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Carolina Barbecue serves up favorite flavors

Feb. 02, 2012 @ 02:30 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Before opening his own restaurant in the summer of 2010, Shawn Stowers decided to take a little road trip. He visited Lexington, N.C., the town that proclaims itself to be the "Barbecue Capitol of the World."

"A friend of mine had gone to Lexington Barbecue many times, and he knew the owner himself," Stowers said. "He suggested I go there and talk to him. The owner invited me to come down for the weekend to write some information. I mostly learned sauce recipes, as I had already been smoking. I also learned how to make Red Slaw. I had done carpeting for about 20 years and started doing some catering for friends. Some of them suggested I open up a restaurant, so I went and got that done."

The aptly named Carolina Barbecue is best known for its chopped pork sandwiches made from smoked pork shoulder. A beef sandwich made from Beef Brisket is also available. A small sandwich sells for $3 while a large goes for $4. Customers can enjoy their sandwich with a traditional white slaw or a ketchup-based red slaw. There are two homemade styles of barbecue sauce, a tomato-based Kansas City sauce and a vinegar-based Lexington Dip. The small restaurant also makes a homemade cayenne pepper-based hot sauce.

"It takes about 14 hours to smoke each one," Stowers said. "Plus another hour or two after that for prep and seasoning. We also serve ribs, which take about four hours per rack.

"About six months ago, we added at 12-inch barbecue pizza where we start with the crust and our Kansas City sauce. You can put hickory smoked chicken or pork on it. We also now do smoked wings, which you can have barbecue sauce or hot sauce put on them," Stowers said. "We also have hot dogs on the menu, because many kids haven't acquired a taste for barbecue -- though a lot of kids like them."

A pound of spare ribs sells for $7. Customers can also enjoy a rib platter for $10, which comes with two sides and some corn bread. Side items include potato salad, macaroni salad and baked beans. Customers can also enjoy Georgia Pecan Cornbread ($3) and Peach Cobbler ($3) for desert.

Carolina BBQ is located at 833 6th Ave. in downtown Huntington at the Prichard building. It is open  from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash and most major credit cards are accepted. No American Express cards or checks are taken at this time. For more information or carry-out orders, call 304-781-0009.

If you go: Carolina BBQ

TYPE OF FOOD: Barbecue

ADDRESS: 833 6th Ave., Huntington WV

PHONE NUMBER: 304-781-0009

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and most major credit cards (no American Express). No checks are taken at this time.

HOURS: 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday

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