Monk: Lexington, NC is the barbecue capital of North Carolina (don’t @ me, eastern North Carolinians) with a legit claim as barbecue capital of the world. In a town of just under 19,000 resident, there have at times been upwards of 19 or 20 barbecue restaurants, giving it an impressive ratio of 1 barbecue restaurant per 1,000 residents (though a few have since closed since those heights).
But outside of Lexington Barbecue and Bar-B-Q Center and a select few, how good are the others? That’s what I set out to find so I could definitively answer that question for myself. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Lexington Big Board.
Updated 12/9; added Stamey’s Barbecue of Tyro
- Lexington Barbecue
- Bar-B-Q Center
- Rick’s Smokehouse new
- Speedy’s Barbecue
- Smiley’s Lexington Barbecue
- Backcountry Barbeque coming soon
Still to try
- Lexington Style Trimmings
Any restaurants I’m missing? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org