BBQ Jew’s View: Scott’s


1201 N. William St., Goldsboro, NC
(919) 734-0711
Scott’s Website
BBQ Jew’s Grade: C
Porky Says: “Pay Scott’s your respects, or just buy a bottle of their sauce.”

A Proud History
I’ve been traveling to Goldsboro for work for the past couple years and finally was able to catch the legendary Scott’s on a day when the dining room was open.  The owners had recently recovered from some health problems that had kept them from running the restaurant for several months.  They are now open a couple days a week for lunch.  Although the barbecue was middle of the road at best (alas, it has been years since Scott’s wood-cooked their ‘cue), I am very happy to have made my way through Scott’s doors.

Scott’s has been selling barbecue for over 90 years, which is an amazing feat in itself and makes it one of the oldest barbecue joints around (and likely one of the longest running family-owned businesses in NC). Many people know Scott’s for its sauce, which is the most widely available of NC barbecue sauces, but may be unaware of the restaurant.  It sits in a modest building right next to a large but unassuming bottling facility, where Scott’s peppery hot vinegar

Alas, these days no wood is harmed in Scott's pit

Tree huggers rejoice, it has been years since any wood was harmed by Scott's pit

concoction is made and distributed.

 The history is palpable at Scott’s, especially with the portrait of founder Rev. Adam Scott on the walls and the fact that his grandkids run the place today.  This kind of family legacy is what NC barbecue is all about.  Rev. Scott was an African-American preacher who started selling barbecue out of his home in 1917.  According to Holy Smoke it was not long before Rev. Scott decided to close in his porch and call his home a restaurant.  In the late-1940s, after a tweak to the original sauce recipe by Adam Scott’s son, Scott’s successful sauce business began.  The restaurant kept chugging on too, though its popularity was soon eclipsed by that of the sauce distribution business (no shame in that, as the sauce is really terrific).

Pork Ahoy!
Scott’s pirate-friendly motto “It’s The Best Ye Ever Tasted” is fitting for their excellent sauce, which brings some life to anything you put it on, but the food itself is about as ordinary as ye ever tasted, matey.  There was nothing memorable about the pork or hush puppies, and the yellow mustard-spiked slaw was good but not great.  Even though there is nothing that allows me to recommend Scott’s as a regular lunch spot, especially with Wilber’s and McCall’s just a few minutes down the road, I do think Scott’s is worth a visit for its long, successful history.  Next time you’re in Goldsboro, consider stopping by Scott’s to pay your respects and make sure you order a bottle (of sauce) for the road. 

A sign of the times?

The Scott's legacy continues: 92 years and counting


7 Responses

  1. Shalom, gentlemen! I write the Now Serving column in the Indy, and I’m writing about you this week. Not sure how to get in touch with you other than via the comments! I enjoy your blog (and barbecue) very much. Regards, Claire Cusick

  2. Thanks, Claire. Check your email and you’ll find a message from your’s truly. We’ll add a more convenient way to contact us via the website soon…

  3. Time moves on and things change. The younger generations of the Scott family have their own dreams and must pursue those dreams. I am sad that after so many years that things have and are changing. My family ate with the Scotts for generations with never a bad meal. I have some very fond memories of Mr. Martel and of speaking with him as he stood behind the checkout counter. I am thankful for his friendship and for those memories.

  4. David, very well said about Scott’s. I truly wish I had the opportunity to visit Scott’s in its prime. I still love their bottled sauce and keep it on hand at home as a staple.

  5. […] story behind the restaurant until seeing this interesting article.  Between Guy Parker’s and Scott’s, Goldsboro is becoming a barbecue town known as much for its ghosts (and their sauce) as for its […]

  6. […] story behind the restaurant until seeing this interesting article.  Between Guy Parker’s and Scott’s, Goldsboro is becoming a barbecue town known as much for its ghosts (and their sauce) as for its […]

  7. The younger generations don’t know or care about hard work to keep a good thing going,hence the lapse in good quality BBQ!!! I ate at Scotts BBQ regularly when I was growing up in the forties and fifties,I will end this by just saying things change with time!!

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