Some one mentioned to me that I needed to make it over to McKoy's Smokehouse & Saloon on Old Pineville and Woodlawn Roads in South Charlotte. I showed up at the door with no expectations, but the smell of expertly prepared BBQ beckoned me inward. I was lucky enough to meet the two brother/owners and was glad I did. Ryan & Jim made us feel right and home, and made me want a nap due to food coma instead of making my next meeting. I asked Ryan about the specialty of the house in between his constant roaming of the dining room in search of patrons to connect with, his response read more like a verbatim play by play of the menu.
As I mentioned, Ryan considers everything his Brother whips up from scratch in the kitchen a specialty so he proceeded to bring one of everything to our table. Why not start with home made chips, salsa and queso. Ryan went to lengths to explain that this was not the normal presentation of the chips, but he was in a hurry and determined to not let us leave hungry.
Next up was the ultimate sampler
The wings were grilled and terrific, the mac and cheese tasted like home cooking that would make Mom proud, the BBQ tasted of careful preparation and guarded rub recipe and the greens tasted like they came from a soul food joint. The real stand out however was the chicken salad? I know, weird but the smokey flavor was so unique that I could have easily made it my whole meal like my Brother did... I did nothing of the sort.
I could not resist the BBQ half chicken. This is my usual watermark for BBQ restaurants when I am not enjoying the other white meat. McKoy's was as juicy and full of flavor as you could ask for. Not only did the chicken meet expectations, the fried squash reminded me of the Ole Smokehouse on Montford before it closed (High praise believe me) and the mushrooms could have been accompanying a filet at Sullivan's.
Ryan made me promise that I would try the ribs next time I came and claims them to be yet another house specialty. If they are anything like the rest of the specialties we tried, they will not disappoint. We were not able to get away before trying Mom's home made coconut pie. I could hardly force the first bite down and then to my dismay proceeded to lick the plate clean. I was not proud of myself.
This place should be on your radar immediately. If you prefer two wheels, they are starting bike nights in April.