Home Team BBQ

Prices: Breakfast, $8 to $15.95; sides, $4.95; brunch, $10.95 to $18.95; sandwiches, $13.95 to $15.95; snacks, $7.75 to 15.95; meats, $15.95 to $24.95. Ambience: Rustic, cozy, scenic. Signature dishes: Breakfast enchiladas with salsa roja; smoked wings with Alabama white sauce (best with a side of death relish added on); the sliced brisket; double patty brisket burger, harissa aioli, lettuce, tomato, onion, house bacon, house pickles and American cheese on a brioche bun; fried ribs (deep fried single ribs tossed in Alabama white sauce and served with death relish); BBQ nachos served with any protein, smoked poblano salsa, hot carrot salsa, guacamole, crema, tomato salsa, pickled jalapenos, chimichurri, and a ton of melted monterey jack cheese.

Home Team BBQ has been serving up authenticity and reliably awesome food to a growing clientele in a hip and fun atmosphere since its Aspen debut in 2016.

While the barbecue offerings remain consistent with menus at
its other locations in South Carolina, Home Team Aspen has expanded its culinary choices since setting up as the sole restaurant in the Inn at Aspen at the base of Buttermilk Mountain.

“It’s a culmination of all the highlights, all the stars,” said operating partner Chris Lanter.

With chef Kyle Wilkins at the helm in the kitchen, the low and slow method of southern barbecue shines on the plate and is savored on the palate.

Home Team’s famous family
style “board” has all of the chef’s favorites — smoked wings and turkey, pulled pork, ribs and
linguica sausage.

Tuesday night’s fried chicken dinner is half of a bird, brined overnight, dredged in buttermilk and then fried for 14 minutes; the chicken leaves your fingers dripping in juices once it’s released from its crispy skin. It’s served with good old-fashioned Frank’s hot sauce, mashers with coffee gravy, slaw and a light and fluffy biscuit with hot honey sauce.

Rena Lanter, Chris’ wife, runs the wine program on the consultation of master sommelier Jay Fletcher. From $45 to $200 a bottle, Home Team has a list of 45 wines that can be paired with any kind of barbecue or menu offering.

The Home Team crew has come up with some creative breakfast items that serve those who are on the go and others who want to feast in a casual, laid-back setting.

Weekend brunch has gained a lot of traction with locals but be warned: it’s a tough choice between the Migas Tacos, the brisket and biscuit or the French toast, which is a play on their banana pudding. Then there’s the grab-and-go breakfast sandwich with eggs, cheese and Home Team’s house-cured, house-cut bacon (or sausage or ham) with a fresh croissant. Also on the go is a Greek yogurt parfait with blueberry compote and granola, and a sausage breakfast burrito.

“A good menu is when you can’t pick; it all looks good,” Lanter said.