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We're serious about our barbecue here in the Carolinas. We can discuss endlessly the virtues of the different sauces and which makes the best barbecue: tomato-based sauce in piedmont North Carolina, vinegar-based sauce down in eastern North Carolina, or mustard-based sauce from Columbia, South Carolina. What I can add to the debate is that my favorite barbecue is found in downtown Matthews NC at the Outlaw BBQ Shack. Owned by Steven and Lynn Colombo, the Outlaw BBQ Shack is tucked away behind an Italian restaurant that is next to the Matthews Post Office. You have to drive around the Italian restaurant to find the little storefront but the hunt is well worth your effort.
The menu at Outlaw BBQ Shack in Matthews NC is not limited to the pork that Carolinians consider the true meat for barbecue. Whole fresh chickens rubbed with herbs and spices and whole marinated beef briskets are cooked slowly over a hickory fire to add variety to the menu. Of course, pulled pork from Boston butt and pork ribs are the stars of the menu. Cover these tender slow-cooked meats with the Outlaw BBQ Shack's special sauce and you have the best barbecue you've ever eaten. And don't forget to top off your meal with their homemade banana pudding.
You might wonder how the Outlaw BBQ Shack got its name. Steven, an attorney, and Lynn Colombo ran law offices in Charlotte and Raleigh for a number of years. In 2003, they decided to enter a barbecue competition in Charlotte and to their surprise, beat most of their competition. After that win, they entered the Barbecue Competition circuit and never looked back. In 2006, they opened the Outlaw BBQ Shack to get out-of-law. They still compete on the Barbecue Circuit and call themselves the Counselors of Q!
Don't miss the Outlaw BBQ Shack in Matthews NC the next time you crave tender, juicy barbecue. It is carry-out only with a couple of tables out front. You'll find it at 131-B East John Street in Matthews behind Delmonico's Italian Restaurant.
Copyright 2009. Carol Fox. Allen Tate Realtors. *Outlaw BBQ Shack in Matthews NC*
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