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Old 09-11-2019, 04:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ccat View Post
I hit Smithfields every trip to the coast always good, im sure there is better off the beaten path but its consistent. I still think Lexington Style is better though
I think so too, definitely !
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would recommend a drive to Smithfield, and try White Swan Bbq or Holts Lake Bbq. They are close to on another, and both are very good, yet a little different from one another. Come hungry & leave full & satisfied.
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Carolina BBQ on 70 in Garner is another good one to try.
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Stephenson's Bar-B-Q - Worth the drive 100%
11964 NC-50, Willow Spring, NC 27592
Old 09-11-2019, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by working_to_fish View Post
Stephenson's Bar-B-Q - Worth the drive 100%
11964 NC-50, Willow Spring, NC 27592
Love that place. Reminds me of when I was a kid and would go get BBQ with my grandparents.
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Redneck BBQ lab has the highest quality bbq in the area. You still get great NC pork, but the ribs and brisket blow away anything in the area. It was opened by one of the most successful competition bbq teams in the state and the product is first rate. As a native North Carolinian, I love many places mentioned but for great quality across the board this is the place to go. Unfortunately many places, including some mentioned now cook with gas and that’s not true bbq. As for The Pit, the whole hog bbq went downhill when Ed Mitchell left as the pit master.

When Prime BBQ opens in Knightdale it will be a real battle for best Q in the area.
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Smokies BBQ Shack in Morrisville - one of the best around. This is "Texas" style or tomato based bbq sauce, NOT Eastern NC vinegar-based stuff. It's great Q from a hole in the wall place.

https://www.smokeysshack.com/
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Lots of good recommendations here. For consistency and lots of locations, the Smithfield's chain is hard to beat.

As far as the humidity, even natives like myself are complaining. It just won't end this year.
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Has Sam Jones opened yet?

might as well head to Ayden to skylight inn.

b’s bbq in Greenville is good, but when it sells out, it is gone! Normally around 12:30. Opens around 9:30.
Old 09-12-2019, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by go fish View Post
Has Sam Jones opened yet?

might as well head to Ayden to skylight inn.

b’s bbq in Greenville is good, but when it sells out, it is gone! Normally around 12:30. Opens around 9:30.
Yep, easy run across 264 once you're out of the Raleigh metro. Whole-hog pit-smoked bbq. The way it should be.

If you go to the Skylight Inn bring cash.
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Originally Posted by Seawolfpack View Post
Redneck BBQ lab has the highest quality bbq in the area. You still get great NC pork, but the ribs and brisket blow away anything in the area. It was opened by one of the most successful competition bbq teams in the state and the product is first rate. As a native North Carolinian, I love many places mentioned but for great quality across the board this is the place to go. Unfortunately many places, including some mentioned now cook with gas and that’s not true bbq. As for The Pit, the whole hog bbq went downhill when Ed Mitchell left as the pit master.

When Prime BBQ opens in Knightdale it will be a real battle for best Q in the area.
^^nailed it. I hit up Redneck every time I get back to JoCo.

For traditional eastern NC bbq, Smithfield's is hard to beat. BBQ sammich with slaw soaked in Texas Pete.....mmmmm
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For downtown Raleigh the answer is Clyde Cooper's. They catered our wedding.

The pit is excellent but it's not a traditional BBQ joint.

Stephensons is good, as are Smokies and old time.

ANY Smithfield's would be excellent. White Swan too.

But for downtown Raleigh BBQ, Cooper's is first place and it ain't close. Talking specifically about Eastern NC style here...don't get me wrong, the PIt is awesome and it is THE defacto restaurant Raleigh visitors should be taken to...but only after Cooper's.
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I hear Skylight Inn bbq is good in Ayden but have never tried.
Old 09-12-2019, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
I hear Skylight Inn bbq is good in Ayden but have never tried.
The best I've ever had.

B's comes in at #1B.

And this is from a Lexington boy...raised 20 mins from Lexington BBQ.
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The best I've ever had.

B's comes in at #1B.

And this is from a Lexington boy...raised 20 mins from Lexington BBQ.
I was raised 20 mins from Lexington, too. Lexington Q was always the favorite it seemed.

I'll have to make the drive and try Skylight one Saturday.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
The best I've ever had.

B's comes in at #1B.

And this is from a Lexington boy...raised 20 mins from Lexington BBQ.

the fresh crunchy skins chopped in set it apart!
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Originally Posted by go fish View Post



the fresh crunchy skins chopped in set it apart!
Exactly what I heard.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post
I was raised 20 mins from Lexington, too. Lexington Q was always the favorite it seemed.

I'll have to make the drive and try Skylight one Saturday.
Yeah I'd say overall Lexington is the best, but BBQ Center and Speedys are good too.

Cooks is actually my favorite. Used to go there pretty much every Saturday night while staying at High Rock. Just went back a few weeks ago...still great.

I grew up in Wallburg.

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the fresh crunchy skins chopped in set it apart!
Yep! That's what I remember most.

Worth a drive for sure.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Yeah I'd say overall Lexington is the best, but BBQ Center and Speedys are good too.

Cooks is actually my favorite. Used to go there pretty much every Saturday night while staying at High Rock. Just went back a few weeks ago...still great.

I grew up in Wallburg.



Yep! That's what I remember most.

Worth a drive for sure.
(Granite Quarry) There’s a place in Salisbury called College BBQ. They make pretty good Q without the drive to Lexington, for us.
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Originally Posted by back at it View Post

(Granite Quarry) There’s a place in Salisbury called College BBQ. They make pretty good Q without the drive to Lexington, for us.
Heard of it, never been. Added to the list.

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