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Classic      New Favorite      With a Twist   Classic   Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge Red Bridges opened the first barbecue joint in Cleveland County in 1946. Today, his

Madison County Championship Rodeo

Classic      New Favorite      With a Twist   Classic   Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge Red Bridges opened the first barbecue joint in Cleveland County in 1946. Today, his

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Classic      New Favorite      With a Twist   Classic   Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge Red Bridges opened the first barbecue joint in Cleveland County in 1946. Today, his

High on the Hog: 9 Delicious North Carolina Barbecue Joints

Classic      New Favorite      With a Twist


 

Classic

 

Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

Red Bridges opened the first barbecue joint in Cleveland County in 1946. Today, his daughter and her children run the shop, still slow-cooking pork over hickory all night long, the way Red taught them.

2000 East Dixon Boulevard
Shelby, NC 28152
(704) 482-8567
bridgesbbq.com


Speedy’s Barbecue, Inc.

In Lexington, the city’s namesake style of barbecue — pork shoulder meat dipped in a tomato-based sauce — draws devotees to this former drive-in.

1317 Winston Road
Lexington, NC 27295
(336) 248-2092
speedysbbqinc.com


B’s Barbecue

Simple, yet legendary. This Greenville landmark has been an emblem of eastern-style barbecue since 1978.

751 State Road 1204
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 758-7126

 

New Favorite

 

Buxton Hall Barbecue

In an old South Slope building that served as a roller rink in the 1930s, folks gather for the wood-smoked, whole-hog, eastern-style barbecue that has made Buxton Hall a western favorite.

32 Banks Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-7216
buxtonhall.com


Smokehouse at Steve’s

Steve’s is all about fresh, local ingredients — so local, in fact, that they come from the butchery and garden market attached to the dining room.

331 West Harden Street
Graham, NC 27253
(336) 506-4444
smokehouseatsteves.com


Southern Smoke BBQ

The only thing co-owner Matthew Register likes better than tradition is thinking up new ways to use familiar ingredients and flavors.

29 Warren Street
Garland, NC 28441
(910) 549-7484
southernsmokebbqnc.com

 

With a Twist

 

Switzerland Cafe and General Store

Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, this spot serves hickory-smoked barbecue with a signature sauce that blends eastern and Lexington flavors.

9440 NC Highway 226A
Little Switzerland, NC 28749
(828) 765-5289
switzerlandcafe.com


Picnic

Unlike those who use traditional brick pits, “barbecue man” Wyatt Dickson smokes whole hogs in a double-walled steel pit.

1647 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 908-9128
picnicdurham.com


The Redneck BBQ Lab

This is competition-style barbecue: Just open your mouth and your mind, and give a forkful of brisket or pork or burnt ends an honest try. It may not be like any barbecue you’ve ever eaten, but it’s barbecue you surely won’t soon forget.

12101-B NC Highway 210
Benson, NC 27504
(919) 938-8334
theredneckbbqlab.com

This story was published on Aug 31, 2021

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