Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Mac's Speed Shop

Mac's Speed Shop is a BBQ restaurant that is new to the Downtown Greenville area of SC, but they have 4 other locations in NC. I don't know which came first, but Mac's also has a very successful BBQ Competition team.

Mac's slogan is "Beers, Bikes, and BBQ", and they're pretty successful with all 3. They have Bike Only parking up front, over 300 beers on tap, and the championships to prove their BBQ is good too. As soon as you pull up to Mac's you get a feel of a rustic, old school garage appearance they're going for. If that's not enough, once you walk in, you're surrounded by vintage style parts and signs from the bike and BBQ worlds.

To compliment their huge selection of brews, they also have the Mac's Beer Club. You get a Mac's BC patch for signing up and then other merchandise and apparel as you climb the ladder of beers tried.

If the atmosphere and beers don't get you ... the BBQ will. I've been 4 times now, and every time it's been great. The first 2 times we went I had the pulled pork and Dawn had the brisket, and it was all great. The last time we went, I got the ribs and she got the brisket wrap.

When I started on the ribs they were AMAZING. The sauce was a perfect mix between sweet and spicy and the meat had the perfect combination of hold and pull. As I got closer to the end they the tougher the meat got and the less their was too. By the time I got to the last bone, there literally was no meat on it and the "skin" was pretty close to being considered burned.

Dawn loved her brisket wrap, but couldn't understand how everything inside was cooked except the green peppers. They were so completely raw that they looked like they just bought them, cut them, and threw them in the sandwich. She ended up pulling them out, and eating the sandwich as is, which again, she loved.

The other negative with Mac's, and it's completely personal preference, is their sauces. Being from NC almost all of their sauces are vinegar based, and they're very runny. I tend to prefer a bit thicker sauce.

Ok, so enough with the bad and back to the good. I have yet to have a side that was AWESOME. The fries are amazing, the mac 'n' cheese is some of the best I've ever had from a restaurant, and Dawn has had their cheese grits and raved about them (which is tough with her grits standards).

Take out a few hiccups here and there, and Mac's Speed Shop is flying near the tops of my favorite BBQ joints. If you want good BBQ and try a couple of new beers ... Mac's is the place you need to be.

If you want more information, you can visit their site at here.

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