Earlier this year when I was in Texas researching their central style BBQ and beer, my host (and Should I Drink That? superfan, Sunshine) was telling me how it’s not uncommon for people to travel 2-3 hours just to get good barbecue. This sounded ridiculous to me until I thought about all of the beer runs I’ve made for the podcast. It was at this moment I started to notice the similarities between the craft beer and barbecue cultures.
The meats above are from Willie’s Smokehouse. Willie’s is on Route 8 just outside of Harrisville, PA, which is located between Slippery Rock and Grove City. I learned of the smokehouse from regulars at North Country Brewing and figured if I was going to fill growlers of craft beer I might as well see why they were passionate about Willie’s. Now I find myself modifying my trips just to stop in.
It’s not that I can’t find good products locally but once I find a taste I think is remarkable, in this case their brats pictured below, I am willing to drive for it. On a recent trip I was able to chat with the workers about their products and also with a few customers waiting in line with me. The guys took their time explaining the various cuts and processes that go into each type of link while the customers shared the same sentiment – Willie’s cares about knowing their customer and providing the best.
As Yinz Loves BBQ grows I want to discover more places like this in the SWPA area and I want to hear from you! What is your go-to place when you want the best? Leave a comment below or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter.