Chuck's Bar B Que Incorporated

Cuisine: Barbecue, Kosher, Cafe

Chuck's Bar B Que Incorporated is a Barbecue, Kosher, and Cafe restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid less than $10, and tipped more than 18%.

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"Great food at great prices!"
"Service was awful. Not the first time; miss the old Chucks. Staff looked and acted like they were in never land. The atmosphere made me feel less than safe. Been going there since I can care to mention but will not be back!!"
"Not a huge fan of mustard based BBQ sauce but food is delicious. Best potato salad ever."
"BBQ is great"
"Fast great food"
"Decent quality food, but the blond older bartender the rudest I've ever seen. Not even a smile or thank you for the under-deserved 22% tip. "
"Fast, friendly, DELICIOUS!!!"
"Small building and long lines, but that is because the food is so good. "
"Ribs and sandwiches good. Chicken sometimes dry. Plates have way to much hard cooked end meat"
"Slow rude inattentive service"
"Location and environment are not so great. "
"Not the most attractive decor but food us worth standing inline."
"On Saturdays, sandwiches are buy 1, get 2"
"It's worth it."
  • 12/02/2017

    A Barbecue chowhound from Auburn, AL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 11/09/2017

    A Barbecue chowhound from Opelika, AL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 11/09/2017

    A Barbecue food lover from Opelika, AL tried it.

  • 10/31/2017

    A dining patron from Dallas, GA tried it and liked it. They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 10/22/2017

    A Barbecue chowhound from Montgomery, AL tried it.

  • 10/07/2017

    A Barbecue chowhound from Alexander City, AL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 9/02/2017

    A dining patron from US tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 9/02/2017

    A diner from Austin, TX tried it.

  • 5/20/2017

    A dining patron from US tried it and liked it.

  • 12/28/2016

    A Barbecue chowhound from Lutz, FL tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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Review: Chuck’s Bar-B-Que, Opelika, Alabama

Auburn, Alabama, home of Auburn University, has a population of 42,987. But that number swells to over 130,000 on Saturdays in the fall when the Auburn Tigers hit the gridiron. Legend has it that a crowd exceeding 200,000 was on hand for Auburn’s game with the University of Georgia in 2004. Football is a religion in the South, and Alabama is its holy land. The Auburn Tigers are undeniably the best team in the state and are arguably the best team in the nation’s best conference. The phrase “game day” is a bit misleading in this small college town as the RV’s begin showing up at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Why 5 p.m. on Thursdays? Because they aren’t allowed in any sooner.

For many, a trip to Auburn for the big game is not complete without a visit to Chuck’s Bar-B-Que in the neighboring town of Opelika. The central Georgia/Alabama area has a barbecue style that is distinct to this region. It originated in the 50’s at a place in Columbus, GA called Smokey Pig by Buck Ferrell. Buck is the uncle of Chuck’s owner, Chuck Ferrell. Chuck’s Bar-B-Que has become the standard barer for the Smokey Pig style of cue.

So what is unique about this style of barbecue found exclusively in the villages of Auburn, Opelika, and Phoenix City in Alabama and Columbus and LaGrange in Georgia? Well, there is a lot involved. First off, they use a very specific cut of pork called a CT butt. Essentially it is a Boston butt that has had the bone and the fat cap removed. Therefore it is a leaner roast usually weighing between 2½ to 4 pounds.

Secondly, Chuck’s uses a wood fire of oak, hickory, and occasionally pecan rather than the usual bed of coals. This creates a hotter fire so the barbecue is done faster. It is an intense cooking method that requires constant attention. Ferrell prefers to oversee this himself. “I like to cook the product. I have some guys that work for me that can cook it just probably as good as I can. But for some reason, I just don’t think nobody can cook it as good as I can; so if I’m there, that’s what I like to do is cook,” he told The Southern BBQ Trail.

The finished product is a roast that is a little bigger than a softball with a good deal of char on the outside. Chuck’s offers the pork three ways, chopped, chipped, or sliced long ways. The most popular is the chipped (or finely chopped) because of the quality of sandwich it produces. The busiest days of the year are during Auburn home games and it is not unusual for Chuck’s to sell 2,000 chipped pork sandwiches on those days.

The final originality that signifies the Smokey Pig style is the sauce. It is a combination of ketchup, mustard, and cider vinegar with a few spices thrown in. The mustard sauce is used not just on the barbecue but it is also the sauce for their uncommon coleslaw as well which garnishes each sandwich. It even flavors the Brunswick stew which is another house favorite, often topped with a little chopped pork for good measure.

One last bit of business when visiting Chuck’s, it is not uncommon for folks there to greet you with the phrase, “War Eagle.” Don’t ask any questions, just say it back to them and go your way.

Chuck’s Barbecue
905 Short Ave.
Opelika, Alabama
334) 749-4043

The restaurant is just a mile or so off of Interstate 85. The town of Opelika is about 45 minutes east of Montgomery, AL and an hour west of Atlanta, Georgia.

Chipped Pork Sandwich

Tender, smokey, tangy sauce. Everything you could ask for from a BBQ sandwich.

October 8, 2003

Worth the Stop

An excellent BBQ sandwich. Worthy of it's mention in Southern Living's BBQ issue. If you're not from AL, be sure to know what the difference is between chipped and chopped. Oh yeh, ribs are only available Thurs-Sat night.

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