I just read the entire discussion group "50 things to eat in NC (188 replies)" here on the Southeast Chowhounds. I understand the best BBQ places like Parker's and Allen and Son's keep getting mentioned.( Allen and Son's is my favorite one)
But one place that I reached out to try is really as outstanding. It is the Pik and Pig in Carthage NC.
They cook all Boston Butts over hard wood. And there just happens to be an airport for piper cubs and the such to watch landing and taking off. The food is outstanding and all the locals pack the place.
So if you have Christmas guests in from out of town I highly recommend it for a day trip.
Supernc-and yes I cook a mean Butt and am BBQ snob
Pik N Pig
194 Gilliam McConnell Rd, Carthage, NC 28327