A Pinehurst Hidden Barbecue Gem
If you’re anxiously awaiting that invite to a backyard barbecue promised by every summer movie ever, you may be interested in a styrofoam plate served from a nondescript takeout window in Pinehurst.
Alex and Paula McCaskill opened Southern Q and Seafood about three months ago, in a building that’s easy to miss from the street. The two serve up barbecue, shrimp po’ boys, brisket, grilled chicken, and homestyle sides — to take with you or eat at one of the picnic tables outside. Pick at the menu.
Lost in the Vinegar Sauce
Despite only being open three times a week, the couple stays busy: along with their other local operation, Southern Q Catering of Pinehurst, “I’m usually cooking about 250 lbs of brisket at a time,” Alex says.
“One of the advantages to living in North Carolina is being able to get fresh pork whenever I need,” says Alex.
Alex got into cooking barbecue because he was always “that guy” at the party who had to man the grill. “It was a lot of trial and error,” he says. After moving back to the area, the Moore County native decided he enjoyed cooking meats and wanted to pursue it further.
You may notice the name Bob on the menu — that started as an inside joke when customers morbidly started asking the name of the hogs they were about to eat. Now, Alex honors each animal by christening it “Bob.”
- Southern Q is open Monday-Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 50 Rattlesnake Trail, Pinehurst. Put some pork on your fork.