Smithfield’s: BBQ (Hold the Puppies)

Where: Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q, Wake Forest, NC. This particular location was just voted one of the top five best BBQ places in North Carolina by Southern Living Magazine in January 2010.

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Regular BBQ Platter

How to order it: This platter comes with BBQ pork, cole slaw, potato salad, and hush puppies. I asked them to leave off the puppies since they are made from a mix that includes wheat flour. I enjoyed the sides of fries and Brunswick Stew.

Note of caution for those who are very sensitive to gluten: I spoke with the manager of this location, Travis Carrier-Field, about the stew. The Brunswick Stew is made from the fried chicken that does not get served within thirty minutes of preparation. The fried skins are removed and the meat is then incorporated into the stew. Due to this process, this stew may contain trace amounts of gluten.

What it looks like:

Regular BBQ Platter with  fries and Brunswick Stew (see important note above). This pulled pork is served juicy and hot, with a NC-style vinegar-base sauce complete with occasional red pepper flakes. More SCNB sauce and Texas Pete (ironically, this is made in Winston-Salem, NC) are available on the table for those who crave a little more kick.

Green Note: They incorporate their extra fried chicken into their stews daily, rather than throwing it out.

As you can see from the picture, though, Smithfield’s, like many high-volume restaurants, serves their food and drinks in styrofoam. I hope that they, and others, will begin to investigate alternatives. When you think of the number of people who dine at this very popular establishment every day, a simple purchasing switch like this could have an enormous impact. We love them for their food, extraordinarily polite service, and all those Ava Gardner (local movie celebrity from Smithfield, NC) movie posters hanging on the restaurant walls, but imagine how much more we could love a “greener” plate of BBQ!

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Published in: on March 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. Celeste,
    You are still the Greenest goddess!
    May North Carolina restauranteurs come to realize the benefits of their conversion via your blog! :-)

    • Thanks! We would all be delighted. I’ll only accept that lofty title when that happens. ;) I hope you’re keeping things green in the Northeast!

  2. I had lunch at Smithfield’s in Wake Forest, NC again today. I just noticed that they have a new nutritional info page on their website – http://scnbnc.com/images/nutritionalinfopic.jpg. On this page, they confirm that their Bar-B-Q pork is gluten free! Thank you, Smithfield’s! Looking forward to details about the rest of your menu items.

  3. Hello there, You’ve done a great job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to
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    • Thanks so much for your nice comment. I appreciate the positive words and hope to be able to help anyone in search of Gluten-Free goodness.

  4. What about the fries? r they cooked in the same fryers that they cook breaded chicken?

    • Thank you for asking about the fries. Since there are multiple locations of Smithfields and the practices may or may not be standard, I would exercise good judgment and ask about the fries anytime you go. You are right to be concerned about cross-contamination, as it is possible (though not confirmed) that the fries could be fried in the same oil as the hush puppies or fried chicken. Always check to be sure.


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