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Lexington BBQ #1

10 Hwy 29-70 South
Lexington, NC 27294






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July 26, 2011, 3:13 p.m.

I traveled far & wide to finally eat at the world famous Lexington BBQ. The meat was chopped & smoked like I like it, but the spiced vinegar sauce is...well, let's say it is definitely an acquired taste. I was a little disappointed in the small proportions that I received, but overall it was very good. Guess I had my hopes up too high. I prefer many other BBQ joints to this one, though.

June 2, 2011, 1:10 p.m.

At Lexington BBQ #1, they serve BBQ (which is pork in the Carolinas) 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). 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.

Make sure to 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. 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.

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, NC! The atmosphere of the restaurant combined with the high-quality 'que makes this place absolutely legendary.

June 2, 2011, 8:46 a.m.

I visited The very well known Lexington #1 in January 2011 during my Southern Expedition form Oshawa, Ontario Canada to Florida with stops in NC and Georgia.

I met up with fellow bloggers Cyndi Allison, Wayne Brown and John Shepard for a 3 hour lunch at the Lexington on a Saturday afternoon and the place was packed!.
We were able to get a booth pretty quick though and they serve a ton of Chopped Pork, which was very tasty and the red NC sauce was very nice too and they put the red sauce in with the slaw too, I love that they serve Cheerwine there which is one of my favorite soft drinks.

After our meal which included some wonderful Peach cobbler we were given a tour of the smokehouse out back where I saw that they cook 40 pork shoulders at a time over coals from hardwood.

I only gave the restaurant 4 flames because it would be nice if they had more types of meat like brisket and ribs, but at the same time why mess with something that they do really well?

It is a fantastic place and I loved being there and spending a couple of hours with good friends.

If you want to see a bunch of pics and more of my trip there you can rad about it in my blog Oshawa Ogre's Views, News & BBQ's