BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – This edition of the Restaurant Road Trip takes us to Upshur County, to a brand new restaurant that provides hometown barbeque – Oink’s BBQ.
Nestled just off the main street in downtown Buckhannon, Oink’s BBQ is new to its restaurant scene. In the building formerly occupied by Miss Piggies, Cindi Alkire opened Oink’s in January, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been very challenging; there’s been a lot of things that you have to adapt to,” said Alkire. “You know, as guidelines and stuff that we have to follow. But it’s been okay.”
That hasn’t stopped Alkire and company; the small business with a handful of employees has been able to quickly become a favorite among locals, especially during lunch hours. Oink’s offers dine-in, carryout, and curbside delivery options, while its menu consists of traditional barbeque favorites.
“We sell a lot of pulled pork, and then we also sell a lot of our trough, which is the loaded nachos; we sell a ton of those,” Alkire said. “That seems to be the two biggest sellers.”
The trough is a loaded nachos with nacho chips, cheese, pork, lettuce, jalapenos, sour cream, and barbecue sauce. Speaking of barbecue sauce, Oink’s offers three homemade sauces. Sweet barbecue, hot barbecue, and a mustard-based barbecue sauce. As for the name Oink’s, Alkire says this comes as an inspiration close to home.
“Actually that was picked by my boyfriend’s son, he picked our name,” said Alkire.
Oink’s BBQ is open Monday through Saturday. You can view their menu and learn more about them on their Facebook page.