Sweet potato casserole.
Those words are music to a Southern girl’s ears and Moe’s Original Bar B Que, recently opened at 111 Matthews Street Station, is a sonnet of gastric proportions.
Southerners can be quite finicky when it comes to barbeque and debates can rage on and on – Kansas style, Memphis style, Texas style or Carolina style. Once that argument is settled, then there’s the question of sauce: vinegar-based or mustard-based. And let’s not even get into a discussion on dry rubs. Everyone has an opinion about what constitutes real barbeque.
But no matter which camp you’re in, Moe’s Bar B Que is sure to please. Family- owned by husband and wife team Brian and Janeen Fairhurst and brother Craig Fairhurst, this is the second North Carolina location for the Colorado born franchise. You’ll find the usual barbeque suspects on the menu: pulled pork, chicken, ribs and turkey along with the obligatory sides of beans and slaw but Moe’s takes it a step further by adding truly Southern delicacies like collard greens, mac & cheese, banana pudding and Brunswick stew. You’ll also find a Shrimp Moe Boy, which is Moe’s take on the po’ boy sandwich, catfish and chicken wings listed on the menu.
Much to our shame, my dining companion and I absolutely tore through the sample platter we ordered during the media tasting (okay, so we weren’t really ashamed but we should have been because that was seriously a lot of food for two girls to eat) and gave a two-thumbs-up to everything we tried. Of the pulled pork, chicken wings, ribs, smoked turkey and smoked chicken that we tried, the chicken was my favorite. It was tender, juicy and served with a drizzle of white sauce that I understand is typical in ‘Bama style barbeque. The wings were a second favorite, also served with the white sauce. Moe’s uses oak and fruit woods to smoke their meats instead of the typical hickory and they don’t just fry their wings – they are brined, smoked and fried which imparts layers of tasty flavors.
Moe’s pays homage to local and regional breweries by offering at least 12 different beers on tap. I couldn't pass up the chance to order a Mother Trucker Pale Ale, which hails from Catawba Brewing Company in Morganton, NC, simply because of the name and my friend settled on Charlotte’s Birdsong Brewery Red House Wheat. Both were ice cold and demanded a second round be ordered.
If you want mac & cheese, collard greens and sweet potato casserole like your grandma used to make, visit Moe’s. If you’re looking for really good barbequed pork, chicken, ribs, or turkey, head to Moe’s. Or maybe you have a craving for tasty chicken wings? Moe’s is the place. Moe’s Original Bar B Que is located at 111 Matthews Station Street, Matthews, NC and their hours are Monday – Friday 11am to 9pm and closed on Sunday. Visit them soon!