Friday, September 16, 2016

Morgantown Edition: Woodburn Shanks

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