Frequently Asked Questions
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CAN WE BUY YOUR BARBECUE?
Our barbecue is not available for purchase on-line at this time. However, call ahead to place an order and pick-up at our location. You may also visit us at one of our special events. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.
DO YOU HAVE A MINIMUM GUEST REQUIREMENT FOR CATERING?
We prefer that you have at least 25 for drop-off catering.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FULL-SERVICE AND DROP-OFF CATERING?
Full service catering is when we come to your designated location and set-up and serve your customized menu. We provide all of the linens for a buffet, including paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils and the staff to serve. Drop-off catering is delivery of your customized menu, hot and ready to serve.
CAN WE ORDER PIZZA FOR DROP-OFF CATERING?
GO TO PIZZA HUT!
WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE TO BOOK A DATE FOR CATERING?
We require a 50% deposit to reserve the date on our calendar. This deposit is fully refundable up to 30 days prior to the event. After that then only half of the deposit is refundable.
DO YOU PROVIDE THE TABLES AND CHAIRS FOR CATERING?
The quote that you receive for catering is strictly based on the menu and the equipment and staff to serve. We provide our tent, tables and linens for the buffet with no extra charge. However, we can provide or assist you with additional tents, tables, chairs, linens, dance floor, DJ, etc., which would be a separate charge.
CAN WE ORDER OTHER FOODS THAT ARE NOT ON YOUR CATERING MENU?
Yes, special requests are welcome. We ask that you contact us to discuss the special order and we can let you know at that time if we can accommodate you.
IS YOUR BARBECUE PORK OR BEEF?
We refer you to our logo in answer to this question.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE TO SET-UP AND SELL FOOD AT A SPECIAL EVENT?
It’s FREE! We only ask that you provide us with water access and electricity, if it is available. We do have generators but prefer to have a land line for electricity.
IS YOUR BARBECUE EASTERN OR WESTERN CAROLINA STYLE?
It is Eastern Carolina barbecue. I grew up on the Eastern side of the Carolinas and Virginia and that is the only kind of barbecue that I was raised on and cook. For those of you who do not know the difference, Eastern Carolina barbecue is a vinegar based barbecue with red and black pepper, which has been slowed cooked and smoked with Hickory. Western Carolina barbecue has a tomato based sauce added to the meat and Virginia barbecue has a sweet sauce added to the meat. We do make a sauce for those of you who want to add it to the barbecue.
DO YOU HAVE A DOLLAR MENU?
Go to McDonald's to get your soy burger, because that’s what you get for a dollar!
WHAT IS A PIG PICKIN?
If you don’t know what barning tobacco, a streak of lean, chicken pastry or a red hot dog is, then chances are you probably don’t know what a pig pickin is. Folks up here call it a pig roast. Here is what my definition of a pig pickin is: a gathering of folks, friends and/or family where they grab their plates, line up at the pig cooker and pick and pull the meat from the bones of a slow cooked whole hog. Good food and good times.
CAROLINA BARBECUE IN VIRGINIA?
My family is from Eastern North Carolina. My father was born and raised in Hertford, NC and my mother was born and raised in Zebulon, NC and there are cousins, aunt and uncles spread all over Eastern North Carolina and some in Southern Virginia. I grew up as a boy in Garner, NC, Camp Lejeune and then back to Garner again. My dad, “The Colonel” was in the Marine Corps and so that makes me a military brat. His last duty station was Quantico, VA, where he found and bought Post Oak Farm in Spotsylvania, VA and retired in 1971. I retired as a sheriff’s detective and at that time I started Tarheel Pig Pickers Barbecue. I have been around Eastern Carolina barbecue all of my life, been cooking it for years and it’s the only barbecue I know and like. That is why we specialize and only cook Eastern Carolina barbecue and no other style and I can tell you that it’s hard to find real Carolina barbecue up here. Big barbecue chains and individual barbecue places have all different kinds of barbecue on their menus, beef, pork, chicken, St. Louis style, Virginia BBQ, Memphis style, Texas BBQ – you name it and that’s all well and good if that’s what you want, but you will only find authentic, original Carolina barbecue at Tarheel Pig Pickers. We also cook great ribs.
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