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BBQ between Winston-Salem and Clemson

jcantin Jan 22, 2011 10:11 AM

Will be driving from W-S to Clemson in a few weeks. Looking forward to your bbq recs along the way.

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    jla1960 RE: jcantin Jan 22, 2011 11:33 AM

    Lexington BBQ in Lexington, NC is excellent, as is Bridges BBQ Lodge in Shelby, NC (about a 15 to 20 minute detour off I-85).

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      Sue in Mt P RE: jla1960 Jan 24, 2011 06:47 AM

      I wholly agree.

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        Nocturnalbill RE: Sue in Mt P Jan 25, 2011 05:42 AM

        Thirding the Lexington #1 and Bridge's BBQ Lodge Recs. Worth the the trip.

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          slotmansc RE: Nocturnalbill Jan 26, 2011 03:29 AM

          None better than Lexington #1, (dreaming of their coarse outside brown now, while I'm in Wisconsin) and IMHO I think Alston Bridges BBQ near downtown Shelby is better than Red's, but it's a bit more off the beaten path from 85.

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            arbyunc RE: slotmansc Jan 26, 2011 04:20 AM

            Most locals will tell you Lexington #1 would hardly crack the top 5 in Lexington. Speedy's is probably considered by most to be the best. Jimmy's is also consistently very good, and it's located right off of I-85. Also Kerley's and Backcountry BBQ are both better than Lex #1 IMO.

    2. slotmansc RE: jcantin Jan 25, 2011 05:17 AM

      I've actually had decent pulled and coarse chop, lexington style 'q at Carolina BBQ, off business 85 and hearon circle in spartanburg. It's not out of your way at all. They do use wood.

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        Nocturnalbill RE: jcantin Jan 25, 2011 05:44 AM

        We are assuming that you're taking 85 all the way, and not 40 to 26. This is correct, yes?

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          jcantin RE: Nocturnalbill Jan 26, 2011 04:48 AM

          That's TBD and suggestions are welcome. Looks to be about 30 min longer going 40/26 but if that route is more scenic or interesting I would take it.

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            LarrE RE: jcantin Jan 26, 2011 07:38 PM

            try "Lancasters" in Mooresville (a little hard to find...just ask)
            also "Old Hickory House" near hwy 49 and hwy 29 in Charlotte

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              Nocturnalbill RE: jcantin Jan 28, 2011 04:31 AM

              You would really have to take the real back roads to have scenic/interesting. 221 is a relatively scenic drive, but waaaaaaaaay out of the way. Does run way down towards Clemson though.

          2. picklelicious RE: jcantin Jan 29, 2011 07:21 AM

            For a slightly different type of Q, there's a place off I 40 between Mocksville and Statesville named Keaton's that does a pretty mean bbq chicken. It's literally in the middle of nowhere, but a fun place to visit and eat.

            I personally wouldn't recommend Lancaster's or Old Hickory House given all the options you have, but everyone has different tastes when it comes to Q.


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              Littleman RE: picklelicious Jan 29, 2011 07:37 AM

              Get off I 40 at Exit 86 at Marion, NC and go N on Highway 226. Go right on Rutherford Road to Countryside BBQ for outstanding BBQ for lunch or dinner. They also serve breakfast on Saturday. Get off I 40 at Exit 103 at Morganton, NC and go S on Burkemont Avenue to Butch's BBQ for a good breakfast, lunch or dinner.

              Countryside BBQ @ 2070 Rutherford Road, Marion, NC. 828 - 652 - 4885.
              Butch's BBQ & Restaurant @ 1234 Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC 828 - 432 - 5040.

              Get off I 40 at Exit 162 at Cleveland, NC and go 2 miles S on Highway 64 to Woodleaf Road. Take a left and go 2.2 miles to Keaton's for oustanding BBQ.

              Keaton's BBQ @ 17365 Cool Springs Road, Cleveland, NC. 704 - 278 - 1619.

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