Well, it’s time to start our drive home, unfortunately. We’ve had a great time visiting with relatives here in Dothan, and Christmas was wonderful, but I don’t have unlimited vacation, and we have to be home before Saturday, so we’re heading out today.
We got out of Dothan around 9:30 am, and it took about 3.5 hours to get to Zebulon, GA.
Zebulon is a charming little town maybe an hour south of Atlanta, with nice central square at the center of town. That’s where you’ll find The Oink Joint.
It was close to 2 pm by the time we got there, so the place was pretty quiet. It’s a relatively small place, with maybe 10-12 tables, but it smelled great as soon as we walked in. We had seen this place on Diva Q’s BBQ Crawl, and new they looked cool and had some innovative twists on your standard BBQ plate (more on that below).
After placing our order, we looked around the place, which is decorated with some really cool murals, and several of the tables have extremely cool diagrams of the cuts of meat from the various animals on their menu.
The Oink Joint does not just serve your standard pork/brisket/chicken plates (though they do that, too), they take BBQ to the next level, and come up with some creative BBQ combinations. For example, I had the BBQ Reuben, with pulled pork, sauerkraut, thousand island, and swiss cheese on Texas toast. It was delicious, and tasted pretty exactly as you would imagine it would taste – like a pulled pork reuben! The pork was nice a tender, juicy, and smokey, and was complimented very nicely by the sauerkraut and thousand island. In retrospect, though, I think this might be a better sandwich with brisket instead (brisket and corned beef being kissing cousins).
Amy had the Kogi taco – pulled pork, fire and ice cucumbers (some kind of delicious spicy pickle that was awesome), and Korean BBQ sauce. Really delicious, with a balanced combination of savory, sweet, spicy, and crunchy. We also had the BBQ tater tots, which were some of the most awesome bar food you can imagine. Classic tater tots topped with delicious tender pulled pork, cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, and dusted with some of their rub. Super tasty, and I probably could have eaten another whole basket of these.
All in all, this quirky little joint was a lot of fun, with delicious twists on your typical BBQ fare, at reasonable prices and a cool atmosphere. Definitely and winner!