One of the best bbq places in the world, in my opinion, is the Pik N Pig restaurant/driving range/airport. It is a non-negotiable fact that I have to go there immediately every time I come home. It is a staple in the general area of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Carthage, West End (we range wide) because it is located in such an unusual out of the way spot in the woods of Carthage and provides bone sucking bbq the Southeastern way. I know that each region of the South and parts of the Midwest and North have their way of doing bbq and bbq sauce, but honestly we do it best. Here in North Carolina we smoke it nice and long until it absorbs the taste of cinders and we then drizzle/drench it with tangy vinegar based sauce. I prefer it pulled, in a bun, with coleslaw and hush puppies on the side, but there are many ways you can do it. At the Pik N Pig I almost always get exactly what I want along with fried pickles, sweet tea, and jalapeño butter. My parents will often switch it up and go for the bbq chicken or pork plate, or brisket, but what do they know. When you find something good, stick with it! They do get sides with theirs though, which could be something like brunswick stew (a tomato based vegetable stew of ambiguous origin with corn, lima/butter beans, okra, and at least one type of meat, traditionally rabbit, chicken, and/or pork), stewed green beans, corn muffin, coleslaw, fries, hushpuppies, lima beans, etc. Not too bad.
The bbq is always savory and satisfying, especially slathered in house made sauce served up in diner ketchup bottles placed on the table in a bath caddy. A nice touch I think. And if you ask for the wine list you’ll get the run down of options, “red or white?” The casual, hospitable, and rather direct atmosphere is exactly what you would expect from a southern bbq joint out in the woods, but a landing plane, and a couple of folks driving golf balls is certainly not. It will forever be my first, but certainly not only stop for North Carolina BBQ.
If you have your own plane and plan on being in the area you can fly into the restaurant! just go to their web page by clicking on the front door photo to get the coordinates!
The Pik N Pig
194 Gilliam McConnell Road
Carthage, NC 28327
Monday – closed
Tuesday to Saturday – 11am to 8pm get there early!
Sunday 12pm – 3pm