Cradle of ‘Cue

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Hit 22 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.

Switzerland Cafe

Switzerland Cafe and General Store, North Carolina 226A, Marion, NC

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Bar-B-Q King

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

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Skylight Inn BBQ

4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC 28513

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B's Barbecue

751 Bs Barbecue Road, Greenville

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Wilber's Barbecue

4172 Hwy 70 East, Goldsboro

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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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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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Hill's Lexington Barbecue

4005 N Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Speedy Lohr's BBQ of Arcadia

8000 N North Carolina Hwy 150, Lexington, NC 27295

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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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Carolina Bar-B-Q

213 Salisbury Rd, Statesville, NC 28677

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Switzerland Cafe

9440 NC-226A, Little Switzerland

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Bridge's Barbecue Lodge

2000 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28150

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Herb's Pit BBQ

15735 U.S. 64, Murphy, NC 28906

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