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Feb 23, 2012 06:16 AM

B.B.Q near Raleigh

Anyone have a recommendation for good B.B.Q. near Raleigh? Preferably nearer to the airport area.


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  1. Allen and Son is located at exit 266 on I-40, about a mile off the interstate. Thats 18 miles from the airport exit. Well worth the drive.

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    1. re: carolinadawg


      There isn't any GOOD bbq to be had close to the airport.

      1. re: ToothTooth

        I should no better than to ask for good places near airports. How about expanding my base to around 15 miles?

      2. re: carolinadawg

        Alas, they seem to be closed on Thursday evenings. Thanks anyway.

        1. re: davhealy

          I think they're open until 8:00 on Thursday, if thats late enough. They do close at 5:00 on mentioned both days in different posts.

      3. Smokey's BBQ is fairly close to the airport and opened Thurs. til 7:30.
        Not NC style, but it is quite good!

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        1. re: meatn3

          Alas, they are closed on Tuesday evenings.

          1. re: davhealy

            Oops, thought you had mentioned Thursdays!

          2. re: meatn3

            I've only had their pork bbq but I must say that Smokey's pork bbq is, indeed, tasteless in its own non-NC style and a waste of time.

            Allen & Sons can't be beat in the Triangle area, but a little closer to the airport is a VERY GOOD second choice: Backyard BBQ Pit.


            1. re: ToothTooth

              I've had their ribs and thought they were quite good.
              It has been a few years since their hours seldom mesh with mine.

              1. re: meatn3

                Yeah, go for their ribs first, and their smoked wings are tasty too. The brisket can be good too. I also give their sides a big thumbs up, it's all good.

                1. re: bbqme

                  I forgot about the brisket - it was good!

          3. Allen & Son's is definitely the place to go. The map says 21 miles from the airport. Failing that, I would recommend The Pig in Chapel Hill (18 miles from airport). Good variety of options, great side dishes. I love that place.

            I haven't tried Smokey's or Backyard BBQ Pit, but those are definitely closer to the airport.

            1. I like Danny's BBQ in their Cary location on Ashville Ave. Didn't even know they had two other locations.

              Good luck.


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              1. re: supernc

                Not sure if this is important to the OP or not, but Danny's isn't NC style bbq either. Its "Florida style" whatever that means.

                1. re: ToothTooth

                  Add the table sauce of your choice...make it any 'style' you choose..easy.

              2. I have been a fan of The Pit, its down town. If Clyde Coopers hasn't been demolished yet it is, likely was fantastic.

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                1. re: johnmcdougall

                  Thanks for all of your recommendations. Due to time constraints, I guess it will have to be "The Pit".
                  Thanks again

                  1. re: davhealy

                    Since there are time constraints, make a reservation! There is often a wait of 1/2 hour or more for walk-ins. Just an FYI, this is gussied up BBQ - meaning higher price and fancier digs than you would normally expect. If you are driving allow a little extra time to find parking as it is limited near The Pit.