Cradle of ‘Cue


Hit classic BBQ joints known as the ‘Cradle of ‘Cue’

People here take barbecue seriously, so to showcase the state’s smoky talent, the North Carolina Barbecue Society has designed a barbecue trail from Eastern North Carolina to the border of Tennessee. Travel from Ayden and Greenville near the coast all the way to Murphy at the western tip of the state to experience both Lexington (also known as Piedmont) and Eastern styles of barbecue at select classic joints. Each chosen NCBS Historic Barbecue Pit must cook its meat over wood or charcoal pits, make its own sauce, have been open for 15 years or more, and have an excellent reputation in its community. The locations proudly display an NCBS emblem for achieving this historic status.


Cradle of ‘Cue and the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail are registered trademarks of The North Carolina Barbecue Society, Inc.

Skylight Inn BBQ

4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513

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Bum's Restaurant

Bum's Restaurant, East 3rd Street, Ayden, NC

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B's Barbecue

751 Bs Barbecue Road, Greenville

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Grady's Barbecue

3096 Arrington Bridge Rd, Dudley, NC 28333

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Stephenson's Bar-B-Q

11964 Nc 50 Hwy N, Willow Spring

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The Pik-n-Pig

Pik N Pig, Gilliam McConnell Road, Carthage, NC

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Hursey's Barbecue

1834 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215

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Stamey's Barbecue

2206 High Point Rd. Greensboro

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Fuzzy's Bar-B-Q

407 Hwy St, Madison, NC 27025

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Real Q

Real Q, Country Club Road, Winston-Salem, NC

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Smiley's Lexington BBQ

917 Winston Rd, Lexington, NC 27295

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The Barbecue Center

900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292

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Richard's Bar-B-Q

522 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144

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Wink's Bar-B-Que

509 Faith Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146

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M&K Barbecue & Country Cooking

215 North Salisbury Avenue, Granite Quarry, NC 28072

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Bar-B-Q King

Bar-BQ King, East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC

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Switzerland Cafe

9440 NC-226A, Little Switzerland

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Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge

2000 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28150

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Hubba Hubba Smokehouse

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, NC

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Herb's Pit BBQ

15735 U.S. 64, Murphy, NC 28906

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