Today I had the opportunity to meet up with some really great people today at Lexington BBQ #1 in Lexington, NC. I will talk about that in a different blog post.
The first thing I observed about Lexington #1 is that YOU CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE! Google Maps Navigation failed me on the address that I found on Yelp, instead trying to put me at a different restaurant. I wondered if it was some kind of conspiracy. However, the next address I found for it was correct. I arrive to an extremely full parking lot and a mad dash in an attempt to find an open spot. Clearly people love this place.
Once we all get seated, our waitress comes around to take our orders. While there were burgers and other items on the menu, we came there for one reason: pork! At Lexington BBQ #1, they serve BBQ three different ways: chopped, coarsely chopped, and sliced. I ordered the large coarsely chopped BBQ tray with hush puppies and asked for extra “brown” (which is the outer bark from the pork shoulder). Shortly after ordering, out comes the food:
The pork was presented in a tray that was about the size of a 3×5 note card, and about 3/4 – 1 inch deep. I was immediately pleased at the amount of “brown” that was in my tray, because this gave promise to lots of flavor. As I took bite after bite, I was not disappointed. The pork was very flavorful and moist — not dry in the least bit whatsoever. The only thing that was somewhat disappointing was that the pieces of brown were a little tough to chew. The flavor it brought out, however, more than made up for it.
One of my former co-workers recommended to me one time that if I ever went to a BBQ restaurant in Lexington, ask for an extra cup of dip. In Lexington, dip is a thin mopping sauce that contains very small amounts of ketchup and sugar to go along with the vinegar and other spices. I’m very glad that I did. Adding a small amount of the dip to my BBQ really enhanced the flavors of the pork.
The hush puppies were delicious! They were very crunchy, flavorful, and (best of all) not greasy. I could have made myself completely full just on the hush puppies alone (which I nearly did).
Normally I am not a fan of red slaw. I usually find it a bit too tangy. However, this slaw complemented the rest of the meal well. It was very crunchy with just enough tang to act as a perfect side to the slaw.
I even left enough room for peach cobbler. The peach cobbler was good, but nothing really outstanding. It just didn’t have that “wow” factor, in my opinion. Plus, I’m still trying to figure out where in the world they were able to find a rectangular ice cream scoop.
All in all, the food at Lexington BBQ #1 was worth the drive up from Charlotte. The fact that I got to partake of the BBQ with a great group of people made it even better!