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Moore's BBQ, Kenly, NC

Tweaked Aug 13, 2004 02:31 PM

I just returned from the Mrytle Beach area, where my parents have their retirement house. Since I will be traveling the I-95 corridor from DC to Wilmington and then down to the Mrytle Beach area, I've been looking for local eats that doesn't include Hardee's and Cracker Barrel.

This trip I found a worthy spot in Kenly, NC called Moore's Barbecue. a small hole in the wall kind of place, the menu consists of pulled pork, fried chicken and sides. The BBQ plate came as a pile of pull pork with 2 sides, the potato salad was pretty good, but didn't like the cole slaw. It seems BBQ joints in the south like to make cole slaw that is finely minced cabbage with a really sweet mayo, not to my liking. I also tried the fried chicken which was also excellent. eveything comes with hushpuppies, which were ok, a little dense and sweet tea. Most everything is around $5, an excellent bargain.

Moore's Barbeque
HWY 301, Kenly NC
Open Tues-Sat 10:30am-8pm.

It's about a 4 hour drive from DC. If you are coming down I-95 south, take the Kenly offramp, take a left into Kenly and it's about 1/2 mile down the road.

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    WFUnix RE: Tweaked Aug 13, 2004 03:24 PM

    I've never eaten there, but found this site:



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      Tweaked RE: WFUnix Aug 13, 2004 04:25 PM

      That is the site where I originally found Moore's. I also tried Ralph's (which is also listed) but found Moore's to be a lot better. Moore's also sells bags of crackling (or pork skin) for $1 each...and you thought bacon was rich!

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        Chuck RE: Tweaked Aug 15, 2004 10:03 PM

        Moore's sure looked like a great place! Pulled into the driveway on a Sunday...Closed. Waited all day coming down I-95 from NJ to try this place because it is right off the Interstate. Beware of Sundays in the Tar Heel State - A day of religious prayer.

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          chili367 RE: Chuck Aug 27, 2008 07:17 AM

          chuck, if you are looking for true Q places to be open on sundays in the south, you are going to be very, very disappointed in the long run.

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            heinousmojo RE: chili367 Jul 12, 2009 09:47 AM

            Just to update, I read the above post and ate (poorly) prior to getting to Moore's on my trip South, only to find that it IS NOW OPEN ON SUNDAYS. Had lunch there yesterday on my way back North, and it was as good as I remembered it. A ridiculous bargain, too. Six of us ate well for $31, including beverages.

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              Naco RE: chili367 Jul 12, 2009 11:08 AM

              The only wood burner I know of that's open on Sunday is Blackbeard's in Tarboro(really closer to Conetoe, though). They're open on Sundays from 11-3pm. Around a half hour or so from 95.

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                veganhater RE: Naco Jul 18, 2009 08:39 AM

                Where exactly is Blackbeard's and what do they serve? Just pig or expanded menu and is it worth checking out?

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                  Naco RE: veganhater Jul 18, 2009 09:20 AM

                  I posted about it here when I found it recently:


                  Definitely worth checking out.

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          Tom from Durham RE: WFUnix Aug 14, 2004 01:22 PM

          Sounds good, although the site you link worries me some--it gives Allman's in Fredricksburg, VA a good review. Maybe I was there on an off day, but I'd never return; their 'cue was the worst I've had anywhere. Pit-cooked, their sign says--my wife opined that the pit they used was located under the cook's arm.

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          raleighfoodlover RE: Tweaked Aug 13, 2004 03:25 PM

          I had previously posted about this diamond in the rough. Well worth a visit. On Tuesday & Wednesday they have bbq sandwiches for $1.00 each.

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            Bob W. RE: Tweaked Aug 13, 2004 04:18 PM

            Moore's is a good choice for folks who like Parker's-style cue and fried chicken but can't spare the hour or so you'll burn up getting on and off 95 to get to Parker's in Wilson and waiting in the inevitable line.

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              britt RE: Tweaked Aug 16, 2004 03:49 PM

              There's also a Moore's BBQ in New Bern, NC. Great Pork BBQ and BBQ chicken. Just off Hwy. 17.

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                goodeatsinadive RE: britt Aug 12, 2008 10:35 AM

                DIFFERENT set of folks with the same name. Moore's in Kenly is better, hands down.

                Moore's, and B's in Greenville are two hidden gems for true eastern NC style bbq. Neither place looks like much, but the bbq is outstanding.

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                MERGALLO50 RE: Tweaked Jul 26, 2008 02:07 PM

                I happened upon Moore's this past week on my way back up to MD and it's FABULOUS and a good deal too! Wish I'd brought a pound or two home with me.

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                  AMFM RE: MERGALLO50 Aug 10, 2008 08:23 PM

                  funny - never read this thread but i too stumbled across it on our way from VA to HHI. great barbecue and fried chicken. the green beans were great. cute place with kids to stop along the 95 - it's right off the highway in Kenly. Great find.

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                    i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: MERGALLO50 Aug 11, 2008 05:28 AM

                    Glad to have seen this resurrected thread as we will be looking for good chow along 95 down this way soon!

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                    mle17 RE: Tweaked Aug 11, 2008 01:31 PM

                    I LOVE this place, I try to stop every time we pass by on frequent trips between SC and Maryland. And tell all our relatives to stop there when they're driving to see us. Once my husband and I were running early when we passed through Kenly, so we sat in the parking lot until they opened at 10:00 - it was the best breakfast ever. I do lament the move to the fancy former Wendy's. I miss the little shack. . . much more authentic.

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                      AMFM RE: mle17 Aug 11, 2008 06:44 PM

                      may be true about the move, but the nice outside with fenced in room to move and cute rocking chairs... and it was really clean - made it a great place to stop with a 2 and 5 year old who wanted to be out of the car and moving!

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                        goodeatsinadive RE: mle17 Aug 12, 2008 10:38 AM

                        Hate they moved too, but it was out of necessity... ongoing problems with plumbing that no one seemed to be able to repair.

                        Even though the building is nicer, the food is what counts.

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                        joyfulcook RE: Tweaked Aug 27, 2008 06:54 AM

                        I have kin in the pig business in Harrell's NC, last name Moore also. Their business is Clear Run Farms. They make a great authentic NC bbq that we all fight over around christmas time when they bring a cooler of it down. You used to be able to buy their sauce bottled at Robert's Grocery at Wrightsville Beach, NC, but it's been awhile for me, so not sure if you still can. Get your bbq (plates/sandwich/togo) and other pig stuffs here:

                        Clear Run Farms
                        45 Wilmington Hwy
                        Harrells, NC 28444

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