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Winston-Salem Barbecue Restaurants

In a diverse city like Winston-Salem, barbecue restaurants are never too far away when discussions turn to local cuisine. Folks in North Carolina crave their smoked meat, and there are plenty of restaurants in the Twin City that cater to BBQ lovers. Here are some of the best Winston-Salem barbecue restaurants:

Little Richard’s Lexington BBQ

With a pompadoured porcine mascot inviting patrons to “Eat Mo’ Pig,” it’s not hard to figure out that pork is the specialty of the house at Little Richard’s Lexington BBQ. Whether you like sliced, smoked pork, pulled meat on a sandwich or slathered ribs, Little Richard’s is the place locals love. Lexington-style barbecue uses a light vinegar-based sauce with some tomato, and cole slaw is usually included on sandwiches. Ribs, which are not a mainstay in Lexington BBQ, are served only on Wednesdays.

Bib’s Downtown

Pitmaster Mark Little brings a mix of tradition and innovation to his barbecue, delivering old-time favorites as well as nouveau concoctions with a modern twist. Some of his more offbeat specials have included smoked pork loin stuffed with smoked sausage. The sleek downtown location reflects the restaurant’s updated vibe, even boasting a banquet space, The Hickory Room. Don’t miss the Stuffed Tater, filled with meat, cheese, butter and bacon.

Hill’s Lexington Barbecue

Another popular entry in the Lexington-style of barbecue is Hill’s Lexington Barbecue. Chopped, sliced or pulled, the smoked pork here is the centerpiece of the menu. The cole slaw is a favorite here, and you can choose between the local version – which has barbecue sauce mixed in – or regular. The smoked hot dogs are also a top pick.

Mr. Barbecue

Don’t be fooled by the generic name and slightly sketchy building – Mr. Barbecue is a popular stop for Winston-Salem locals who enjoy authentic-style North Carolina BBQ. Dine in or take out, opt for a sandwich or a whole tray of food. Don’t skip the deep-fried hush puppies!

Blue Smoke The Barbecue Truth

You know the folks at Blue Smoke are serious about their ‘que, because they call themselves The Barbecue Truth! The cavernous main dining area lets you know plenty of Winston-Salem residents belly up to their tables for a heaping plate full of smoked pork, beef, chicken and other barbecue favorites. Don’t miss the tomato and green onion grits; it’s comfort food with a kick.

Tell Us About Your Favorite Winston-Salem Barbecue Restaurant!

Posted on February 24, 2012 by Christopher Lloyd
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