A twice-a-week ‘family’ feast at Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland

Smoked pork ribs with house made sauce, pulled pork and cole slaw at Southern Smoke BBQ in Garland. Robert Willett

If you had to sum up Southern Smoke BBQ in one word, it probably would be “family.”

That word comes up when owners Matthew and Jessica Register talk about their culinary inspirations. He calls his late grandmother “the epitome of a Southern cook,” while her great-grandfather was known for his barbecue business in Sanford.

It’s there in the crew working the lunch shift – Matthew’s mother and father can often be found running the cash register and serving up plates, alongside college students who have worked with the Registers so long that they call Matthew “Dad.”

And it’s especially there in the reception that customers get when the front door opens for business promptly at 11:30 a.m. Whether you’ve just come down the street to pick up a to-go barbecue sandwich or you’ve driven for two hours for a special lunchtime feast of ribs, chicken and copious sides, the Registers want to make sure you’re treated just like a favorite relative coming to Sunday dinner.

“I want you to feel like you’re family and you’re welcome,” Matthew Register said. “I have to honor every customer.”

And just like a big family dinner at Grandma’s house, you’ll want to come early to make sure you don’t get left out.

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A Southern Smoke BBQ employee prepares the smoked pulled pork. // Robert Willett

If you go

Southern Smoke BBQ, 28 Warren St., Garland. (About an hour and a half from Raleigh.) 910-549-7484. Hours: 11:30 a.m. until food runs out Thursday and Friday. southernsmokebbqnc.com

On the menu

  • Barbecue sandwich: $4
  • Barbecue tray with 1 side, cornbread and drink: $6
  • Three smoked pork rib combo with 2 sides, cornbread and drink: $7.50
  • Half rack of ribs: $9
  • Sides vary by season, but may include baked beans, macaroni and cheese, slaw, creamed corn, potato salad: $1
  • Fried chicken tray with 1 side, cornbread and drink: $6


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