Tom McKiver/The Mirror

The greatest tragedy of my life at Fairfield University is that Wilson’s BBQ, located at 1851 Post Road, is only open Thursday through Sunday.

Wilson’s brings authentic barbecue cuisine to Fairfield County and does not fail to impress with its variety of barbecue classics including Texas-Style Brisket and Sausage, Memphis and St. Louis Ribs, Pulled Pork and some of the best hot wings I’ve ever had.

Wilson’s BBQ has a lot to be proud of; it has been featured on two different Food Network shows—“Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” and “Guy’s Big Bite”,— its sauces have been entered into competitions (one even winning a national award) and its pit boss, Ed Wilson, was a member of a national championship barbecue team and has also served as a judge for other barbecue competitions.

The menu reads like a barbecue road map: St. Louis and Memphis Ribs, Texas-Style Brisket and Sausage, Eastern Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich. All of the meats are dry rubbed and smoked to perfection. Food can be ordered in two or three meat platters, which comes with cornbread and two or more side dishes like mac n’ cheese, baked beans and mashed sweet potatoes.

Tim Bobbitt, manager of Wilson’s and employee of six years, gave a few recommendations for customers: “Usually when someone walks in here and asks what I recommend, I either say the Pulled Pork Sandwich or the Brisket Sandwich. And for the ribs I’d say St. Louis because it has fat on it and gives it a little more flavor.”

The St. Louis Ribs that I ordered, upon Tim’s recommendation, was a beautiful pink on the inside, a sign of true slow cooking, and had a rich smoky flavor.

The Hot Wings at Wilson’s, for which I am a huge advocate, could possibly be the best I’ve ever had. Unlike normal Buffalo Wings, these wings are smoked first then fried before serving. Throwing the wings in the fryer gives the skin a nice crisp texture, but without ruining the meat, and the hot sauce is just the right kind of spicy that makes you sweat a little bit.

Another signature dish of Wilson’s is the Eastern Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich. Served with coleslaw on top of the pulled pork and covered in the award-winning Eastern Carolina sauce, this sandwich will definitely satisfy your barbecue cravings.

This is a favorite spot for me and my friends and trips here usually end in an argument over who gets the last wing or rib.

I highly recommend this to any BBQ lover, hot wings connoisseur, or anyone in general. This is the perfect place to experience great barbecue food here in the north or to pick up a large order of Hot Wings to snack on while watching a game.

Also, a little tip for those who want to get the freshest food, call ahead and ask when they will be taking the meat out of the smoker.

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