Wilson’s BBQ

Bar-b-q | Soul Food
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** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED **

“U Need No Teeth to Eat Our Beef” is one of Wilson’s several mottos (another being “U Need A Bib to Eat Our Ribs”), and sure enough, that hacked up BBQ beef is impressively tender. Moist, velvet-soft shreds are interspersed with crusty strips from the outside of the brisket; the flavor is quintessentially beefy, well-salted and fatty. Magnificent!

I did not get a chance to try the ribs, nor barbecued bologna; but I did mix the beef with hot links, which have a great spicy zest and a muscular quality that does require dentition. Another house specialty is Wilson’s smoked potato: a huge spud that is presented splayed open and lightly seasoned, available “plain” with just butter and sour cream, or stuffed with your choice of brisket, cut-up hot links, or bologna.

J.B. Wilson, who opened the place in 1961, passed away in 2004; but it is now run by Amos Adetula, whom the menu describes as “a good friend to J.B. [carrying on] the same values and traditions.” It is now a modern two-room BBQ parlor with wood paneled walls, table service and a counter where people come for take-out orders. Décor includes signs that read, “Our cow is dead. We don’t need no bull” and “The bank and I have an agreement. They will not sell bar b que and I will not lend money or cash checks.”

What to Eat
Wilson’s BBQ, Smoked Potato
Smoked Potato
Must-Try
Sandra Wilson, whose uncle was founder J.B. Wilson, shows off the kitchen's luxurious smoked potato (this one NOT stuffed with barbecue).
Wilson’s BBQ, Beef Dinner
Beef Dinner
Must-Try
This is a combination dinner of beef and hot links. It's a great pair, because the beef is so tender and the links have a real chew. At the edges are beans, cole slaw, and an individual buttermilk pie. Garnishes include raw onion and pickle.
Sliced Brisket
Must-Try
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayCLOSED
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 10 pm
Saturday11 am - 10 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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