North Carolina is full of delicious restaurants serving up all types of Southern fare; but nothing compares to the many eateries battling it out to be the best barbecue spot in the state. Barbecue restaurants can be found from the mountains in the west all the way to the eastern coast, in the Outer Banks. Check out these top barbecue spots to experience the best meat North Carolina has to offer!
10. B’s Barbecue, Greenville
Family-owned and run for many years, B’s Barbecue cooks whole-hog, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue daily until it runs out of food to serve. It has no website, so take a drive and check it out for yourself!
751 Bs Barbecue Road, Greenville, NC 27858
9. The Pik-N-Pig, Carthage
The Pik-N-Pig slow-cooks its barbecue overnight, creating a perfectly-pink, juicy product for guests.
8. Circle B Ranch Bar B-Q, Fletcher
You may be surprised when you get your plate at Circle B Ranch Bar B-Q, filled with, ribs, brisket and an array of sides, with no room to spare. If you have room when you’re done, indulge in one of Circle B’s many speciality desserts.
7. Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Que, Madison
Unlike many North Carolina barbecue restaurants, Fuzzy’s Bar-B-Q offers more than just delicious, pit-cooked meat — It offers breakfast! Try something different, with tenderloin and a side of eggs.
6. Skylight Inn a.k.a. Pete Jones’ BBQ, Ayden
Pete Jones’ Skylight Inn BBQ dedicates itself to cooking barbecue the old-fashioned way since opening its doors in 1947. The restaurant gained a reputation for excellence over the years as it was featured in publications such as People Magazine, National Geographic and was even seen on The Food Network.
5. Lexington Barbecue a.k.a. “Honeymonk”, Lexington
Cooking fresh pork shoulders on a daily basis, Lexington Barbecue refuses to prepare its meats any way other than over wood — oak or hickory.
4. The Original Little Richard’s BBQ, Winston Salem
The Original Little Richard’s BBQ hand-chops its barbecue before combining it with a secret sauce created by owner Richard Berrier. Stop by and “EatMoPig”!
3. High Cotton Barbecue, Kitty Hawk
Located in the beautiful Outer Banks, High Cotton Barbecue combines authentic eastern North Carolina barbecue techniques with the added pleasure of being right beside the beautiful coast.
2. Lancaster’s BBQ, Mooresville
With walls covered in retired NASCAR hoods and memorabilia, Lancaster’s BBQ offers delectable barbecue, hush puppies and a wide variety of Southern sides while paying homage to North Carolina’s NASCAR history. For a unique dining experience, request a booth located in the retired school bus!
1. The Blue Note Grill, Durham
There is no lack of entertainment at The Blue Note Grill in Durham, N.C. The restaurant is one of the area’s top spots for local blues, bluegrass and jazz music, on top of its incredible wings and ribs!