Monday, February 27, 2012

Survivalist Cue — Bunn's Barbecue, Windsor, NC

Bunn's Barbecue cornbread sandwich, Windsor, NC. ( Photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)

Hurricane Ginger struck in 1971. After two-and-a-half decades of calm, Dennis, Floyd, and Irene made 1999 a hurricane-heavy year. Rain-soaker Tropical Storm Nicole fell in 2010. Hurricane Irene landed in August of the year following. All six storms caused the Cashie River in tiny downtown Windsor to overflow its banks, in effect, inundating historic, since 1938, Bunn’s Barbecue each time. As Bunn’s co-owner Randy Russell tells it, “We know all about flooding.”

Following each storm, the Russell family rebuilds Bunn’s. They’ve been blessed with a building—an old filling station—constructed from sturdy heart pine and brimming with character. Fortunately, the Russells also serve up one of North Carolina’s more unique barbecues. The cornbread sandwich fills a half-inch thick square with chopped roast Boston butt and coleslaw. Soak yours in the peppery vinegar hot sauce while thanking the rain gods for sparing Bunn’s this year.


-Rien Fertel/ The Barbecue Bus

-Photography By Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus
Bunn's is housed in an ex-filling station on the main street of Windsor, NC.
Bunn's Barbecue co-owner Randy Russell.

Grace Russell works early in the morning at Bunn's and returns each afternoon so her son can take a lunch break.

Bunn's Barbecue offers more than just chopped pork, "chicken pastry" plate is served on Thursdays.


Bunn's Barbecue
127 N. King Street
Windsor, NC 27983

(252) 794-2274

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Tues 9 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 9 am - 2 pm
Thurs- Fri 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 2 pm
Closed Sunday

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