Williamston native Grant Whitley points to Blackbeards as the “standard-bearer for eastern North Carolina barbecue (whole hog, slow cooked over hickory wood with vinegar-based sauce).” But an unexpected entree seldom seen on a barbecue joint’s menu warrants Whitley’s recommendation — the steamed blue crabs. They also deep-fat fry hard crabs, a real rarity, but Whitley says the steamed are better.

He also raves about the sides, such as black-eyed peas, Brunswick stew with fresh butterbeans and corn, and “awesome fresh snap beans,” and suggests a bowl of homemade strawberry ice cream for a fine finish.

Blackbeards BBQ & C Food
5232 U.S. Highway 64-Alternate East, Tarboro, N.C. 27886
phone: (252) 641-0103

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