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best BBQ in Raleigh NC

Hi All,

I am traveling to Duck NC in about 2 weeks and I am looking for some great places close to there and Raleigh for the BEST BBQ! I am asking for holy grail bbq here folks!

Thank you kindly in advance!

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  1. What's your travel route? Please define close.

    In regard to Raleigh, If 30 minutes is close, I think Allen and Son in Hillsborough is among the very best BBQ in the state.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Excellent. I think 30 mins away is fine. I will be traveling from Duck to Raleigh so anywhere along that route is perfect. Thanks so much for the suggestion!

      1. re: Serothra

        If you take Hwy. 64 from the OBX to Raleigh, you will pass by Blackbeard's, near the small town of Conetoe. Do a search on here and you'll find a post with directions to it. FYI, Blackbeard's is open on Sunday (limited hours) a day on which most bbq places are closed. Allen and Son is also closed on Mondays.

      2. re: carolinadawg

        We Chapel Hillians claim Allen and Son as our own. It's much closer to Chapel Hill than Hillsborough.

        1. re: bbqme

          Yeah, I usually describe it as being between CH and Hillsborough...6 miles from downtown CH and 7 miles from downtown H'borough is pretty much equidistant.

      3. diverting to the greenville area might be an idea you have skylight and B's there

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        1. re: chazzer

          Love it folks thanks! Unfortunately I will indeed be there on a monday. I am open to other areas too. I just want some good food in general while on this trip. Anyone know any good places that aren't too touristy in Duck?

          1. re: Serothra

            If you look at the upper right hand corner of this page you'll see the "search" feature. type in things like 'Duck", "Outer Banks" and "OBX" and you'll find previous posts, such as:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844893
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/779909
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/783447

            1. re: carolinadawg

              Thank you so much for educating me on how to use this site. I am brand new and I really appreciate the direction!

            2. re: Serothra

              If you are driving to Raleigh on a Monday then Blackbeard's is not an option - they are open Thursday - Sunday.

              Skylight is open on Mondays. I really like them a great deal, but bear in mind that their offerings are limited and the style is quite pure to their vision. I've brought some folks there who were not happy since the food was much different than what their expectations of bbq (and cornbread) were. That said, I'd eat there anytime - any day in a heartbeat!

              1. re: meatn3

                Skylight is some of the best BBQ I had in state, but I don't know what to make of that cornbread. I love that you see the guy chopping in the window as people order. Is B's BBQ open on Monday? If so that may be a good bet also very good but better choice of sides.

                1. re: chazzer

                  If you want BBQ go to Skylight, if you want sides, there are plenty of alternatives, but the BBQ will play catchup.Sides are called sides for a reason. If you can find Jack Cobb's open in Farmville, you can get some great BBQ there as well.

                  1. re: fredb2548

                    Cobb's actually has excellent collards and killer little mini pecan and sweet potato pies for dessert- but they aren't open early in the week, either.

                    IIRC, B's is not open on Monday.