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According to Sweet Lew's, when it comes to BBQ, nothing can beat the flavor of cooking over wood. Located in the Belmont neighborhood of Charlotte, owners Lewis Donald and Laura Furman Grice flipped an old service station into one of the city's best restaurants. Their goal was to have a no-frills, family-friendly, BBQ smoke shack that offers a real North Carolina barbeque experience.
The 450-foot square foot restaurant is unique because it offers the only true smoker in Charlotte. This is because the space did not have the option to utilize an electric or gas backup to prepare their meat. Therefore, a smokehouse was created—reminiscent of the old school, backcountry roadside barbeque haunts that helped make Carolina-style BBQ famous. For those curious about the smoking process, a blend of Peach, Pecan, and Hickory wood is used for the smoking fires. The staff at Sweet Lew's claim that this is the basis for their award-winning recipes. They playfully celebrate the motto, "Keep it simple stupid," by keeping the menu consistent, but always slowly and thoughtfully prepared. Guests who decide to stop by will find a great selection of daily smoked meats and five traditionally made, Southern-style sides. Sweet Lew's is truly one of Charlotte's best picks for authentic, Carolina-inspired BBQ. Cover image via Pixabay.