10 Questions about Sticky Fingers
1. Tell us about Sticky Fingers.
Started by three friends who had little money and even less restaurant experience, Sticky Fingers Smokehouse announces a milestone 20th year anniversary as it begins celebrations in its 16 locations in the Carolinas, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
The first location, opened in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina in 1992, remains the flagship store for Sticky Fingers. That’s where the five barbecue sauces – Memphis Original, Carolina Classic, Tennessee Whiskey, Carolina Sweet and Habañero Hot – came to life. The sweet smell of hickory wood permeates through each restaurant as all of the smoked meats are still slow cooked on-site in barbecue pits and watched closely by our resident pit masters. It is that continued commitment to tradition and authenticity that makes our restaurants and signature barbecue sauces so popular.
2. What makes Sticky Fingers special?
Recognized for serving some of the best hickory-smoked Memphis-style barbecue and ribs in the Southeast and creating award-winning barbecue sauce sold in 5,000 retail locations across the country, Sticky Fingers has enhanced its menu and will offer specials for its customers on the 20th day of the month throughout the year in honor of our 20th anniversary.
In the words of Robert Patterson, our Operating Partner from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina: “It’s our customers who have made this 20-year milestone possible. It’s amazing to have people who are as passionate about Sticky Fingers as we are. We remain true to our original founders’ ideals of great customer service, reasonable prices and having a passion for ‘fall-off-the-bone delicious’ ribs, pulled pork barbecue and chicken.”
At Sticky Fingers you will enjoy a casual dining environment with family, friends, and kids while getting sticky and having fun, or hang out at our fully stocked bar with signature cocktails and a wide selection of beer and wine while watching the big game on one of the many widescreen TV's. Get Sticky. Have Fun!
3. What sort of food do you serve?
Our menu is quite extensive, including award-winning ribs, authentic Memphis-style, slow-smoked barbecue, wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, seafood and homemade Southern Sides. Sticky Fingers Kids Menu choices include: hot dogs, chicken fingers, barbecue sandwiches, chicken wings, hamburgers, ribs, macaroni & cheese, apple slices and fresh veggies.
This year over 20 new items have been added to the Sticky Fingers menu, offering more deluxe burgers including the ‘Seriously Sticky Burger’, a variety of new vegetable choices and several new desserts. For the first time, seafood entree selections of catfish and shrimp are new to the expanded menu. Guests can enjoy stand-alone seafood items or pair them with the Sticky Fingers’ famous ribs or served high as a southern favorite, Catfish Po Boy.
The revised menu also reflects the tradition the founders had of offering the very best selection of made-from-scratch menu items using only the highest quality ingredients. Our chefs whip up menu items by hand and prepare them daily, in-house at each location.
4. What are your top 3 recommendations for someone new to Sticky Fingers?
1. Sticky Fingers Award-winning Ribs.
2. Sticky Fingers Authentic Memphis-style Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken Sandwich.
3. Sticky Fingers Chicken Wings: Choose from Smoked-N-Seasoned; Grilled-N-Rubbed; Habanéro Hot or Carolina Classic.
5. What can you recommend to someone looking for something a little different?
Our catfish platter makes for a great change. We also have plenty of interesting Southern vegetable sides, ranging from seasoned collards to sweet potato casserole and fried corn on the cob.
6. What's your most popular dish?
Sticky Fingers Award-winning, ‘fall-off-the-bone’ delicious Ribs.
7. What exactly is Memphis-style barbecue and how is it different from other barbecue styles?
Memphis-style Barbecue is cooked at a low-temperature, and with a slow-smoked dry (without any sauce) process that enhances the natural flavor of the meat. Since the pork is smoked without sauce the high quality of the meat is the most important ingredient. The meat is cooked in a smoker and although thoroughly cooked, is pink in color. It is tenderly hand-pulled (not chopped).
Other popular styles of Barbecue rely on a sauce to flavor the meat. Most “Carolina-style” Barbecue is cooked on a grill (not a smoker) or boiled in a vinegar-based sauce and chopped with a knife.
8. Can you tell us a little about your sauces?
We offer 5 different unique sauces. Memphis Original is tomato based with molasses and brown sugar; Carolina Sweet with added honey; Tennessee Whiskey with a blend of Tennessee whiskey flavor; and Habanéro Hot is blended with smoky peppers. Our Carolina Classic is a mustard based sauce in the South Carolina style. We also offer a dry rub that is our own combination of paprika, garlic, herbs and spices.
Our Sauces and Rub are available for sale on our website and in over 5,000 retail locations across the country.
9. And you offer both To-Go and Catering?
Yes. Sticky Fingers offers To-Go, Catering and Banquet Menus in addition to our dine-in menu.
Banquets: Most Sticky Fingers restaurant locations have a private dining room that is perfect for a Banquet or organizational business meeting. You can see our banquet menu on our website.
To-Go: Our complete dine-in menu is available To-Go and we have added family-style options for meats and sides in larger containers. In addition we offer value priced “Express Meals” To-Go. Express Meals are sized just right for families and include a pint of homemade cole slaw, BBQ Baked Beans and a bottle of Sticky Fingers Sauce.
Catering: We offer 3 levels of catering services for parties from 20 to 4,000!
Full Service Catering
Don’t want to lift a finger? Let our professional catering staff do all the work for you. We will set-up, maintain the buffet line during the designated serving time, and clean up when it’s over. We will provide serving tables and linens. Food will be served in metal pans from warmed chafing dishes.
Full Service Delivery
This option includes everything in the delivery service plus a disposable tablecloth and set-up of disposable aluminum chafing dishes with sternos to keep your food hot.
We set it up, you take care of the rest. Our experienced caterer will deliver the food to you in ready-to-serve aluminum pans. All packaging is disposable.
You can view our catering menu online or give us a call to discuss.
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10. Anything else you'd like to add?
To celebrate our 20th Anniversary this year, Sticky Fingers is offering dining specials each month on the 20th through next year March 2013. For a list of upcoming specials, locations and menu options join the Stick-E-Club online or follow us on Facebook.