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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!

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  1. 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.

    1. Try "Old Time B-B-Q" in Raleigh. It by SAS soccer park on Western Blvd. Its the best bbq in the area

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

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          1. re: turketwh

            Try A& M grill in Mebane for good BBQ, follow signs into mebane from I40 turn left after the train tracks will be on your left. Some really good que almost a cross between eastern and western, do not try any of the other food.

            1. re: chazzer

              I would definitely try lexington. If you can't make it there try lil richards on country club in winston-salem or mr bbq on peterscreek in winston. both are only 5 to 10 min off highway

          2. You could try Stameys in Greensboro. The one near the Coliseum is easy to get to from the highway.

            1. Allen and Sons is closed this week. Since lots of cue places close for a week or two this time of year, call first.

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              1. re: walras

                I just called them, and they said they were open tomorrow. Sounded open today too. Hopefully I'll be going tomorrow for lunch. I'll be bringing a vegetarian along...do you think she'll be able to find much there?

                1. re: eliah

                  A vegetarian could probably make a meal out of their excellent sides...mac n cheese, fried okra, hushpuppies, etc., if she is so inclined.

                  1. re: carolinadawg

                    Their onion rings and ptotato salad are excellent as well.

              2. You can get directions and contact info for all the suggested
                restaurants in this thread at www.carolinabbqjoints.com