Eastern NC BBQ Odyssey
A buddy and I are celebrating the fact that we're both turning 40 by attempting to consume as much Eastern NC BBQ as possible in a weekend. We're definitely hitting B's in Greenville (been dying to go there), Skylight in Ayden, and Wilber's in Goldsboro (my longtime fave). Any suggestions on what else to hit or to avoid? I'd originally been considering Parker's and Bill's in Wilson, but I dunno now that they've been dropped from the NCBS trail. They added Jack Cobb and Son, so I'm considering that. Anyone know the hours? Also, anyone have any opinions and info on Grady's in Dudley? Blackbeard's in Conetoe gets a ton of love hereabouts, so I'm seriously considering that as well.
Any recommendations on restaurants and routes and info on hours would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Definitely skip Parker's and Bill's. There is no good eastern NC bbq in Wilson anymore that I know of. If you need to grab a bite to eat in Wilson, head to El Mexicanito for superb tacos.
Watch out for construction on MLK/5th St./43 leading to B's. You may want to use B's Barbeque road to get to it instead, depending on where you're coming from.
Jack Cobb's is only open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. I'm not sure about the hours. I go to most of these places at lunch, except for Pete Jones. They do good bbq which I think really shines if you get a sandwich, because their slaw is excellent. I would add it to your itinerary.
Pete Jones has been firing on all cylinders lately. The last couple of times I've eaten there(over the last month or so) have been the best that I've had from there in 10-15 years.
Blackbeard's should definitely be on your list. Excellent bbq that is as good or better than the more well known places, and great traditional sides. Make sure to try some pork skins. Everything at Blackbeard's oozes eastern NC tradition. It's like a study of traditional foods. I love it.
I haven't made it to Grady's yet, so I can't offer any comments there. My current ranking would be:
1. Pete Jones(I recently said that I liked Blackbeard's more, but then Jones turned out the best bbq I've had in a long time)
4. Jack Cobb's
Hours: B's you will need to hit early. They can close by 1 or 2pm if they sell out. They open very early though, 8:30-9am IIRC.
Pete Jones is open daily until 7pm, except for Sunday.
Blackbeard's is Thu-Sun only. Thu-Sat hours are 11am-8:30pm, Sun is 11:30am-3pm.
no, i'll get you an address and some hours, hopefully before the weekend. all i know off-hand is that it is on the south-bound side of the road, between US 301 and the food lion (a 5-6 mile stretch). If you look on google earth, it's the free-standing building that looks like a restaurant, between dunbarton road and shenandoah drive, on nc 97 south; south rocky mount vicinity, west of US 301.
You asked about Grady's and it is a hidden gem among the more well known establishments and not too far (~ 12 miles) from Wilbur's. Located east of Dudley near Sleepy Creek. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
My big four joints, in no particular order, are Skylight Inn, Ayden, NC B's in Greenville, NC (both in Pitt County 10-12 miles apart) and Grady's, and Wilbur's in Goldsboro. (Both in Wayne County)