Saul’s: Vintage BBQ Advertisement

Below is an advertisement from the 1956 yellow pages for Saul’s Barbecue in Raleigh.  Thanks to hog historian/swine sociologist John Shelton Reed, who sent me a photocopy of the ad, which he came across in the archives of the fabulous North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill’s library.

My favorite elements of the advertisement are its emphasis on local sourcing of ingredients (not just a 2010s selling point, it turns out) and, of course, the priceless plug at the bottom of the page.  I’m not sure if the Temple of the BBQ Jew would count as an acceptable “church of my choice” but maybe.  If any of you readers remember Saul’s, leave a comment, as I’d love to hear about the place.

13 Responses

  1. this is great…nothing really has changed since then…bbq has been around forever.

  2. Sauls made the best French fries ever. In fact we were trying to figure
    out the recipe, anyone have any ideas? I think they were maybe cut into wedges, par boiled for a short period of time, cooled off, dipped in flour and ? any ideas?

  3. OMG-I was just telling someone at work about Saul’s BBQ that use to be on South Saunders St. in Raleigh and how I use to love their fries-I knew they had some sort of batter on them-they were so good!! Wish I knew if there was somewhere that still cooked them like that.

  4. That’s not the sign from the one in Raleigh. The Raleigh one was Bob Saul’s BBQ

  5. Our Family use to eat at Saul’s and we just loved it. It’s been over 40 years. Is there still a Saul’s? We also use to love the Angus Barn, they had great food. I new Thad Eure and Charlie Winston, the owners.
    They opened a little restaurant called “Chicken Junction”not to far from Saul’s. Well, I guess if you live long enough,”Everything Will Change”.

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  7. The Fries at Sauls were the BEST !

  8. i remember eating the onion rings at sauls in the mid-sixties. as a kid i thought onion rings were supposed to taste like they did. to this day, i never order onion rings because they cannot touch how good they were at sauls on south saunders street

  9. Been many years ago now but still yet to taste any bbq that is better. Also really liked the “puffed-up” taters. This place set the standard to cole slaw as well. To date still my favorite bbq, I miss it and the comfortable, relaxed, atmosphere. Top it off with REAL BREWED sweet tea, yet living the good life. Those were the days, my friends, those were indeed the days. Then off to far away places courtesy of Uncle Sam.

  10. Bob Saul’s Barbeque was one of the best Barbeque restaurants the French Fries with the batter like Onion Rings I still have the recipe I wish someone would start making them they sell fast and when the word gets out it would have an ongoing line Saul’s Barbeque to their yams and Cole slaw Hush puppies and Barbequed chicken and stew the ones that missed eating at Saul’s Barbeque in Raleigh NC on South Saunders st aka hwy 15A missed the best Barbeque there was anyone wanting to know how to make Saul’s french fries drop me a line Email or call 919 417-9449 if I had the backing I could knock the doors off any Barbeque around and there’s good Barbeque but when it comes to Eastern North Carolina Barbeque only a handful can do it

  11. Remember Bob Saul ‘s
    BBQ on South Saunders street in Raleigh interstate 440/40 sits on old property
    Do you have recollection of this place?

  12. Just looked this up after a discussion with my Uncle. My late Father Frederick Morgan and both my Uncles Curt and Willie and my Aunt Della Mae all worked at Sauls. The lived on TenPenny Road. Saul paid most of my Fathers tuition to go the Tuskegee Institutes culinary program and he later became a chef living in Los Angeles Hamburger Hamlet and many others

  13. Very nice blog you have heree

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