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East Carolina Style BBQ???

mississippigirl Mar 26, 2007 10:20 AM

HI -
We will be driving through North Carolina on I-85 next week. My Husband LOVES Parker's BBQ in Wilson, but unfortunately that is out of our way. Any suggestions on where we can find something similar along our route???

  1. Bob W Mar 26, 2007 02:05 PM

    Are you driving I-85 all the way through to Virginia? If so, you can stop at Nunnery-Freeman Barbecue in Henderson, NC. Very good barbecue and fried chicken too.

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    1. re: Bob W
      mississippigirl Mar 26, 2007 02:19 PM

      Yes, we are driving all the way through NC on i-85. Is Nunnery-Freeman BBQ that "east carolina" style chopped, with the vinegar based sauce??

      1. re: mississippigirl
        Bob W Mar 26, 2007 03:14 PM

        oh yes. they also have an interesting thin brownish "dip" (sauce) that you can apply at the table.

        I'm a big fan of Eastern NC barbecue in general, and Parker's in particular, so this place fills the bill when I have to use I-85.

        You might want to also check out some of the Western NC/Lexington/Piedmont style barbecue places in the Lexington area that are easily accessible from I-85 as well. It's a good contrast to Eastern style. I-85 is long enough that you can make a few stops for barbecue!

        before you get to NC you should also make a stop at the Beacon Drive-In, Spartanburg SC. That place is a trip. Split a pork-a-plenty plate with your hubby. Of course, even before that, you should grab a few chili dogs and fried pies at the Varsity in the Atlanta area. I know they have at least one branch right off 85.

        1. re: Bob W
          walras Mar 26, 2007 03:21 PM

          If you are going N on I-85, Allen and Sons on NC86, north of Chapel Hill, south of Hillsborough, is an easy off and on again. And you can follow the links at the BBQ Trail on http://www.ncbbqsociety.com/about.html

          1. re: Bob W
            mississippigirl Mar 26, 2007 03:45 PM

            Thanks Bob - we have already planned a stop at the Varsity, I have never been and am really looking forward to it. I appreciate your suggestions. I am already saving my calories for the BBQ feast to come!

      2. c
        chazzer Mar 27, 2007 07:04 AM

        A&M grill in Mebine is also good wood smoked BBQ. It is one of the places listed on the trail. It is only five or ten min. off of 85.

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        1. re: chazzer
          mississippigirl Mar 27, 2007 07:44 AM

          But is it "east carolina style" -

          1. re: mississippigirl
            Hushpuppy Mar 27, 2007 09:28 AM

            Not really. More of the piedmont style. Still pretty good.

            1. re: Hushpuppy
              chazzer Mar 27, 2007 10:36 AM

              It is almost a cross between eastern and western style. Not ture piedmont or western but not completly eastern. See the write up on the nc bbq society page.

          2. re: chazzer
            mississippigirl Apr 4, 2007 02:59 PM

            We stopped at A & M grill, since Nunnery Freeman was closed. First, Mebane is a beautiful town and the dogwoods were in full bloom this weekend -WOW!!! The BBQ- was pretty good. The flavor was good, but David was initiall disappointed because it is served with a tomato based sause on top - but was plesently suprised at the flavor!!!
            Thanks for the tip!!

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            Magnum Apr 4, 2007 08:57 PM

            Hursey's in Burlington is good BBQ although it's not eastern Carolina style.

            For eastern style take a detour to Raleigh to Barbeque Lodge off of US 1 (Capital Blvd). It's worth the extra 30 minutes it takes to get there.

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            1. re: Magnum
              rockycat Apr 5, 2007 07:15 AM

              I believe they have closed down. Even if they haven't I can't say they'd be worth a detour from anywhere. Many years ago, perhaps. But not lately.

              1. re: rockycat
                cackalackie Apr 5, 2007 07:43 AM

                Don Murray's closed down. Barbecue Lodge is still there. If it's you're only option, it's fine, but it's hardly worth a detour.

                1. re: rockycat
                  Hushpuppy Apr 5, 2007 09:40 AM

                  Hursey's is still open.

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