- Courtesy Of Wicked Awesome Bbq
- Chicken at Wicked Awesome BBQ
Already the home of Big Fatty's BBQ, White River Junction will have a new barbecue restaurant by the end of October. Wicked Awesome BBQ will serve New England-style barbecue at 93 Beswick Drive six days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., said chef-owner David McInnis.
The 30-seat restaurant, serving beer and wine, takes the place of a to-go snack shack of the same name that McInnis and his wife, Debby Fennelly, owned and operated in Thetford for about seven years. That incarnation of Wicked Awesome closed on Saturday, McInnis said.
New England-style barbecue is a mix of styles, he said; one involves a dry rub, another a vinegar-based barbecue sauce that is poured on the meat at serving rather than baked on it. Chicken is cooked with maple seasoning, and pork butt is basted with root beer.
The menu will feature smoked meats, combo platters and sandwiches. Meat off the smoker and combos will come with a side dish and corn bread, while sandwiches will be served with a side and a pickle.
Among the sandwiches on the menu is a Farmburger ($16.99) that starts with a Black Angus patty and grows from there: It's topped with pulled pork, apple-smoked bacon, a fried egg, caramelized onion and American cheese. Vegetarians can try a grilled portobello mushroom sandwich ($12.99) with sundried-tomato pesto, grilled zucchini and summer squash.
Side dishes include "loaded" baked beans (kidney beans cooked with pulled pork, bacon, onions and barbecue sauce), creamy coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, homestyle creamed corn, and mashed potatoes.
Prices at Wicked Awesome BBQ will range from $12 to $14 for sandwiches to $30 for a rack of ribs that serves three to four people. The business also operates a seasonal barbecue truck that will resume its rounds in the Upper Valley next spring.