Introducing: The Lexington Big Board

Monk: Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that I quietly posted my Lexington rankings a few months back through the top navigation bar. Before the pandemic hit, it was my pet project to hit all of the current Lexington-area barbecue restaurants for my definitive* Lexington rankings. I’ve been a longtime fan of Lexington Barbecue and in recent years, The Barbecue Center. But as the self-proclaimed “Barbecue Capital of the World” (one of many cities claiming that title, it should be noted) boasting at times one barbecue restaurant per 1,000 restaurants (though this is not currently the case), I needed to explore the others to understand the quality and depth of the other restaurants.

I’ve broken the 14 restaurants I’ve reviewed thus far into three tiers. Someday I will get to the curiously named Lexington Trimmings for completeness sake but in the meantime, here is the most definitive list of Lexington-area barbecue restaurants on the internet*. Ladies and gentlemen, the Lexington Big Board.

*one man’s opinion
**that I know of

Tier 1

  1. Lexington Barbecue
  2. Bar-B-Q Center
  3. Rick’s Smokehouse
  4. Speedy’s Barbecue
  5. Smiley’s Lexington Barbecue
  6. Backcountry Barbeque

I need to revisit both Smiley’s and Speedy’s asap, as they may no longer be in business for too much longer as a result of the NC Department of Transportation widening Highway 8 that they both sit on. Also, both were reviewed very early in this blog’s life and while I really enjoyed both, I’ve had a lot of barbecue since.

Tier 2

  1. Speedy Lohr’s Barbecue
  2. Smokey Joe’s Barbecue
  3. Tarheel Q
  4. Cook’s Barbecue
  5. Arcadia Q

To my knowledge, all of these places smoke over wood with no gas or electricity but are just a notch below the best of the best in Lexington.

Tier 3

  1. Stamey’s Barbecue of Tyro
  2. Kerley’s Barbecue
  3. Randy’s Restaurant

Of the bottom tier, Kerley’s and Randy’s don’t smoke over wood and it shows in the actual barbecue.

Still to try

Lexington Trimmings

Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments or email us at barbecuebros@gmail.com.

Friday Find: Adventures of A+K Explore Eastern vs. Western (Lexington) style

Monk: YouTube Vloggers Andrew and Kathryn, also known as The Adventures of A+K, live in a sprinter van, and document their adventures on the road. They are both Texas natives but recently made a trip across North Carolina to try our two types of barbecue – eastern and western/Lexington-style – at our two most famous barbecue restaurants: Skylight Inn in Ayden and and Lexington Barbecue in Lexington. They are both novices to North Carolina barbecue and lacked some of the proper barbecue vocabulary to describe the food (not to mention they didn’t mix the slaw with the barbecue!) but were very much open to it and, in the end, both preferred one style over the other (no spoilers).

Description:
A couple months ago we heard about the North Carolina BBQ Trail, which is a route across the state of North Carolina with 21 BBQ stops. We love BBQ, so we knew we had to try it! North Carolina has two styles of BBQ: Eastern Style and Western/Lexington Style. In this vlog we road tripped 3 hours across the state of North Carolina to try one spot for each style!


STOPS
Skylight Inn BBQ (Ayden): https://www.yelp.com/biz/skylight-inn…
Jubala Coffee (Raleigh): https://www.yelp.com/biz/jubala-villa…
Lexington BBQ (Lexington): https://goo.gl/maps/JZUpkmd6tinpjAvy5

How to Order Takeout from Our Favorite NC Barbecue Restaurants (Piedmont and West)

Monk: We featured our favorite Charlotte barbecue restaurants and how to order takeout from them earlier this week, and in this post we are featuring our favorite restaurants from the Piedmont and western part of the state.

Please note: As everything is pretty much a fluid situation these days, please call ahead or check on social media to ensure that the restaurant is open and serving.

Apple City BBQ (Taylorsville)
Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm
Check their Facebook page for details on how to order

Barbecue Center (Lexington)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm
Call ahead to place order (336) 248-4633

BBQ King (Lincolnton)
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm
Call ahead to place order: (704) 735-1112

Buxton Hall Barbecue (Asheville)
Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 7pm Closed as of 4/1
Link to order online or call ahead to place order: (828) 232 7216

Hubba Hubba Smokehouse (Flat Rock)
Thursday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm
Link to order online or call ahead: (828) 595-9849

Hursey’s Bar-B-Q (Burlington, Mebane, Graham)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm
Link to order online plus drive-thru, delivery via GrubHub, or call ahead to order (336) 226-1694

Lexington Barbecue (Lexington)
Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm
Call ahead to place order: (336) 249-9814

Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge (Shelby)
Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm
Call ahead to order: (704) 482-8567

Stamey’s Barbecue (Greensboro)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 9pm
Link to order online or drive-thru

The Smoke Pit (Concord)
Monday to Saturday, 11am to 8pm
Link to order online or call ahead: (704) 795-7573

How to Order Takeout from Our Favorite Charlotte Barbecue Restaurants during Stay at Home

Monk: As of Thursday at 8am, Mecklenburg County is enforcing a Stay at Home order effective until at least April 16. Thankfully, residents are still allowed to go to a restaurant “for take-out, delivery or drive-thru.” As hard as restaurants have already been hit, this will be even more of a blow for those that are trying to stay open through these weird times.

Thusly, if we are able, we should do all we can to support our local barbecue restaurants if we want them to still be around after the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s a list of our five favorite Charlotte options based on our Charlotte Big Board.

Please note: As everything is pretty much a fluid situation these days, please call ahead or check on social media to ensure that the restaurant is open and serving.

1. Jon G’s Barbecue
March 28th is sold out but stay tuned to their Facebook page for future events
Link to Facebook page

2. Noble Smoke
Monday to Sunday, 10:30am to 8pm
Link to order online

3. Sweet Lew’s Barbecue (available curbside at Dish until Sweet Lew’s reopens on 5/7)
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm
Call ahead to order: (704) 344-0343 (delivery also available)⁠⠀

4. Midwood Smokehouse (Central Ave, Park Road, and Ballantyne locations only)
Monday to Sunday, 11:00am to 8:00pm
Link to order online

5. Bill Spoon’s Barbecue
Monday to Wednesday, 10:30am to 3pm; Thursday to Saturday, 10:30am to 8pm
Call ahead to order: (704) 525-8865