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Where to Get the Best North Carolina-Style BBQ on the Outer Banks

Where to Get the Best North Carolina-Style BBQ on the Outer Banks

When it comes to BBQ in the Outer Banks, locals and visitors alike are particular about their meat. Luckily, the area has some excellent options that do it right. From slow-cooked pork to vinegar-based sauces, you will want to take advantage of these authentic Eastern-style BBQ spots.


North Carolina-style BBQ refers to cooking and flavoring pork, typically the whole hog, using a vinegar-based sauce often flavored with spices such as red pepper flakes and black pepper.

Pigman's BBQ in Kill Devil Hills

Pigman’s mission is to make every customer squeal with delight through their hand-crafted BBQ and southern hospitality. And boy, do they deliver. They use a vinegar-based sauce for pork BBQ that’s a little tangy due to the vinegar and other secret ingredients, depending on the cook. If you’re in the mood for beef, their brisket is smoked, pulled, and served with a ketchup-based sauce sweeter than the vinegar-based type. They also serve ribs, chicken, turkey BBQ, and more. For the full experience, pair your meat with some hush puppies or coleslaw on the side.

High Cotton in Kitty Hawk

For some of the best Eastern North Carolina BBQ in the OBX, High Cotton is the place to be. They serve up vinegar-based BBQ blended with various spices, depending on which restaurant or roadside BBQ joint you visit. Their pork BBQ is slow-cooked and mixed with a vinegar-based sauce that’s tangy and delicious. On the other hand, their beef BBQ is pulled and smoked brisket served with a ketchup-based sauce that’s sweeter than the vinegar-based type. If you’re a fan of chicken, try their smoked chicken, which is perfectly seasoned and smoked to perfection.

Sooey's BBQ in Duck, Corolla, and Nags Head

Sooey’s is the home of authentic Eastern NC Barbeque, locally owned and operated. They’ve carefully perfected their special family recipe for over 50 years, so you know you’re in good hands. They serve up a range of options, including pulled pork, beef brisket, and smoked chicken, all cooked low and slow. Their vinegar-based sauce is a must-try. Their traditional side dishes, like baked beans and coleslaw, perfectly accompany any meat.

Carolina BBQ in Manteo

The owner of Carolina BBQ has been learning the craft of pit barbecue since he was 16. His restaurant takes BBQ seriously, producing delicious traditional North Carolina-style BBQ. His menu also offers a wide variety of sides to accompany your BBQ (like the in-house made cracklins), chicken, beef brisket, and other grill favorites. 

Corolla Village BBQ in Corolla

Corolla Village BBQ is a restaurant located in Corolla, North Carolina that offers a variety of barbecue dishes, including pork, beef, and chicken. They smoke their meats on-site using hickory wood and serve them with a range of traditional barbecue sides, such as coleslaw, baked beans, and mac and cheese. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating and offers takeout and catering services.

Currituck BBQ Company in Barco

Where to Get the Best North Carolina-Style BBQ on the Outer Banks

Currituck BBQ Company is located on the Currituck Mainland, off of US-158. You may have passed it on your way to the Outer Banks. They specialize in traditional Eastern North Carolina-style BBQ. They serve a variety of smoked meats, including pork, chicken, and brisket, along with classic sides such as hushpuppies, collard greens, and baked beans. Their selection of homemade desserts is worth trying! They also have many different sauces you can try on whatever meat you choose. 


Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the OBX, you will want to experience the area’s incredible BBQ scene. From Pigman’s to Currituck BBQ company and everything in between, you will surely find a spot that satisfies your craving for authentic North Carolina-style BBQ. Just make sure to pair it with some slaw and sweet tea for the full experience.

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