Serving up the Barbecue at one of the finest places to eat in Brevard. Hawg Wild Barbecue is located on US Highway 276 (Pisgah Highway)in Pisgah Forest, NC. Just 100 yards from the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest Hawg Wild Barbecue restaurant as been Transylvania County's #1 choice for barbecue since 1997. Serving it up to the local patrons, campers, hikers, bikers, visitors and tourist from all parts of the world.
It all began for Don Brown, a Brevard native in the 1980s. Don went into the Air Force and every Friday he worked on a tobacco farm. Every Friday, there was a man, Mr. Davis, that cooked barbecue behind his house in Pikeville. So every Friday, everyone would go eat barbecue, in fact everybody would get all excited about it. Don says "I didn't know what the big deal was," about his first experience with the lip smacking cuisine. "I didn't even eat the first day. I think I ate part of the chicken and threw the pork away. But the next Friday came around and we went back to Mr. Davis's house, and I ate a litte bit more. In a couple of weeks, come 11:30, my mouth would began watering. I was like 'boys, lets go early so we can get ahead of the line.' It was eastern North carolina- style barbecue. I loved it."
After discovering what would later become his career, Don sampled many others types of barbecue in the eastern part of the state every Sunday. He was also influenced by Randy McCall who owns barbecue restaurants in Goldsboro, Morehead City, and Jacksonville.
Hawg Wild initially opened in December of 1997. But on July 7, 2001, a late-night fire literally brought Hawg Wild to its knees. Looking back on the devastating incident, Don says it was actually a blessing in disguise. "Every burden that was on me was lifted and gone. There are so many blessings that came from that fire. Our family has spent more time together, all of us." Although the rebuilding effort was exhausting. As far as restarting, its exciting, but difficult. Putting in countless amounts of hours. The final result of the new Hawg Wild, Don says "I love it."
The new Hawg Wild Barbecue restaurant in one of Western North Carolina's most beautiful areas has implemented booths with privacy walls to create the desired effect. Hawg Wild can hold a total 130 guests at a time, with 92 guests in the main dining area and about 40 in an enclosed banquet room.