I am always on the lookout for new places to try in and around Charlotte. So when one of my employer’s clients suggested that I try Sauceman’s in Charlotte, I decided to give it a shot.
When I first pulled up the website, I saw that they also did pizza and grill-style foods in addition to BBQ. I was a little concerned (unjustifiably so) in that the ‘que here was going to be sub-par. Then I continued reading through their site to find out more about them. Sauceman’s was founded in 2010 and specializes in North Carolina style BBQ (Lexington style, to be specific). It is located in the South End district of Charlotte, NC at the corner of Tryon St. and West Blvd.
At Sauceman’s, you place your order and pay for it, and then your order is brought out to you. After browsing the menu for a bit, I decided to order the coarse chopped BBQ plate (which comes with hush puppies and slaw) with potato salad as my side of choice. Less than five minutes after paying for my order, out comes my plate.
One bite into the pork, and my taste buds jumped for joy! This was some of the most flavorful and moist pork that I have tasted. There were nice big chunks of bark in the pork that were super tasty, and the meat itself was very moist! The slaw (a red slaw — white slaw is also available) was very vinegary and peppery. It may be a little too vinegary and peppery if you are not used to this style of slaw. The potato salad was very delicious, with nice large pieces of potatoes that weren’t overly slathered. The hush puppies were very large and very crispy!
I got to speak with Zach Goodyear, the pitmaster for Sauceman’s. We had a very pleasant conversation and talked about some of the many good things in store for Sauceman’s. After speaking with him, I decided to take a look at their sauces. There are three different sauces available — a vinegar-based sauce, a sweet tomato-based sauce, and a mustard-based sauce.
The vinegar-based sauce (not pictured) was a classic eastern-Carolina style vinegar sauce that was very tasty. It would work very well as a dipping sauce for the pork, if so desired. The tomato-based sauce was very, very sweet with predominant flavors of brown sugar and molasses. The mustard-based sauce was also sweet, although not as sweet as the tomato-based sauce. It also had a little bit of kick to it in terms of spice and heat, though not enough to be overpowering and predominant.
I was getting ready to leave when I saw this beast of a sandwich show up at a neighboring table. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce to you the Clark Griswald.
The “Clark Griswald” stands at a whopping 3 lbs of pork (although the guy working the register told me that it was 4 lbs) and is served with slaw, hush puppies, and choice of side. And if you can finish this beast in 30 minutes or less, it’s on the house. Otherwise, it’s $14.99. That’s still a heckuva deal for that much pig!!
I can gladly say that I will be adding Sauceman’s to my list of places to visit over and over again for BBQ in Charlotte, and I suggest that you should too!