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Dec 16, 2010 09:22 PM

Wilbers BBQ or McCall's?

On my drive back from Orlando I am going to stop for some NC BBQ one of my stops will be the Skylight Inn and my other will be either Wilbers or McCall's. Which is better?

Skylight Inn
4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC

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  1. Wilber's definitely. McCall's is primarily a buffet.

    Wilber's cooks whole hogs over wood in their pits out back. McCall's uses an indoor type smoker, that IIRC, one of their owners designed.

    If you want what may be the best eastern NC style bbq, you should hunt out Grady's in Dudley. It's out in the sticks, but worth the trip.

    3 Replies
    1. re: goodeatsinadive

      Wilber's without question over McCall's for the reasons stated above. The fried chicken is quite good, too. has a review of Dudley's, I think. It's a solid site with well-written reviews.

      1. re: Tom from Raleigh

        Agreed. If possible skip both, especially McCall's, and hit Grady's instead.

        1. re: Bluemold

          I'll be the contrarian, as usual. I feel like many people dislike buffets just because they are buffets. I'll take everyone's word for it that McCall's barbecue isn't the genuine article, but I liked it at least as much as Skylight Inn. I recommend Wilber's for a sandwich plus a trip to McCall's to compare and contrast. It isn't that one item at the buffet will blow you away but there are 7 or 8 very good choices. You can't go wrong with the usual standards like fried chicken and various dessert items but the most interesting find for me was something that may or may not be crowder peas - an excellent legume of some sort that is like a black eyed pea but red.

          Skylight Inn
          4618 S Lee St, Ayden, NC

    2. Wilber's without a doubt!

      1. Adding links for Wilber's Barbecue, McCall's Barbecue & Seafood, and Grady's Barbecue.

        McCall's Barbecue & Seafood
        139 Millers Chapel Rd, Goldsboro, NC 27534

        Wilber's Barbecue
        4172 US Hwy 70 E, Goldsboro, NC 27534

        Grady's Barbecue
        3096 Arrington Bridge Rd, Dudley, NC