’s sits at 3365 E. First Street in a log cabin style building with a screened in porch. I illegally parked the car and ran inside to grab a pork sandwich. The interior was welcoming with exposed pine walls, wood floors, a fire place, and tables arranged in a manner that made the most of the space. A small counter was located at the back. I was greeted by a smiling waitress and handed a menu. Joe’s keeps the menu simple and offers pulled pork, ribs, and BBQ chicken. The pulled pork sandwich was priced at $6.75 without a side. I ordered one and made my way to a small table.
While waiting for the sandwich I sampled Joe’s five sauces which were set out on each table in plastic squeeze bottles. They covered the BBQ sauce spectrum and provided something for those who prefer their sauces sweet, mild or spicy. As I sampled the sauces Joe came over and introduced himself. He was very friendly and it we chatted about what I had ordered and his BBQ joint.
Within minutes of placing my order my sandwich was ready. It was packed in a foam container and served on a large hamburger bun. I opened it up and noted a reasonable serving of meat flecked with bark between. Sadly, there were several large pieces of fat mixed in with the meat. I picked through the sandwich and removed it before taking a bite. The meat was tender, moist with a light smoked flavor. It was a good pork sandwich, and I happily ate it as the skies opened up and we made our way out of the mountain city.
Joe’s is open Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The restaurant is also open on Sunday during holiday weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Joe’s can be found online at joesbbqblueridge.com and contacted by telephone at (706) 946-2727.
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