As a native of North Carolina with more than 30 years of experience working in restaurants, pit boss Vernon Griffin knows the difference between cooked pork and proper barbecue. He incorporates influences from North Carolina?style barbecue, hickory-smoking and slow-cooking the meats until they?re shot through with bold flavor and tenderness. His menu of down-home favorites, like Buffalo Bill's lunchbox, is full of hand-pulled pork, smoked brisket, and Brunswick stew, simmered for hours.
Owners Jerry and Kathy Hart opened Ole Time Barbecue in 1993; for Jerry, it was the fruition of a meaty dream. As a small child he helped his grandfather Quillie cook barbecue, learning patience as well as the family recipe in the slow-cooking process. The menu stands as a testament to Quillie's traditions. Classic dinners such as the hand-chopped barbecue pork plate and barbecue chicken, fried chicken, and country-style steak (all items $6.99 regular, $7.99 large) please any palate. Combination dinners are available for $9.99 each; all dinners are served with two sides (choose from Southern classics such as fried apple sticks, fried okra, and collards) and Ole Time's famously delicious hushpuppies. For morning birds, breakfast is available from 6 a.m.–10 a.m.
Red Hot and Blue started in Arlington, Virginia in 1988 and was the brainchild of friends Lee Atwater and Don Sundquist. Those early days are reminiscent of Dukes of Hazzard TV show with Pitmaster Sonny McKnight hauling the portable smoker all over the roads of Virginia to avoid the authorities – the health department didn’t allow outdoor smokers. Times have changed but Red Hot and Blue still cook their meat according to the same time-honored tradition – without running from the authorities. The hickory-smoked ribs, pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket, sausage, and seafood are slathered in a variety of Red Hot and Blue’s award-winning sauces that are sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Take a trip to Red Hot and Blue for a large helping of Southern barbecue and hospitality that is sure to keep you coming back for more.
Shane's Rib Shack in Raleigh started with two men, Big Dad and Shane, cooking in the family kitchen. Eventually in grew into a dream of owning a restaurant. Today, Shane's Rib Shack boasts slow-smoked delicacies like Smoked Wings, Smoked 1/2 Chicken, and a Full Rack of Ribs. In addition to these options, Shane's Rib Shack offers their famous Big Dad Sandwich, Boneless Wings, and Shack Potato with BBQ Pork. What makes Shane's Rib Shack extra special is its incredible sauce. Guests are thrilled when they learn they can bring Shane's Rib Shack's Original BBQ Sauce home with them. Shane's sauce is so good, they even have a sauce privacy agreement on their website. Next time you're in Raleigh, be sure to stop in and see what all the fuss is about.
Looking for the best barbecue in Raleigh? Then look no further than The Pit. Spearheaded by renowned barbecue expert Bob Garner, The Pit offers an amazing variety of succulent meals for lunch and dinner. Start out with some delicious sides like the Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread, some onion rings or some Fried Green Tomatoes. When you’re on to the main course, you can go traditional with some fried chicken or racks of ribs, or if it all looks good, try a combo! Are you vegetarian? They even have barbecued tofu! There’s something for every barbecue lover at The Pit; with a family-friendly atmosphere, and great food and drinks, how can you go wrong?
The Barbecue Lodge in Raleigh, NC was established in 1979 and has been serving delicious barbecue and fried chicken ever since. The restaurant is open daily and is family friendly. The menu includes many customer favorites like barbecue beef and pork ribs, fried pork chops, and the hamburger steak dinner. The Barbecue Lodge also serves seafood dinners, among them are fried shrimp, fried trout, fried filet of flounder and fried oysters (in season). The restaurant is open from 6am to 9pm daily and also serves breakfast meals including egg and omelet plates with hash browns and toast or biscuits. They offer take-out and catering services.