the spot: Green River BBQ 131 Highway 176 Saluda NC 28773
the eats: Pulled Pork, Ribs, Tomato Pie, Collard Greens
the bucks: $10 a head when you order meats by pound + sides
the full nelson: decent BBQ in a cozy North Carolina mountain
Green River BBQ had a tough act to follow. The day before me and my crew had an epic Eastern Carolina BBQ lunch from The Pig in Chapel Hill N.C. and that was some of the best barbecue I have had in years. Green River BBQ at best might make for a decent lunch stop when trekking in the mountains of North Carolina but you will be getting your pulled pork fix and that is seldom a bad thing.
Keep your eyes peeled for this sign and get ready to crank a sharp left turn into one of the few parking spots when pull up to Green River BBQ. We made the mistake of parking across the street and were greeted by a salty local. In fairness he had a sign that says no parking. Regardless, don’t park at the mechanic’s across the street.
Being Covid-19 times, we brought our barbecue back to base camp: an Airbnb about 10 minutes away. My guess is that we will probably eat at Green River BBQ again just because we loved this cabin so much.
Family style or meats by the pound is the only way to order BBQ. A pound of pulled pork, half a rack of ribs and three sides ends up being more than enough food. Speaking of sides, I really enjoy “The Southern” touch at Green River BBQ. The collard greens aren’t a revelation but at least they’re not cooked to death. It might be hard to tell but sitting at about 3 o’clock was the Tomato pie which is stellar. I remember getting Tomato Pie when Cheap Eats went to Charleston and if I see it on the menu, it’s getting ordered. The onions is a mayo/vinegar sauce are fun too.
As far as the meats went, the pulled pork was respectable. Not surprisingly a touch dry and probably pulled and sitting for a bit. The ribs were plain dry. In both cases I got a nice hint of smoke and the rub indeed rubbed me the right way.
I have never been one to take into consideration atmosphere when dining out but it’s hard not to consider the fact that in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, you can eat a decent plate of BBQ. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat at Green River BBQ but I could see myself getting BBQ to go and bringing it back to this house with this crew.