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Bill Ellis BBQ, Wilson, NC

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3007 Downing Street Extension
Wilson, NC 27896
(252) 237-4372


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The expanse of the Bill Ellis BBQ empire is impressive. The current site has a take-out or walk-in area, they have a drive-through window located on the other side of the take-out area and just a few feet away from the drive-through window is the buffet & dining room. Bill also has his own on-site convention center. The take-out side of the complex has a large parking lot that is complimented by a large covered outside eating area with picnic tables and ceiling fans, just in case you don’t want to eat in your car. Bill Ellis also has his own pig farm, but its not on-site. In addition to the lot for the take-out folks, there is another parking area for Bill’s massive fleet of trucks. He caters all over the state and across the country. There were a few of his many eighteen wheelers in the lot the day I was there. Bill also has an on-site garage to maintain his fleet. That’s a glimpse of the empire, so now onto the Q. I ordered the Q dinner with sweet tea and a banana pudding. My dinner came with coleslaw, chopped Q, fries, hushpuppies and Brunswick stew. The coleslaw consisted of green and white cabbage and was yellow in overall color. The slaw was very good. The fries were exceptionally good. They were soft, warm and nicely salted. My chopped Q was good, but it had too many pig fat pellets in it. I know that the pig fat adds more taste to the Q, but this had too many in it for me to really enjoy it. My hush-puppies were very good. They were even better dipped in the sauce. My Brunswick stew was very thick and it resembled vegetable soup that you get from a can. Only, in this case, they didn’t add that can of water to the soup/stew before they let it simmer a bit. My sweet tea was very good and was very needed after sampling the stew. My banana pudding was also very good. For me, the pulled pork is far superior to the chopped. The chopped is more of a combination of leftovers, fat and scraps from the good Q. The chopped Q is equal to regular hamburger meat. The pulled Q however, is your top cut, grain fed, dry aged, Angus steak. So, I went back the next day with a cooler filled with ice so I could bring back some of the pulled Q and some sauce. Naturally, I had to sample it before I packed it up. The pulled Q was incredible tender and very juicy. This is how Q should taste before you add the sauce. Bill Ellis does not sauce the pork in the kitchen. The sauce is vinegar based and is light brown in color. It is loaded with spices; crushed red peppers, black pepper and salt are the major ones. The sauce is on the hotter side and it does have a kick to it. Dip or cover your pulled Q in the sauce and your taste buds will be rocketed away to orbit the planet euphoria! This is good eating.

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