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The Story of BBQ in North Carolina Exhibit
3/18 - 5/26/2020

In North Carolina, we love our tasty, regional, home-grown barbecue. From the earliest history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods, North Carolina has a proud barbecue tradition, featured at family and community gatherings across the state. Whether at a backyard grill, a community event, or a traditional wood-fired pit at a local restaurant, delicious barbecue can be found in every North Carolina county and in every corner of our history.


The Story of BBQ in North Carolina explores how growing and cultivating hogs emerged in North Carolina. The exhibit also fuels the east versus west debate about sauces and condiments, even as it explains that the eastern vinegar base and the western tomato ketchup enhanced versions really are not that different.

JoCo BBQ Trail

Fred Chason’s Grandsons

1273 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC

(919) 934-4336


Holt Lake BBQ & Seafood

3506 US Hwy 301 S., Smithfield, NC

(919) 934-0148


Meadow Village Restaurant

7400 NC Hwy 50 S., Benson, NC

(919) 894-5430


The Redneck BBQ Lab

12101 NC Hwy 210 B, Benson, NC

(919) 938-8334


Robbins Nest

121 US Hwy 70-A, Selma, NC

(919) 965-5522


Smithfield’S Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q

924 N. Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC

(919) 934-8721


Stephenson’s Bar-B-Q

11964 NC Hwy 50 N., Willow Spring, NC

(919) 894-4530


Stormin’ Norman’s Barbecue

404 S. Church St., Kenly, NC

(919) 284-0061


White Swan Bar-B-Q

3198 US Hwy 301 S., Smithfield, NC

(919) 934-8913

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