One of my favorite blogs to follow is Kevin’s BBQ Joints. Earlier this year, I was reading a blog post talking about the favorite BBQ joints of Amy Mills Tunnicliffe. When I saw Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC mentioned, my first thought was, “Hey, that’s close to my in-laws!” Well this past weekend, my father-in-law and I decided to give it a shot.
If you’re not keeping your eye out as you drive, you may very well miss this joint! It is set off the road behind a collection of shops and eateries in Flat Rock, NC. There is no indoor seating — instead, there are multiple outdoor seats available ranging from picnic tables to covered seating areas. Ordering is done at one window, and food is picked up from the other. One thing that gave me encouragement was the big woodpile. According to the website for the smokehouse, they are supposedly one of only 30 wood-fired smokehouses in the state of North Carolina.
Both my father-in-law and I decided to order the pork plate — I ordered mine with cole slaw and potato salad, while he ordered his with cole slaw and baked beans.
The pulled pork had good flavor. It was not overly smoky, and I could actually taste the meat and not some sauce. The one word to describe the slaw — fresh. The slaw had very little liquid base and almost consisted entirely of veggie goodness. The potato salad had a very interesting flavor — it was a blend of a white potato salad and a classic yellow potato salad.
While ordering, I saw a slew of sauces at the counter (try saying that 3 times fast…). I decided to get a sample of each and give them a shot.
I was expecting the tomato sauce to be a little bit sweeter, but it tasted fine by itself. It gave the pork a little more flavor as well. The mustard-based sauce is your classic SC mustard sauce and would work well on a pulled pork sandwich. The vinegar sauce holds true to the eastern Carolina style vinegar based sauce. The chipotle had a nice smoky kick to it — not overpowering, but enough to balance out the flavors. The tomatillo sauce was interesting — it reminded me of some grilling sauces I’ve had in the past in terms of its fresh taste.
All in all, I enjoyed the trip to Hubba Hubba Smokehouse and would not hesitate to return there again.