Good Carolina bbq?
I'm driving from Raleigh to Smokey mountains today and would love to find a good Carolina bbq place along the way preferrably (rt 40). I'm from up north so this drive is one of my few chance to get good bbq.
And also if not along the way, if there's any good places near the Smokey mountains, that would be awesome as well.
Thanks in advance!
Allen & Sons is probably the Triangle's most famous cue at the very least... and pretty darn good too. Take the 86 exit off of 40 (exit 266) and turn right; it should be down on the left about a mile and a half.
Try "Old Time B-B-Q" in Raleigh. It by SAS soccer park on Western Blvd. Its the best bbq in the area
If you're going to be anywhere near Columbia, SC, be sure to go to Maurice's Piggy Park for some authentic Carolina BBQ. There's one main location and several satellite restaurants. I don't agree with Maurice's politics, but he sure makes great BBQ! Go to the Piggy Park location if possible.
In NC, there is a divide between Eastern and Western NC BBQ (and another one as you head into SC). Since you are heading west, try any BBQ in Lexington, NC (south of Greensboro and Winston Salem), probably about 20 to 30 minutes off of I-40. That city is known for being representative of Western NC BBQ. Sauce tends to be a ketchup/vinegar mix, with a red coleslaw on the sandwich.
You could try Stameys in Greensboro. The one near the Coliseum is easy to get to from the highway.