Best barbecue within an hour of Charlotte – October 2022

Monk: The most recent update to the Charlotte Big Board was all the way back in 2019 (and is long overdue), but for this list I wanted to broaden my horizons a little bit. Look for future lists for the Research Triangle and eventually eastern North Carolina.

In alphabetical order:

The Barbecue Center, Lexington

The Barbecue Center is in my top 5 (maybe top 3) of barbecue joints in NC. 900 N Main St, Lexington, NC 27292

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Bar-B-Q King, Lincolnton

At 50 years young, Bar-B-Q King continues to feed it’s community while also making itself worthy of a barbecue pilgrimage for any serious barbecue fan. 2613 E Main St, Lincolnton, NC 28092

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Backcountry Barbecue, Lexington

With Rick’s Smokehouse closing earlier this year, Backcountry Barbecue takes the mantle of most underrated barbecue in Lexington. 4014 Linwood-Southmont Rd, Lexington, NC 27295

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Jon G’s Barbecue, Peachland

Barbecue Saturdays in Peachland are a barbecue experience without parallel in North Carolina. Grab a crew, a cooler of beer, and some tailgate chairs and make a half day (or more) of it. 116 Glenn Falls St, Peachland, NC 28133

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Lexington Barbecue, Lexington

My first, my last, my everything. 100 Smokehouse Ln, Lexington, NC 27295

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Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby

On many days Red Bridges could be considered my favorite barbecue joint in North Carolina. 2000 E Dixon Blvd, Shelby, NC 28150

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Sweet Lew’s BBQ, Charlotte

Sweet Lew’s is located in an old service station in Charlotte (check), cooks over wood (check), and has a mission to serve it’s community beyond simply barbecue (check). It’s worthy of our support, and the food is dang good too. 923 Belmont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

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Others receiving votes: The Smoke Pit (multiple locations), Speedy’s Barbecue (Lexington), Whispering Pines (Albemarle), Noble Smoke (Charlotte)

Who did I miss? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

7 thoughts on “Best barbecue within an hour of Charlotte – October 2022

  1. No doubt, the best BBQ is Hillbillys in Lowell. It’s even better since they moved onto their new location. This coming from me in Lincolnton where BBQ King is the local best. Further north, you gotta try Hickory Smokehouse on the north side of Hickory where their cobbler is the best as well.

  2. Great list, John G is by far the best Texas Style, disappointed in Noble, I would ad Speedy Lohr in Lexington for course chop plate and warm dip.

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