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White Swan Barbecue INC

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3198 S Brightleaf Blvd, Smithfield, Smithfield, NC 27577-9437
+1 919-934-8913
10:30 - 20:00
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Sun 10:30 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:30 - 19:30
Thu - Sat 10:30 - 20:00
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160 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
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 itself or to win awards or to be on TV. They have already proven themselves... More 

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Niles, Mi
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130 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
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 and there was only one place to have supper and it was at the White... More 

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529 reviews
314 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
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 collard greens on both plates, washing down all with (sweet) tea. Hush puppies and slaw... More 

WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

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! More 

North, VA
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258 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
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 the old timers special, a scoop of BBQ and a scoop of coleslaw. The size... More 

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WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

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

Clayton, New York
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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.

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WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

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

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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 right touches of hot and sweet. We had the pulled Q and there is extra... More 

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WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

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

West Chester, Pennsylvania
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203 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
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 were fall-off the bone tender and not over-done.  Fried Chicken was crispy and tasty. The... More 

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Benson, Arizona, United States
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196 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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 are fancier places, but this place was fast good and the people friendly.

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 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 a place back home! Next time instead of to go I will definitely have a... More 

Thank VRichardson780
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

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! More 

Hanover, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

small little restaurant adjacent to a small slum motel and across the street from a interesting mobile home park.... it has it all... kind of scary, but the food was good... go when it is daylight.....

Thank workamperdoner
WhiteSwanBBQ, Owner at White Swan Barbecue INC, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the food at our restaurant! I hope you didn't have a problem with any of the residents of our motel, they tend to not cause any problems. As for the trailer park across from us, although it is not ours, we have never had any problems with the residents. Again I do apologize if you felt your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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
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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