The scent of smoking meat greets you before you even walk in the door — brisket, turkey, ham, pulled pork, ribs and, of course, sausage. “Our sausage is wonderful,” claims owner Tammy Curry. “People usually ask me if we get it at Rudolph’s. I say, ‘No, we can’t afford that.’” Curry, whose “real” job is accounting, opened Hog Wild last July and sold out before closing time the first three days. Neighbors obviously couldn’t get enough of the meat, which is smoked daily with pecan wood. The menu contains all the elements of a good barbecue joint — butter-soaked toast, sweet tea and cobbler (both peach and blackberry) — plus, Curry has added some yummy extras. Beside the traditional baked beans and potato salad, customers can order sides like cinnamon apples and handmade mashed (not whipped) potatoes. She keeps a bathtub filled with bottled drinks, even offering a frosted mug for root beer or floats, and one of her biggest hits is the meat-filled potato. The best one is piled high with chopped beef, shredded cheese, sour cream and bacon bits, and takes either two people or one hearty appetite to polish off. Curry’s location off of Walnut Hill and Audelia is dry, but she invites people to bring in a cooler of beer and kick back on the patio, or visit the restaurant on weekend nights this summer and partake of the complimentary libations.
9660 Audelia, #305
More Finger Lickin’ Barbecue Joints
1 SMACKIN’ WITH SMOKE
Hand-rubbed spices, slow-smoked over real hickory logs — no wonder their ribs are considered fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your-mouth good.
2 COZY CAFETERIA
Not your typical lunch-line fare, hickory smoked link sausage is served cafeteria-style with daily changing sides such as jalapeño beans and old-fashioned potato salad.
Raymond’s Bar-B-Que Cafeteria
3 YOU SAY POTATO
Order any meat you desire, but don’t miss the warm potato salad. It’s worth a double helping.
Red Hot & Blue
9810 N Central Expressway
4 HIT THIS SPOT
Owned by Lakewood residents, this eatery attracts long lines at lunchtime, but the cafeteria-style self-serve and ample seating make for happy customers.
5 GET THE BLUES
Check out this hole-in-the-wall spot on a Sunday night to enjoy a blues band while you chomp down on a whole juicy chicken.
The Original Porkie’s Bar BQ
6530 E. Northwest Hwy.
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