Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque

Bar-b-q | Smoke House | Soul Food
Worth a detour


Are you marooned in southwestern Connecticut and craving St. Louis ribs, Texas brisket, or North Carolina pulled pork? Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque, a tiny joint on the Post Road in Fairfield, is a good place to go. While its slogan is “Bringing the South…North,” the menu includes barbecue dishes from around the country along with a panoply of such soul-food sides as collard greens and cornbread and peach cobbler for dessert.

It’s the real deal. Nothing I’ve tasted at Wilson’s eclipses barbecue in its natural habitat, but the big shreds of pulled pork are velvet-soft and elegant as pulled pork ought to be; the sliced brisket is redolent of smoke flavor; collards and mac ‘n’ cheese are exemplary. While the food is a worthy ode to America’s barbecue bounty, it should be noted that prices reflect the urban Northeast. A full meal, including drink and dessert, can easily reach $30.

Open only Thursday through Sunday, the restaurant is minuscule and almost always extremely crowded. Take-out service is quick and easy.

What to Eat
Texas Style Sausage
Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque, Rib Slab
Rib Slab
Memphis Style Ribs. Deeply smoky and tender with mild rub. Notice how deep the smoke ring goes.
Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque, 2 Meat Plate
2 Meat Plate
An incongruous plate if ever there was one: Texas beef brisket and North Carolina pulled pork, topped with a square of Wilson's good cornbread. The pork is juicy and delicious as-is, although piquant vinegar sauce is offered on the side. The brisket is a bit dry until dolloped with Wilson's fine smoky chipotle sauce.
Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Wilson's macaroni and cheese is a nice mix of chewy edge and tender inside. Creamy and bland, it makes a fine companion for smoky meat and spicy sauce.
Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Greener than green, these collards have a walloping vegetable flavor. They are great paired with mac 'n' cheese alongside smoked meat.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11:30 am - 9 pm
Thursday11:30 am - 9 pm
Friday11:30 am - 9 pm
Saturday11:30 am - 9 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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