I will be in eastern and middle North Carolina in a few weeks and I would love to hit some of the best BBQ places along my journey. I have a list of about 20 places I would love to get to but unfortunately there will just be no way to get them all in during this 36 hour car trip (from roughly the Greenville/Ayden area to Lexington/Winston-Salem). If you were forced to choose a couple places in Greenville/Ayden that best represent Eastern NC BBQ which would they be? Skylight Inn and Bum's? What about B's? What about Jack Cobb's? My thinking is Skylight and Bums since they are very close to each other and it would minimize time but I want to hit the best one or two.
Same question for the Raleigh Durham/Chapel Hill area. Im told if you go ANYWHERE you MUST go to Allen & Son. Is it that good? Anywhere else? Best two or three in that area.
And finally Lexington where I can better concentrate visits because of the density of the Lexington BBQ places. Best 2 or 3 there that best represents the native Cue. Thanks for your help!