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I love BBQ. I have been fortunate to have lived in some of the best BBQ regions in the US as St. Louis and other states in the Southeast. To define this a bit, the 'Triad' or 'Piedmont' region of NC consists of generally Winston-Salem, Greesboro, Lexington, and High Point. The best areas for BBQ in my opinion are in the Eastern NC and Triad area. To the chagrin of Michelle Obama the worst areas or black holes for BBQ are the Charlotte and Raleigh areas. This is a little more regional of a post, but if you are traveling to the area, try some of these places. There are two styles of NC BBQ: Lexington (often mistakenly called Western NC) and Eastern NC. Lexington style is named after the city. Whereas Texas, Memphis, KC, and St. Louis style BBQ sauces are sweeter this is different from either Lexington or Eastern NC. Both styles are vinegar based and is not really something that many experience outside of NC. What is also unique about NC BBQ is that most all places only focus on pork. Being the largest pork producing state that is why. There also are few places that sell ribs. Pulled, chopped, sliced pork is usually your choice with a side of cole slaw, hush puppies, etc.
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