Tom and I continue to search for good barbecue when we are in the south. Barbecue is so regionally oriented that our favorite barbecue spots are still in Ohio. But we continue to be hopeful. We asked around here on St. Simons, and people said the best barbecue in the area is at the Copper Pig in Brunswick. So we headed to the Copper Pig with another volunteer couple on Saturday night.
The Copper Pig is located on the main shopping drag in Brunswick. There are chain restaurants all around that area. But the Copper Pig is not a chain. It is definitely one of a kind! For one thing, it has an alligator in a concrete pond outside. You can buy hot dogs, put them on a fishing pole, and feed them to the alligator.
Another thing that makes the Copper Pig unique is the store attached to it. To get to the restaurant you have to walk through a farmer’s market type store. They sell meat and produce and it smells a little like a butcher shop. We didn’t recognize half the produce on the tables!
The restaurant itself felt less unique than the farmer’s market and alligator pond. Tom ordered the classic barbecue and slaw sandwich. It was tasty and the pulled pork was moist. There was also a selection of sauces so Tom could add the one he wanted. I got the classic crushed tater: a baked potato crushed and then topped with pulled pork and cheese. My cheese turned out to be a pretty spicy queso so I had to drink lots of iced tea while I ate. The food was good but definitely not the best barbecue ever.
The Copper Pig is a good place for barbecue. It has a lot of atmosphere and is definitely different. But with so many restaurants around us to try, I’m not sure we will go there again.