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White Swan Barbecue INC

3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577-9437
+1 919-934-8913
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“cole slaw” (11 reviews)
“hush puppies” (51 reviews)
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3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577-9437
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

out of everything you tried to order then what you settle for was not even good. Service not great either so it will not be a place we return to in the future.

Thank Lisa K
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Sorry you had a bad experience at our restaurant.

Reviewed 17 March 2017

If you like authentic Eastern North Carolina style barbecue and Southern fried chicken, the White Swan needs to be at the top of your barbecue bucket list! The White Swan is not one of the new trendy, barbecue restaurants working to make a name for...More

Thank charliespr
Reviewed 9 March 2017

If you want to feast on the best North Carolina style BBQ that there is, go to the White Swan. This "Old Geezer" and his Wife last ate there in 2015, while staying the night in Smithfield. We again were staying the night in Smithfield...More

Thank Old_Geezer2013
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

I love this sort of barbecue place: unpretentious, more about meat than fancy descriptions or creative ingredients. We made a first but not last visit while passing through the area. We tried plates of both eastern NC style pork and fried chicken, with slaw and...More

WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

Very glad that you enjoyed your visit! We love hearing from our customers and look forward to seeing y'all when you stop back by!

Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Stopped for lunch on the way to Florida. Found this place via the BBQ trail. It's a bit off 95 but worth the few extra minutes. Before we even ordered, the waitress brought out a tray of a dozen hot hush puppies- fantastic! We had...More

Thank TIC09
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit! We love hearing from our customers, and look forward to seeing you next trip through!

Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

If you want the best barbecue and chicken ever, stop by this restaurant. They also serve ribs and seafood. There are daily specials and great ice tea.

Thank Travelgirl1X
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2016

Glad you enjoyed your visit, look forward to seeing you again when you stop through~

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Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Staying nearby for a few days and discovered White Swan. Have tried many other Q places in our travels but this is some of the best I have tasted! Everything was good, from the crispy-soft hush puppies to a great Brunswick Stew with just the...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2016

So glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for the kind words, we love hearing from our customers.

Reviewed 24 October 2016

We picked up our dinner to-go and brought it back to our RV.   We got the pulled pork/chicken combo and the rib platter with sides.  We chose the Fries, Brunswick stew, Green Beans and slaw.  The pulled pork was very good and the ribs...More

Thank 2RVers
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We both had a pork/shrimp combo plate. The servings were large+, the fries were not greasy and the cole slaw is typical chopped southern style slaw. The pork had some smoke flavor and is finely chopped. The Carolina BBQ sauce was to kill for. There...More

Thank Mark T
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

You know you have found an authentic spot when its a hole in the wall brick building and older southern men sitting at a table having a "meeting of minds" I couldbhave spent all day in hear just listening to them talk!! Reminds me of...More

Thank VRichardson780
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

Next time you stop in grab a seat at the round table, you will enjoy the lively conversations, and good food! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Live very far away had your barbecue years ago can still taste that vinegar and red pepper flakes sauce do you sell bottles of it ? How much and do you mail? Please let me know
12 May 2016|
Response from WhiteSwanBBQ | Property representative |
We do sell our sauce, and ship our bbq. You may contact me at our email address the sauce comes in pints, quarts and gallons
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 17:00
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 19:30
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
10:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577-9437
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Smithfield
  • Phone Number: +1 919-934-8913
  • E-mail
White Swan Bar-B-Q features award winning genuine Eastern North Carolina pork barbecue. Made from a 50 year old secret recipe, White Swan Bar-B-Que has been voted one of the top 25 Bar-B-Qs in the SouthEast. Eastern North Carolina Bar-B-Q is unlike any other in the world. It's a taste that you must experience. Our Bar-B-Q is made with a vinegar and spice sauce which enhances the smoked flavor of the fresh pork. The pork is slowly cooked in a covered cooker which holds in the smoked flavor. The meat is then chopped, ready to eat. Great on sandwiches in a hamburger bun with cold slaw or buy itself, there is no other Bar-B-Q like it. Platter items include the best Pork Bar-B-Q, Fried Chicken, Fried Shrimp, and other Side dishes! Try the Brunswick stew, boiled potatoes, cole slaw, french fries, and fried pork skins. And of course, a basket of the White Swan's celebrated hushpuppies are served with each platter. Private dining facilities for groups of up to 50 people are available. Also Catering is available to you and your guest with a variety of items. Six locations to serve you.
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