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Jan 22, 2011 10:11 AM

BBQ between Winston-Salem and Clemson

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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  1. 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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      1. re: Sue in Mt P

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

        1. re: Nocturnalbill

          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.

          1. re: slotmansc

            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.

    1. 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.

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

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        1. re: Nocturnalbill

          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.

          1. re: jcantin

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

            1. re: jcantin

              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. 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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            1. re: picklelicious

              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.