10. Backyard BBQ Pit 5122 NC Hwy 55 Durham, North Carolina
Professionals at bringing you that ‘backyard barbecue’ experience that everyone enjoys. Established in 2007 they have moved their cooking style away from commercial methods and made grandma’s old fashion cooking techniques their own. Cooked in a pit over oak and hickory, their full flavored ribs and brisket bring people from miles around.
9. Lexington Barbecue 100 Smokehouse Ln. Lexington, North Carolina
Listed on USA Today’s 10 Best Southern Barbecue Spots this little shop has been a living monument in Lexington for over 50 years. Known by locals as the “Honeymonk” or “The Monk” Wayne Monk has built his business on great service and a delicious product. Definitely a must have if you are in the area.
8. The Pit Authentic BBQ 328 West Davie St. Raleigh and 321 W. Geer Durham, North Carolina
It is not hard to see, or taste, why The Pit has more than 2,300 5 star reviews. With a solid reputation for mouth watering ribs and a welcoming NC environment The Pit continues to diversify their menu by adding their own creations to keep barbecue lovers excited to come back.
7. The Original Q Shack 2510 University Dr. Durham, North Carolina
“BBQ as tender as a mother’s love” is how they describe all their meats which are smoked in-house with a blend of hickory and mesquite wood for a full and natural flavor. Q Shack’s fans are not only in love with the food, the business is also active in the community – giving back to locals every chance they get.
6. Wilber’s Barbecue 4172 US Highway 70 E. Goldsboro, North Carolina
With more than 50 years experience in the barbecuing industry Wilber Shirley has grown his business from just a handful of employees to more than 100. Wilber’s philosophy is that every part of the hog is different, and when cooked as a whole it is the combination of flavors that makes their BBQ special.
5. The Pig 630 Weaver Dairy Rd. Chapel Hill, North Carolina
One satisfied bride described The Pig’s catering service as, “I mean, we already knew they were fabulous, but Cathryn and her team really made our reception something to be proud of.” She also added that they offered a vegetarian option which is something that you do not often see at barbecue joints. If you have an upcoming event be sure to consider The Pig team, they will help you steal the show.
4. Clyde Cooper’s BBQ 327 S Wilmington St. Raleigh, North Carolina
Named best bbq and fried chicken by the Triangle Downtowner Magazine in 2014 as well as making an appearance on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters, this spot has a reputation for producing some of the best barbecue in all of America. Friendly service, affordable prices and out of this world chicken and ribs make Clyde Cooper’s one of the best BBQ joints in North Carolina.
3. The Blue Note Grill 4125 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd. Durham, North Carolina
Touted as one of the Triangle Region’s premier live music venues, The Blue Note Grill is the perfect spot for fabulous barbecue and a great show. The family owned and operated business has a very relaxing feel a delicious menu, definitely a great date night option.
2. Midwood Smokehouse 1401 Central Ave. Charlotte, North Carolina
Having just undergone an indoor makeover and the addition of an outdoor patio, Midwood Smokehouse’s Ballantyne location is setting itself up as a go to spot this summer. Their tender smoked ribs and pulled pork ranks among the best in the country.
1. Skylight Inn 4618 Lee St. Ayden, North Carolina
Thrillist has named Skylight Inn as North Carolina’s most iconic restaurant and rightfully so. Their nation wide reputation has been solidified by consistently ranking among the leaders in food events and by catering to their loyal following by providing top notch barbecue for generations.