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Picnic Durham Review (Hint: Awesome)

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  • FishTalesNC
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    • Dec 2017
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    • Durham, NC

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    Picnic Durham Review (Hint: Awesome)

    About 3 years ago Picnic opened up here in Durham. It’s maybe 10 min from me, but we hadn’t been there yet, mostly because of so many disappointing visits to “award winning” BBQ joints. But with the increasing number of glowing reviews (Time Magazine rated it in the top 8 in the state) it was time to rectify that.

    I read some articles recently that had me really excited to try them. One of the 3 owners is a pig farmer at Green Button Farm where he “raises Berkshires, Tamworths, and Durocs in various crossbred combinations about ten miles outside of Durham.” And these, of course, are what they’re cooking! Now, if you’re looking only for classic eastern or western/Lexington NC styles, this is not it. I suppose being in the Piedmont they are a very respectable blend of both - they do whole hog, but they pull it and provide a western style sauce along with Texas Pete.

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    I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with slaw and hush puppies.

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    The pork was great - moist, nice pork flavor, and a hint of smoke. I prefer a lot more bark, but I’ll make it that way at home. The sides were all better than expected and clearly homemade. Even the hush puppies were unique - lighter (almost think funnel cake but as a corn bread hush puppies) and savory with a little chopped pepper in them.

    Now, being a good Carolina BBQ joint, they also had banana pudding which my wife and I decided to share.

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    Again, clearly homemade and that’s real whip cream. It was without a doubt the best I’ve ever had.

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    Overall it was a great experience. I’d highly recommend it to anyone on AR, and will be back myself to try their “non-native ‘cue” (brisket and spareribs) as well as their fried chicken. It’s not cheap, lunch for 2 with dessert was just over $30 tip included. But well worth it considering the heritage hogs and homemade sides. So happy we found this little gem here in Bull City! 👍🏻
    Last edited by FishTalesNC; July 5th, 2019, 10:28 AM.
  • Bkhuna
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    • Apr 2019
    • 437
    • Merritt Island Florida

    What's that stuff that looks like a yard clipping snow cone?
    Last edited by Bkhuna; July 5th, 2019, 04:19 PM.


    • FishTalesNC
      FishTalesNC commented
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      LOL if you’re truly wondering - cole slaw. Not my preferred style, but came with the sandwich and was also clearly homemade, I’ll give it that. My wife had the dill potato salad and raved about it.
  • RonB
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 12341
    • Near Richmond VA
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      Pizza insert
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      2 Thermapens
      lots of probes.

    Thanx. I'll keep it in mind if I am ever in the area.


    • dahcopilot
      Club Member
      • Jan 2018
      • 120
      • trent woods, nc

      have you ever tried adam's roadside bbq between smithfield and goldsboro?


      • FishTalesNC
        FishTalesNC commented
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        Can’t say that have, but it’s only a slight detour on my trips to/from Wilmington to see family. Pretty solid?

      • dahcopilot
        dahcopilot commented
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        don't know, they are always closed when i pass them. ken's grill in lagrange has awesome nc bbq though. pork sells out by 2pm
    • scottranda
      Charter Member
      • May 2015
      • 1694
      • Charlotte, NC

      It reminds me of when I wrote this about Picnic:


      The owner was a great guy!


      • FishTalesNC
        FishTalesNC commented
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        That’s awesome scottranda ! Think you posted that review before I was even on AR. Really interesting info you relayed from your conversation, don’t get that every day! Btw, ever watched No Country for Old Men?

      • scottranda
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        I haven’t! I’ll have to!
    • Dan Deter
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      • Jun 2018
      • 401
      • Raleigh, NC
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      Sweet! We'll have to go try it some time....


      • mountainsmoker
        Banned Former Member
        • Jun 2019
        • 1851
        • Bryson City, NC

        I'll have to try it if I get that way. Don't normally go to the Raleigh/Durham area, these days since I'm retired and it's 6hrs from me.

        NC has a bunch of top notch BBQ joints. Ayden, Lexington, Murphy even there in Raleigh/Durham have been recognized for a couple.
        Last edited by mountainsmoker; July 5th, 2019, 02:33 PM.




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