Way behind schedule on doing my research for this trip and thanks be for the rich archive of posts on the Southeast board to guide me. I'm flying in on Thursday and will be judging the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned contests in Lexington and Edenton. I'm especially excited to try whole hog in Edenton.
Edenton Hog Fest 4/29 & 30
When I first set up this trip, I had thought I'd follow the barbecue trail for the week in between as I made my way from west to east.
But my hosts in Winston-Salem suggested that I check out the Outer Banks, and I making that loop instead and will have more diverse meals. I'll be taking a little break from 'cue in between weekends, it looks like from what I've been reading here.
I'd like to use this thread topic to ask my questions and to aggregate the past threads that are relevant to my itinerary.
First question, where else besides Lexington Barbecue #1 should I try in town? The cook-off organizers sent me a list of the 16 bbq restaurants in the Lexington area. The ones that cook in a pit are specified in the brochure and I've linked them below. The same info can be found online here:
Barbecue Center and Speedy Lohr's of Arcadia are also on the trail map. The others don't get talked about much and I'm wondering if there's a hidden gem there. Also I'm curious about skin sandwiches --- does the skin get crunchy enough or just hard?
While the competitors will not be offering samples at the Lexington contest, there will be three vendors: Johnsonville Brats Big Taste Grill, Carolina BBQ Company, The Little Red Pig Championship BBQ. Any info on Carolina or Little Red Pig?
900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292
Smokey Joe's Barbecue
1101 S Main St, Lexington, NC 27292
3664 Nc Highway 8, Lexington, NC 27292
366 Valiant Dr, Lexington, NC 27292
4014 Linwood Southmont Rd, Lexington, NC 27292
Smiley's Lexington BBQ
917 Winston Rd, Lexington, NC 27295
Speedy Lohr's B B Q of Arcadia
8000 N Nc Highway 150, Lexington, NC 27295
18466 S. NC Hwy 109, Denton, NC
100 Smokehouse Lane, Lexington, NC 27295