In the small town of Maxton, North Carolina straddling the county lines of Scotland and Robeson you’ll find the Rocking Pig BBQ & Bakery. As the long-time dream of Maxton native John Brooks, the Rocking Pig offers such services as a restaurant, bakery, and catering company. I visited with John and asked for him to share his story of how Rocking Pig BBQ & Bakery came to be. John shared that it all started from his days competing in BBQ contests where he was rather successful as well as some small catering he did out of his home. He always wanted to start a small restaurant business and one day when asked by a friend why he hadn’t the answer became clear when the friend asked “Are you afraid you’ll fail”? As John looked for opportunities and funding he was told that 95% of restaurants will fail and he has seen the proof in those numbers as doors to Maxton area restaurants close shortly after opening. Luckily John and his wife Melissa were not deterred answering the question “What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?” by pushing on to open the Rocking Pig two and a half years ago.
Delicious bar-b-que is just the start of the menu you’ll find during lunch Monday through Saturday or dinner Friday and Saturday (see the restaurant’s Facebook page for exact hours). Homemade sides and sweet treats from the bakery are available daily along with a daily blue plate special which attracts a large clientele from the nearby industrial work forces. The cakes and other baked goods coming from the bakery can be purchased by the slice along with a meal or ordered whole ahead of time to take home to share.
In addition to the daily menu offerings, Rocking Pig also offers catering and special events at the restaurant. For two years now, there have been special reservation only dinners during the New Year’s and Valentine’s Day holidays. John shares that the New Year’s Eve dinner this week had two seatings which were both sold out. He is currently planning for a special oyster roost event using the same reservation design.
If you are in the Scotland and Robeson County areas you should definitely take the short drive over to Maxton to enjoy some fantastic BBQ and other treats. If you are traveling through North Carolina on US 74 you’ll find the restaurant is located just a few short blocks from exit 191. If you are traveling on I-95 through North Carolina you can reach the restaurant by taking a short 19 mile drive on US 74 from I-95 exit 13B. We hope you can come by and visit with John and the rest of the Brooks family while enjoy some of the most delicious good eats around.
Happy homesteading and God bless!