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Apr 12, 2010 04:45 PM

Can you suggest great places for barbeque in Raleigh, NC?

My husband, a teacher, will be there with three hungry students (high school age boys) this weekend. Two members of this small group will celebrate their birthdays on April 16 and they want barbeque on the big day.

Can you suggest any good bbq places in Raleigh, or not too far out of Raleigh? Holes-in-the-wall are fine----it's all about taste for them.


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  1. Here ya go. Bon Appetit.


    Barbecue Lodge @ 4600 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 872 - 4755. *

    Cooper's Bar B Q @ 109 E. Davie St., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 832 - 7614. *

    Ole Time BBQ @ 6309 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 859 - 2544. *

    The Pit @ 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC. 919 - 890 - 4500. *

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    1. re: Littleman

      Littleman---YOU RULE!

      Which do you like best of the options you listed?

      1. re: soccermom13

        Skip Ole Time. I don't get the hype, it's not very good.

      2. re: Littleman

        Not a fan of Barbecue Lodge - their catering is ok, but the restaurant leaves a lot to be desired.

        I live in Raleigh. If I want less expensive BBQ in a traditional setting close to home I go to Knightdale Seafood and BBQ.

        If I want to spend a little more and have fancier digs (and better meats) I go to The Pit.

        If I have plenty of time I go to Allen & Sons or to Rubs (not sure if this is still the name) in Morrisville.

        Rubs is good, but not eastern style. They have somewhat limited hours, so call first.

        1. re: meatn3

          Agree on Rub's (now called Smoky's). Not a fan of Cooper's, Ole Time, Southern belle (truly awful).

          1. re: Westy

            Thanks, I couldn't remember which was the current name!

            Where is Southern Belle? I have never noticed them...

      3. The Pit............Bon Appetit..............

        1. The Angus Barn is the best......................but they don't have BBQ..................

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          1. re: Littleman

            Thanks very much. They are happy to get your reccs!

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            1. DUH! No wonder I couldn't find many Raleigh posts. My bad. Thanks for the heads up. There's lots of good stuff over on the Southeast Board. :0)

            2. If you're willing to drive about 30 minutes, the best bbq in the Raleigh area is at Allen and Son, on Highway 86 between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. Its about 2 miles north of I-40.

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              1. re: carolinadawg

                Unfortunately, I must disagree. Not worth driving from Raleigh when you have Coopers, Holdens (in Wake Forest), and to a certain extent, the Pit (I have issues with the availability of biscuits or hushpuppies there, as well as repeated service failures). I live in Orange county, and would rather drive to Raleigh to get BBQ than go to Allen & Son.

                1. re: fussycouple

                  Holdens in Youngsville (just past Wake Forest) is my favorite out of all the Raleigh area BBQ places. Old time is not worth the time and Coopers is worth it just for the building.

                  1. re: chazzer

                    And if you have a pet at home, Coopers sells pig ears in the big glass case...

                  2. re: fussycouple

                    Whereas I have half a mind to fly out to NC from California for the weekend just to have meals at Allen&Son and Lexington #1. To each his/her own, I suppose.

                    1. re: mikeh

                      I'll go against the usual suspects. I'm southern but also like Qs from other areas.
                      I suggest The Q Shack because their sides are great.

                      And, if you regular posters haven't tried it, give Shane's Rib Shack a shot.
                      Try the sampler with outstanding ribs and chicken with the chopped pork.
                      Next to triangle Town Center.

                      1. re: Fu Dee

                        I did Shane's Rib Shack once. I will never, never make that mistake again. It wasn't simply bad BBQ, it was bad food. And I like ribs. A lot.