We first tried to eat at Jackie Hites Bar-B-Q several years ago. I can’t tell you exactly when it was, but I do know that it was a Tuesday. “How do I know”, you ask? My notes are very clear (in BOLD CAPS) that they are closed for lunch on Tuesday. They’re pretty clear on that fact, as well.
I don’t know that I knew that it was a buffet until we showed up, even based on everything that I had read. They were on a list of barbecue places in the Carolinas that a friend gave me several years ago and they also seem to be on several folks’ lists. Jackie Hite, who was once the mayor of Leesburg, passed away a couple of years ago, but his family is continuing the tradition.
We walked in and immediately went to start of the food line. Here’s a shot down the line:
I ended up with a simple plate – focusing on the pulled pork, fried chicken (it was Sunday afternoon), hash and rice, butter beans and mac-n-cheese.
The pork is whole hog barbecue and apparently, Friday is the day to go as they have a pig picking – half the split pig goes out at 11:00 and the other half at noon.
I was really excited about the hash and rice – a distinctly South Carolina dish, that I’m fond of. If you aren’t familiar with it, it takes the place of Brunswick stew as a side in most of that state, and contains all of the miscellaneous pig parts – it’s ground very fine and served hot over white rice.
I was somewhat sad that I didn’t have the option to order what I wanted – the key to that seems to be to order carry-out from the side door. But, then again, I wouldn’t have ordered the fried chicken, which was actually better than the barbecue – it was both very fresh and very hot.
I’m glad I checked this one off the list, but I don’t know that I’d travel the distance off 20 again to get there, again as I was driving through.