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  • 11/23/2020

    Tips for outdoor grilling in the winter

    “There is something special about cold weather grilling,” said Spencer Brantley, owner of Wilson County Barbecue in Portland. “It has a sense of adventure combined with a tinge of naughtiness akin to eating breakfast for dinner.”

  • 10/25/2020

    Dine In/Out Maine: An East End recharge

    Pulling out of Fork’s parking lot, I head down to Kennebec Street, past Wilson County Barbecue, a restaurant whose crisp cornmeal hush puppies ($7) and vinegary North Carolina-style pulled pork ($18) always bring to mind languorous summertime block parties, no matter the weather.

  • 09/09/2020


    Near Bayside Bowl, Wilson County Barbecue in Portland has barbecue southern style. Opened about a year, Wilson County Barbecue has pit-smoked, whole hog barbecue done the old-fashioned way. It's run by native North Carolinian Spencer Brantley and he uses recipes that have been handed down generations. Yes, the Brantley clan is from Wilson County, North Carolina.

  • 02/10/2020

    Wilson County puts the bar in barbecue

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t expect a barbecue place to have a specialty cocktail menu. When it does, however, and the first “specialty cocktail” listed is “Maker’s Mark, splash of water,” I immediately feel right at home.

  • 02/04/2020

    The 10 Hottest Restaurants in Maine Right Now

    Portland’s barbecued meat scene grows more diverse with the addition of Wilson County Barbecue. With a menu of pork, chicken, and seafood prepared using North Carolina-style techniques and sauces, this West Bayside barbecue joint occupies the refurbished Portland Public Works building, joining nearby Bayside Bowl and Coals. Traditional Southern sides like hushpuppies, pimento cheese, and buttermilk biscuits round out the experience.

We are OPEN for indoor and outdoor dining as well as take-out and delivery via 2DineIn. We offer large quantities of our menu items! See our "Family Style Menu" under the Menus tab on our Online Ordering page. Our hours: Sunday-Thursday 12:00pm-9:00pm, Friday-Saturday 12:00pm-11:00pm [kitchen open until 10:00pm]. We’re doing everything we can to keep our guests and staff safe and are following the Maine CDC approved COVID-19 Prevention Checklists and are following all State Executive Orders. We look forward to "meating" you!