The great barbecue debate in North Carolina has sparked arguments since Lexington Style vs. Eastern Style was invented. While everyone has their preferred method of sauce, we can at least agree that some restaurants in North Carolina have set the barbecue standard extremely high. Want to find the best ‘Q’ in the Tar Heel state? Here are 10 of the best bbq places in North Carolina!
1. B's Barbecue, Greenville
Arguably the best eastern style BBQ in the state, every North Carolinian (east or west) must try B's at least once.
2. The 'Honey Monk' Lexington
For the best Lexington BBQ go straight to its birthplace. The 'Honey Monk' is about as classic and good as it gets for Lexington style in Lexington.
3. Wilbers, Goldsboro
Wilbers has been consistently ranked as one of the best BBQ joints in North Carolina and was even voted best BBQ by Southern Living magazine. It's safe to say you'll be in hog heaven when you pop in this little joint on your next trip to the beach.
4. Little Richard's, Winston-Salem
My mouth is watering just thinking about how amazing Little Richard's is. For the best hand-chopped, pit cooked Lexington Style BBQ in Winston, check out Little Richards.
5. High Cotton BBQ, Kitty Hawk
On your next beach trip stop by High Cotton to try some of the best Q the coast has to offer.
6. The Skylight Inn, Ayden
The Skylight Inn has been cookin' up amazing, whole hog, Eastern Style BBQ since 1947. The cornbread recipe dates back to the 1830's and the family has been in the BBQ business since 1811...so basically you know it's gonna be good.
7. Allen & Son, Chapel Hill
Allen & Son isn't just for college students looking to stuff their face with some Western style Q. It's a favored destination of many foodies seeking some coarse chopped BBQ. The restaurant chops their own wood, the cole slaw is milky and sweet, and the thick cuts of meat will leave you wanting more.
8. Deano's BBQ, Mocksville
There's no fanciness or frills at Deano's, just simple western style Q. Dean prefers to keep his BBQ methods old school by using only shoulders and Boston butts that gets cooked for six hours over a Hickory fire.
9. The Pit, Raleigh
The Pit, located in an old meat-packing building is a mix of eastern, western, upscale and down home. You can experience a little bit of everything at The Pit, but the barbecue is still delicious.
10. 12 Bones Smokehouse, Asheville
You won't mind standing in line for 12 Bones. Everything is made from scratch and prepared daily. It's not just the BBQ that's killer here, but also all the sides to go with your Q.
Do you agree with this list? Where are some of your favorite places to grab BBQ in North Carolina? Tell us in the comments!