Are you sweet or spicy? As a proud BBQ connoisseur, you understand this culinary genre has a flair and culture all its own. You’ve traveled to BBQ festivals and maybe you even dabbled in the artform yourself. Your idea of heaven? Tender, slow smoked pulled pork cradled between two house-made buns, served with a side of fries and slaw, washed down with a nice cold glass of sweet tea.

Sam Jones BBQ

Winterville, North Carolina

Only a 10-minute drive from Greenville, Sam Jones BBQ sets a gold standard for barbecue in eastern North Carolina. Its delicious menu offerings have been covered in People, GQ, Travel Channel, Food Network, History Channel, CBS Morning Show and others. Whole hogs are smoked, chopped and served on-site daily, ensuring that the meat on your plate is as fresh as it can be. Try the chopped pork, slow-smoked over Carolina Oak, with a side of baked beans and potato salad. Or, opt for the pulled chicken sandwich with mac-and-cheese and the homemade dessert of the day. There are so many mouthwatering choices at Sam Jones BBQ.

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Eastern North Carolina is one of the best places in the country to indulge your BBQ cravings. From retro-style eateries to food trucks, you’ll find the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted, served with signature southern charm. Roll up your sleeves, and sink your teeth into all the BBQ this region has to offer.

Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack

Nags Head, North Carolina

Seafood isn’t the only delicious cuisine the Outer Banks has to offer. Chow down on your barbecue while enjoying the beautiful ocean view.

Located 1 minute from central Nags Head, NC and 1.5 hours from Edenton, NC.

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B’s Barbecue

Greenville, North Carolina

This down-to-earth joint attracts BBQ buffs from all over the country. After one taste of B’s pulled pork, you’ll understand why.

Located 9 minutes from downtown Greenville, NC and 25 minutes from Tarboro, NC.

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Wilber’s Barbecue

Goldsboro, North Carolina

Since its founding in 1962, this spot’s reputation for delicious barbecue has attracted notable patrons such as George Bush, Sr. and Bill Clinton.

Located 10 minutes from downtown Goldsboro, NC and 30 minutes from Wilson, NC.

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Skylight Inn BBQ

Ayden, North Carolina

Skylight’s signature North Carolina style of whole-hog barbecue is available by the plate, by the pound or by the sandwich.

Located 3 minutes from downtown Ayden, NC and 30 minutes from Greenville, NC.

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