I had dinner at Blue Mist Barbecue. It's located on I-64 East, near Asheboro. I usually eat there on my way to and from the Zoo, maybe twice a year.
It's strange that nobody ever mentions Blue Mist. It's been around since 1948, apparently, and serves authentic pit-cooked barbecue. They have a smokehouse round the back. No gas, involved. They also serve a large and better than average diner menu, and a nice array of fixings; I especially like their bell-pepper-infused baked beans.
In terms of value nothing beats it. The cue plate is $7 but the portion is massive. My wife and I packed up about half our meal and intend to make a second dinner of it tonight.
It seems to me that Blue Mist should be better known and more celebrated.
Passing through Siler City I also see some promising eats: Smithfield BBQ and Johnson's, an age-old burger joint. Any comments on these?
Here's some press on Johnson's: