Mac’s Speedshop

A trip to Charlotte is not complete without a stop at Mac’s Speedshop for some BBQ.  I found this place when I lived in Charlotte for a short time.  Now whenever I am back for a visit I have to go.  I have been to the South End and the Lake Norman locations and both aim to please.  It is a fun atmosphere with many events and food to die for.  The carry a wide wide variety of beers both on top and in bottle.    Whenever I go I always have a new specialty beer to try.  This time it was Hobgoblin.

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We can never go with my daughter without ordering the tabasco fried pickles.  What is funny is I never had fried pickles that is so popular right now until I lived in Charlotte.  Their pickles are lightly battered rounds with a kick served with ranch.

On this trip I decided to try selections I haven’t had in the past.  I ordered the wings in smokin’ burn out.  The wings are smoked and not fried.  Some people do not enjoy smoked chicken because they can’t get over the pinkish color.  WELL get over it!!!  I try wings everywhere I go and these are not to be missed.  I even dare to say they may be the best I have ever had.  The smokin’ burn out started off not spicy and then slowly finished hot on the back of your tongue.  I thoroughly enjoyed them although others we looking for water.  At first they were YUM then after a few minutes hmmm what a kick!!

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My main selection was the Brisket Philly Wrap.  What can I say…the brisket was tender and flavorful and paired with peppers, onions, and cheese.  It was messy, juicy, and abundant in brisket.  I paired it with green bean casserole.

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My daughter had the pulled pork with mac and cheese and collard greens.  This classic combo is always a hit and sure to please.  The collard greens are cooked with bacon and touch of brown sugar.  Her friend had the brisket, which as you can see were large slabs on top of texas toast.   The tables all have 4 options of BBQ sauces (Vinegar based, Carolina BBQ, Red BBQ, and SC Mustard) so everyone in your party can find their favorite.  I usually end up using all of them because I cannot decide which one is best!

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With so many delicious options at Mac’s you can keep going back and try something new.  What is especially nice at most Charlotte restaurant’s with Mac’s being no different is the outside patio seating option.  I have never seen it not busy there and even the first time I went we saw a lot of police cars.  Well if the officers eat there you know it is good!!!