The Barbecue Center is the oldest barbecue establishment in downtown Lexington that still cooks on pits. It has been featured in Southern Living magazine, on the TV show “Good Morning America” and in any number of newspapers.
The Center separates its light and dark meat for slicing. Some people want extra outside brown, some want white, some want extra fat and some want no fat. The barbecue is served custom-made to the customer’s order.
The chopped barbecue is moist, tender, medium chopped, tomatoey and peppery. It’s generously sauced in the kitchen with a hint of vinegar and a hint of sugar. It’s tasty - slightly tangy, not too tart. It has a good finish with no heavy aftertaste. The coarse chopped barbecue is very, very tender with a good, smoky flavor. It holds hands nicely with the dip. The sliced barbecue is very tender with a great smoky flavor and outside brown. This is the ticket. The chopped barbecue with the red slaw, which is slightly tart (ketchup, vinegar, pepper, salt, sugar and crisp cabbage) works well together. The slaw does not fight or overwhelm the flavor of the meat.
The light brown, vinegar-base sauce is comprised of ketchup, pepper, salt, water and hot peppers. It’s very tangy alone but calms down on the meat.What people are saying about Barbecue Center :
"Excellent food and the staff was great! The barbecue was fantastic and I really, really liked the hushpuppies. If you love banana pudding, make sure you get some (really full of wafers and custard). It was just like my mom used to make! "
"My family's favorite spot for BBQ in Lexington, though there are plenty of other places around to give them a run for their money. Great selection, excellent BBQ. Gotta try the famous banana split and car-side service! Make it a family outing!"
"This Texas BBQ fanatic fell in love with this little place. For Carolina BBQ this is a great place to visit and have a meal. Owner and service staff were really nice and eager to please. They made good recommendations and the food came out quickly."
"Barbecue Center is a Lexington institution. The tube shaped hush puppies were addicting. The sliced plate was more of a pulled slab of pork very moist and from the dark muscle of the butt roast. DELICIOUS let me tell you, I cant wait to make it back."
"The Barbecue Center takes your order promptly and the hot food flies out of the kitchen. So much to eat that no one leaves hungry. The Barbecue is moist and delicious full of Hickory Smokey Flavor. If you try this place once you will be hooked."
"Not a fancy restaurant but the barbecue is great. I had the pulled pork and chicken and it melted in my mouth. The White Cole slaw is delicious and all meals are served with Hushpuppies, yum!"
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