Morgantown Edition: Woodburn Shanks

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Woodburn ShanksWoodburn Shanks, one of Morgantown's first BBQ restaurants before the sudden surge, recently moved locations. Previously, it was located in the Mountaineer Mall, but it is now in a standalone location in Sabraton along Earl L Core Road. When I've tried their food before, I was a fan.

Woodburn ShanksThey don't have much signage up yet, but there are big, empty spaces for them. A light stencil on the side of the white wall looks like it will bear their logo.

Woodburn ShanksWell, we parked along the side and walked in through the front door. A short counter displayed four different sauces, menus and, at the end, the cash register to place your order. A few sandwiches, platters, sides and bulk meats are available.

Woodburn ShanksSo, I went with my standard unit of measurement for a BBQ restaurant: a pulled pork sandwich. I upgraded to the combo, which included a side (I went with jambalaya) and a drink. I got samples of each of the sauces to try. Paid my $10 and headed outside with my bounty to sit at one of the concrete tables.

The pulled pork is missing the "pulled" part, but it was moist and flavorful. I tried each of the sauces, ultimately settling on the original and the spicy. Despite the lack of "pulling," I actually quite liked this. The side of jambalaya was good, too, with lots of bits of tomato and chicken and veggies in there. There was a little piece of hair, but I'm not sure if it was mine or theirs.

I think Kansas City style is my favorite kind of BBQ, and I think Woodburn Shanks does a decent job. I think there is a lot more competition in the area, and I would love some mac & cheese as a side (pleaseeee). But overall, pretty good.

Grade: B
Woodburn Shanks Pit Style BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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