When you’re in the south, you have to chow down on big plates of homestyle BBQ, and Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue doesn’t disappoint southern food fans, thanks to a hefty menu that’s loaded with all the staples. Featuring a convenient location close to the UNCW campus, and an inviting interior with wood-lined walls and high tables, this barbecue joint is a good place to start for a full introduction to southern cuisine.

The menu is simple but traditional, with a full realm of lunch and dinner-sized barbecue favorites that are accompanied with traditional southern sides. Diners can dive into big helpings of barbecue pork, barbecue ribs, fried chicken, and pork chops, or more unusual but nevertheless classic southern dishes like chicken and pastry and Brunswick stew. The vegetable sides change regularly, but include southern standards like collards, black eyed peas, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato salad, and fried okra, as well as sweeter selections like peaches and candied yams. Take-out is also available for at-home feasts and party-sized meals, and a host of desserts, like cobblers and banana pudding, have a starring role on the menu as well.

Served with a smile and a glass of sweet tea, Jackson’s Big Oak Barbecue will make patrons appreciate the simple joys of down home, southern cooking.

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