315 Beechwood Blvd (Hwy 11), Murfreesboro, NC
Hours: Thu – Sun only
BBQ Jew’s Grade: C-
Porky Says: ”Eh.”
Barbecue on a Sunday
As a devout BBQ Jew, I typically steer clear of BBQ joints that are open on Sundays. They tend to be second rate, though there are some very notable exceptions to this rule (e.g., Lexington #1). On this particular Sunday, I was driving back from a day of canoeing at Merchant’s Millpond State Park in northeastern NC, a place well worth visiting. A few hours of paddling in an alligator-filled swamp had me hungrier than a crocodile, and my buddy and I were happy to find that Whitley’s was open on Sundays.
Sauce Unfit for a Gator
Whitley’s offers an impressive looking Sunday buffet of barbecue, chicken, other main dishes, a wide variety of sides, and dessert. However, at $14 a person–far and away the most expensive NC BBQ buffet I’ve ever encountered, and in rural Murfreesboro of all places–I hesitated. Between the price and plans to check out a couple of other BBQ joints on my ride home, as well as my general distaste for eating ‘cue off a steam table, I chose to order from the menu.
The barbecue plate I ordered came with corn sticks, an Eastern NC delicacy with which I have relatively little experience given how common hush puppies are. I was happy to get a chance to eat some corn sticks, though I found Whitley’s to be on the dry and unflavorful side. Unfortunately, (more…)