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Good Eats: Road Hog’s BBQ. The “New BBQ Shrine” of White Sulphur Springs

The BBQ Shrine of White Sulphur Springs!

Now that Bone’s Diner and Wah Gwaan Diner are closed (RIP!), Road Hog’s Barbeque has taken its place as the new BBQ shrine of White Sulphur Springs. Just weeks since opening, this hot-out-of-the-gate joint has jammed with folks diving into steak and cheese made the “hog” way, Big D Burgers, and pulled pork sandwiches. The establishment’s back area has been revamped into a 4-season porch and kept toasty with ceiling gas heaters. There’s also 4 mounted TVs and good tunes playing on the speakers. In the warmer months, the plexiglass windows will be removed and the porch will transform into an open-air fun zone for folks of all ages. The long-term goal of Road Hog’s is to become the center of music, events, festivals, and great food. This is a first phase of a large expansion plan for the town. In the coming months, this crew will unveil a brewery, outfitter, wine bar, and more. Learn more about this establishment with our Q&A:

What inspired Rod Hog’s BBQ in downtown WSS?

We have always wanted to see White Sulphur Springs flourish. After the 2016 flood, it seemed like rebirth might never come for this town we love so much. Then, a new energy of revitalizations began to emerge and we knew it was time to strike, time to really invest. That and the lack of a good BBQ restaurant within an hour of here were the two motivators that led to Road Hog’s BBQ. It was the perfect opportunity at just the right time.

How did you come up with the name?

Road Hog refers to an old Statler Brothers skit they performed as Lester “Roadhog” Moran and the Cadillac Cowboys. The Statler Brothers were a country music group popular in the 70s and 80s. Beyond their musical talent, they were also very funny.

The owners

  • David Bostic & Clay Elkins, partners & owners
  • Caleb Arwood – Pitmaster
  • Cody Steele – 2nd in command

We also have a great front-of-house and kitchen support team that keeps it all running.

David Bostic worked in just about every food and beverage position and finally in the conference services department at The Greenbrier before leaving to work for a large hospitality company in VA overseeing operations from diners to University dining. He came home to White Sulphur Springs, purchased Resort Home Services and subsequently started numerous other ventures. David is committed to the revitalization of his hometown.

Clay Elkins is the Director of Food and Beverage at the Greenbrier Sporting Club and recently opened The Local Café and Grocer in Lewisburg. Clay is the quintessential food and wine guy who strives to deliver an authentic and excellent restaurant experience.

Will you offer online ordering?

Yes, online ordering is in the works. The website will be live any day now at RoadHogsBBQ.com

Do you sell spirits?

Wine, domestic and craft beers and spiked seltzers. We’re not sure if a spiked seltzer is a wine or a beer, but it’s good!

Can patrons reserve the restaurant for private parties/events?

Heck, yeah. Party is our middle name.

What is your capacity?

Our mental capacity isn’t too impressive, but the restaurant capacity is about 30. We’re also happy to come to you for catering events.

How has the local response been since opening on December 6?

It has been like the Second Coming of Sweet Baby Jesus. Can you print that? In all seriousness, we have been overwhelmed by the response. The food is just plain good, but, also, this community is amazing and has really gotten behind us.

What is the most popular menu item?

It’s tough to narrow it down, but a few favorites are the Hog Wings, Pork Rind Nachos (We make our own pork rinds in-house) and the Hawg Dog. It’s a hot dog with pulled pork. Really, though, the meats are unbeatable. We smoke everything onsite with locally sourced hickory.

Do you offer catering services?

Yes, we love to cater events. It’s how we take our jokes on the road and test the good ones. We’re pretty confident about our food. Our jokes are an acquired taste.

For delicous ribs, brisket, and all things smoked, check out Road Hog’s BBQ. Don’t forget to enter to WIN lunch for 2! See page 3. They are located at 687 E. Main Street and hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 11a-9p. For more information, visit roadhogsbbq.com and follow them @roadhogsbarbeque

Hashtag #121. January 2020.

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