North Carolina Barbecue
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North Carolina Has a Certain Southern Charm … And Barbecue


If what you’re after is some of the best barbecue in the world, then North Carolina barbecue is your should be on top of your Wish list . There are different styles of barbecue in the region. This is not only true about the division of styles between the two Carolinas, it’s also true within North Carolina itself, where Eastern-style is different from Western-style.

Eastern North Carolina barbecue is cooked whole-hog, on a wood pit, and is dressed with a thin, vinegary and peppery sauce.

Piedmont-style, on the other hand, has a dipping sauce that has more of a tomato base, and focuses mostly on pork shoulder, still cooked on a wood pit.

And as you’ve probably noticed, both focus heavily on pork.

Here are some of the Carolina Barbecue thats worth your while

Asheville: Little Pigs

The place to eat, in Asheville, is probably Little Pigs. The “genuine pit” written on the roadside sign doesn’t lie. Piedmont-style, delicious, and consistent food!

You’ll need to sleep this meal off. And the best place to do that is the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville!

Durham: The Pit (Backyard BBQ Pit)

If you were looking for the traditional, shack-style, bare-bones, mom-and-pop restaurant, then the Pit will surprise you. It has table service, TVs, and serves things like barbecued tofu, brisket and even a quinoa salad. But it also has pit-smoked whole hog barbecue, what most people come for.

And to stay somewhere close, and have a comfortable room for the night in Durham, Hilton Durham near Duke University is a safe bet.

Charlotte: Eastern Style at Bill Spoon’s and Bubba’s

Charlotte is about one hour away from what’s considered the Carolina barbecue capital of the world, Lexington, but that doesn’t mean that the quality of the barbecue in Charlotte is any lesser. On top of that, Charlotte offers both Eastern and Piedmont style, which is a luxury for the rushed traveler! In this city, there are a couple of Eastern-style joints that should be visited: Bill Spoon’s and Bubba’s. The first bite might surprise you, with the special sauce and all, but it’s definitely addictive.

A great hotel option in Charlotte is The Dunhill Hotel. It’s located in the First Ward, which is always a plus.

Greensboro: Stamey’s

The Piedmont style has an institution, and it’s called Stamey’s. It’s been churning out sliced shoulder barbecue, a unique cut in these parts, since 1930. This place is on every foodie travelers’ list, for sure!

Greensboro is home to two beautiful hotels, both almost across the street from each other. And both are beautiful options to stay in the city, would it be overnight or for a few days. O.Henry Hotel is a boutique-type hotel, while Proximity Hotel is a larger, stylish grand hotel. Both are just off the 220, making them easily accessible by car, the preferred way of transportation in North Carolina. Getting to-and-from your hotel and the different Carolina barbecue joints in Greensboro will be easy and quick!

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