Being story tellers, and having the chance to tag along on a Barbecue legends tour was a sensational experience. We went on an Eastern Carolina Barbecue tour with our friends and food branding aficionados, The Plaid Penguin, Chef Jim Noble and his team for the (not quite open yet at that point) restaurant Noble Smoke. In order, here are the places we visited:
Sam Jones BBQ
Skylight Inn Barbecue
The last two are not linked because we couldn’t find a website, but a quick google search will point you in the right direction. They both have been featured in Our State, with Grady’s BBQ here, and B’s Barbecue here.
Mind you, we’re always busy scurrying around finding “THE angle” or trying to be in five different places at once while these tours are going on – so our note taking skills have to fall to the wayside. With that in mind, we would love to tell you exactly all the stories, processes, and labors of love that were relayed to our group those days – but we CAN tell you that each person involved brought years of passion to everything they do. We’re not just talking owners – each person involved has their part to play and carry traditions, secret recipes, and a love for the food that was passed down to them. They eat, sleep, and live the practices of their restaurants and it shows (both in their food and in the the way their faces light up when you engage them on their part of the story).
Did we have a favorite? Quick answer is NO. They were all awesome in their own right, and don’t forget we are Libras, so don’t ask us to make a choice. We recommend you do your own tour of Eastern NC, and visit these places to see for yourself. Sam Jones, for example is bigger and slicker, but he’s also a 3rd generation barbecue master. The others are smaller, you would probably pass them by without blinking if you didn’t know they existed, but they are WELL WORTH stopping by. Just ask the long line of locals who come and support every day. I mean, if you have a road named after your restaurant, you’re doing something right, right?