The North Carolina Barbecue Society Historic BBQ Trail - NCBS
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NCBS has designed a barbecue trail from Eastern North Carolina to Tennessee. The trail will meander across the state with stops at 20 NCBS Historic Barbecue Pits. These pits were carefully and selectively chosen by the NCBS board as representatives of the distinctive methods and barbecue cooking styles that have made North Carolina the Barbecue Capital of the World. Each NCBS Historic Barbecue Pit still cooks the old fashioned pit cooked method. And each NCBS Historic Barbecue Pit will proudly display a specially designed emblem depicting old style barbecue cooking that is part of the tradition, heritage and culture that NCBS seeks to preserve.

Criteria for selection to the NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail included, among other things, that the NCBS Historic Barbecue Pit cook their meat product on pits fueled by wood or charcoal, make their own sauce, that the pit had operated continuously for twelve or more years, that the end product was a good offering and representative of North Carolina Barbecue and that the pit had earned and enjoyed the high esteem of its community, the barbecue industry and barbecue aficionados. The board decided to only include pits that provide a sit down dining experience for the public and to limit the number of pits on the trail to two per town/city.

The establishment of the NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail will afford visitors to the Old North State an opportunity to sample North Carolina barbecue cooked in the traditional fashion and served by some of the nicest people one could ever hope to meet.

This interactive map will provide you with a photo and link to each individual establishment.
You can also access each from the legend below.

Herb's Pit BBQ, Murphy

Switzerland Café,
Little Switzerland

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Flat Rock

Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby

Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby

Bar-B-Q King,

M&K Barbecue & Country Cooking,
Granite Quarry

The Barbecue Center, Inc.,

Smiley's BBQ,

Real Q,

Fuzzy's, Madison

Richard's Bar-B-Q,

Stamey's Barbecue,

Hursey's Barbecue,

The Pik-n-Pig,

Stephenson's Barbecue,
Willow Springs

Grady's Barbecue,

Wilber's Barbecue,

Bum's BBQ,

Skylight Inn,

B's Barbecue,

NCBS - Historic Pits™ Legend
1 Skylight Inn, Ayden 11 Real Q, Winston-Salem
2 Bum's BBQ, Ayden 12 Smiley's Lexington BBQ, Lexington
3 B's Barbecue, Greenville 13 The Barbecue Center, Inc., Lexington
4 Wilber's Barbecue, Goldsboro 14 Richard's Bar-B-Q, Salisbury
5 Grady's Barbecue, Dudley 15 M&K Barbecue & Country Cooking, Granite Quarry
6 Stephenson's Barbecue, Willow Springs 16 Bar-B-Q King, Lincolnton
7 The Pik-n-Pig, Carthage - Temporarily Closed 17 Switzerland Café, Little Switzerland
8 Hursey's Barbecue, Burlington 18  Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby
9 Stamey's Barbecue, Greensboro 19 Hubba Hubba Smokehouse, Flat Rock
10 Fuzzy's, Madison 20 Herb's Pit BBQ, Murphy
Revised 6/21/2021

Email: ~ Winston-Salem, NC 27104