Shaw’s Barbecue House

Bar-b-q | Meat-and-Three
One of the best

For inland Carolinians heading towards the ocean on Highway 64, Shaw’s has been a favorite eat-stop since Harry Truman was President. Most customers come for the immemorial eastern North Carolina barbecue meal: chopped pork with a couple of such side dishes as collard greens, boiled potatoes, candied yams, cole slaw, baked beans, or cabbage. Also included in the price of a plate is a pair of corn sticks, a strange local substitute for hushpuppies that, in our opinion, are all texture and little taste.

Shaw’s offers not only the traditional finely-chopped pork veiled in a subtle vinegar sauce; the menu also lists “pig pickers,” which is big strips and chunks of pork pulled of the roast and apparently not sauced at all. If you want pig and nothing but the pig, picker is the way to go.

Service is do-it-yourself. Step up to the counter and tell the server what you want. When you pay, you get a number and while the meal is prepared you find a table and wait for the number to be called. Everything is served in Styrofoam clamshell containers, which are not all that charming, but make some sense since so much business here is carry-out.

What to Eat
Shaw’s Barbecue House, Barbecue Plate
Barbecue Plate
Here is a barbecue in the classic eastern North Carolina configuration: chopped into a hash and spiced with a subtle vinegar sauce. Also on the plate are boiled potatoes (typical of Q houses in this region) and greens, plus the corn sticks that seem to have replaced hush puppies in some local restaurants.
Shaw’s Barbecue House, Pig Pickers
Pig Pickers
Pig Picker offers large, soft pieces of pulled pork that are scarcely sauced at all. Of course, there is sauce on each table if you need to spice it up.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday6:30am - 7pm
Tuesday6:30am - 7pm
Wednesday6:30am - 7pm
Thursday6:30am - 7pm
Friday6:30am - 7:30pm
Saturday6:30am - 7:30pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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