The state of North Carolina is home to a lot of things. The state has beautiful beaches, and some of the best schools in the nation, and is nationally recognized as one of the best places to move to. One other thing that NC has no shortage of is a plethora of amazing barbecue eateries! As a result of that, it should come as no surprise that the state has eight barbecue eateries that made the list for "The South's Top 50 Barbecue Joints" published by a major national publication! In this article, we will reveal what major national publication published the article, which NC barbecue eateries made the list, and which one was ranked the highest!
On January 12, 2023, southernliving.com published an article titled "The South's Top 50 Barbecue Joints". According to the article, the publication started the list back in 2018 and has featured some of the greatest barbecue eateries not just in the southeast - but America! Of course, the list was flooded with eateries from barbecue heavyweights such as South Carolina, Texas, and Missouri. However, another state that had a lot of barbecue eateries on the list is none other than - North Carolina!
North Carolina barbecue eateries that made the list included Bar-B-Q Center in Lexington at #37, Sam Jones Barbecue in Winterville at #30, Prime Barbecue in Knightdale at #27, Stamey's Barbecue in Greensboro at #20, Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby at #18, Grady's Barbecue in Dudley at #16, Lexington Barbecue in Lexington at #8, and the highest ranking barbecue eatery in NC is - Skylight Inn located in Ayden coming in at #4! According to the article, Skylight Inn was founded by Pete Jones as a roadside barbecue and restaurant joint in 1947. His son Bruce, nephew, Jeff, and grandson Sam continue to carry on his legacy to this day!
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