I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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May 24, 2018 E.H Bar.B.Q. Hut in Rennert
Post by John Rancke
If you are a food snob and prefer table cloths and afternoon tea, don’t go to Rennert, NC. But if you like good food with just a little kick, go today and don’t delay.
From Lumberton NC go North on US 301 past Robeson Community College and past Lakewood estates and past the Veterinary Clinic. At the 1st road to the left take it and follow it to downtown Rennert. You will recognize downtown as there is a convenience store. Turn left, cross the railroad tracks (look out for Amtrak), go about 200 yards and E&H is on the left.
Just park your car wherever you can and enter. It’s rustic and small but Oh So GOOD!!
Map of Rennert NC which is really a crossroads with a post office.
The railroad guys and the LREMC guys love this place. So do I and I don’t wear a hard hat or climb electric poles.
A nondescript building on a rural road is perfect for serving great food.. In Rennert, a town of fewer than 400 residents in Robeson County sits “E.H. Bar.B.Q. Hut” so designated on a faded, decades-old Coca-Cola sign on a whitewashed structure that marked my destination. Although another sign in a window where walk-up customers once were served says, “No Trespassing,” a window closer to the door says, “Open.”.
They cook with wood. Each Tuesday Mr. Emmett McRae cooks approximately 70 lbs of pork BBQ enough to last through the Wednesday-Saturday serving hours.
His daughter Linda, runs the front of the restaurant. The restaurant opened in 1983 and serves customers from the surrounding area as it is way off the busy highways.
Slow-smoked, hand chopped, vinegar base. It’s not cookie cutter BBQ like Parkers Barbecue up in Wilson and Greenville. It’s Boston Butt not whole hog because it’s less greasy. But it is cooked over wood coals. But the pit is not out back. It’s just up the street behind Mr. McRae’s home.
Chicken, fish, chitlins, burgers are on the menu but the attraction is the bbq. They only serve sweet tea. If you want the unsweet stuff go elsewhere.
The building first housed a general store for when the passenger trains stopped in Rennert. It then became a country store and grocery operated by Emmett’s Grandfather and father.
My fellow Coach4aday blogger Dan Kenney wrote about the State of NC deadliest train wreck in Rennert that took place in 1943.
E.H BBQ is a family thing run by the former mayor of Rennert (for 20 years of community service).