Wink’s King of Barbecue and Seafood – Salisbury, NC

I’ve had Wink’s on my “must check out” list for quite some time now, but for some reason or another I’ve never made it there until recently.  One weekend I finally bit the bullet and made the drive (approximately 45 minutes from my house) up for lunch.  Was it worth it?  Let’s find out!


In doing research, I found out that Wink’s is listed on the NC BBQ Society’s Historic BBQ Trail.  Criteria for being selected to be on the trail includes being an ideal representative of the distinct techniques and methods that constitute North Carolina BBQ as well as still cooking using old fashioned pit methods.  So upon pulling in to the parking lot, what do I see?  A big ol’ pile of wood.  This is definitely promising!


The building is a non-descript building – nothing too flashy or fancy.  Just as I would expect.


And you could say the same about the inside – definitely down home and country, complete with a whiteboard with all of the desserts for the day! 


Now Wink’s serves much more than BBQ – seafood, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and more are all on the menu. They also open bright and early at 5:30am for breakfast (which is served all day).  But I’m here for one thing: pork.  So I order a large chopped BBQ tray which came with bread, hush puppies, and slaw (they also offer sliced BBQ).

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In one word: delicious!  The BBQ was perfectly moist – not too dry and not overly sauced coming out of the kitchen.  It had a fine-to-medium chop and possessed a nice nutty flavor courtesy of the wood used in the smoking process.  It did not need any additional sauce; however additional sauces are available on the table if so desired.  The slaw (a vinegar-based slaw, very much a Carolinas specialty) had just the right amount of tang and crunch.  Again, great balance here.  The bread and hush puppies were okay as well – nothing earth-shattering there as far as that goes.

The service – the epitome of Southern hospitality.  I was very well taken care of, never wanting for a refill on sweet tea or anything else.  Excellent on all fronts!

Will I be returning?  Oh yeah, absolutely!  Maybe next time I can convince my blogger buddy Cyndi Allison to join in as well!

Wink’s is located at 509 Faith Rd., Salisbury, NC.  You can find Wink’s on Facebook.

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