Where to find Winston’s Best BBQ

Where to find Winston’s Best BBQ

Whether you are looking for vinegar or ketchup-based BBQ, the greater Winston-Salem area has it. So order an extra side of hush puppies and a large sweet tea, because you’ll find some of the best BBQ in the state.

Updated October 2021

Mr. Barbecue

Casual Southern BBQ joint since 1962, serving smoked-meat platters, classic sides & sandwiches. There is always a line at Mr. Barbecues so be prepared to wait for this delicious ketchup-based BBQ. Mr. Barbecue is one of the few restaurants in the area that still maintains the tradition of cooking pork exclusively over a wood-burning pit.

ADDRESS | 1381 Peters Creek Pkwy
HOURS | 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday).

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Honky Tonk Smokehouse

Honky Tonk Smokehouse is a small, locally-owned restaurant serving Texas- or Memphis-style BBQ. All meats are hand-rubbed with a special spice blend. The meat rests a day before being slow-cooked over a hickory fire. Top their mouth-watering brisket with their homemade sauces.

ADDRESS | 145 Jonestown Rd
HOURS |  Tue-Wed 11 AM – 7:30 PM & Thurs-Sat 11 AM – 8 PM

Little Richards

Little Richard’s serves good ole’ NC-style BBQ. Their fresh pork shoulders are hickory-smoked for sixteen hours “the old-fashioned way” and their recipes have been handed down for generations. Each of their four locations are family-owned and operated by members of the first and second generations of the Karagiorgis family.

Winston-Salem: 109 S Stratford Rd
Clemmons: 6470 Stadium Dr
Walkertown: 5182 Reidsville Rd
Yadkinville: 916 S State St
HOURS | vary by location

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Camel City BBQ Factory

Located downtown, Camel City BBQ factory offers pulled pork, brisket & local draft beers in an industrial-style venue with arcade games and an outdoor patio. They are best known for their brisket, large portions and excellent service.

ADDRESS | 701 N Liberty St
HOURS | Mon-Sun 11 AM-9 PM

Real Q

Like Mr. Barbecue, Real Q still cooks their pork over wood-burning grills. The sign on their store even says, “If it ain’t over wood, it ain’t as good.” They are a classic old-school Lexington-style barbecue joint.

ADDRESS | 4885 Country Club Rd
HOURS | M-Sat 10:30 AM – 8 PM

Prissy Pollys

Prissy Pollys, located in Kernersville, is a counter-serve restaurant dishing up Eastern- and Lexington-style BBQ. It might take you a few minutes to order because their menu is so extensive. They also offer live music on both Thursday and Sunday.

ADDRESS | 729 NC Highway 66 South
HOURS | M-Sat 11 AM – 8 PM

Lexington BBQ

Many claim this restaurant has the best pulled pork in the state! Not only is their vinegar-based barbeque excellent, but their hospitality and service are fantastic. 

ADDRESS | 100 Smokehouse Ln, Lexington, NC 27295
HOURS | M-Sun 10 AM – 9 P

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