3 Of The Best BBQ Joints In Raleigh

With Raleigh being the 10th, most moved to city in the nation, we thought it would be beneficial to share with you 3 of the best BBQ joints in Raleigh. The capitol of NC is justifiably called the City of Oaks due to the multitude of Oak Trees lining the streets and outskirts of Raleigh. And where there is Oak, there is good smokey BBQ. If you’re in the mood for some authentic BBQ as you tour homes in Raleigh, here is a list of 3 really awesome BBQ restaurants.

BBQ Culture

BBQ is taken pretty seriously around here. Almost a religion.  We eat it in local dives, at college football games, at cookouts and  church picnics. We usually chase it with sweet tea, enjoying it with friends, families and strangers alike.  BBQ is part of our culture for sure.

The Pitt

First stop on our Raleigh BBQ tour is The Pitt,  proudly serving authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked Eastern-style barbecue, accompanied with all the traditional Southern sides you can imagine. One of their most popular dishes is their Big Boy Burger served with  two house-ground brisket patties, western BBQ sauce, brisket, pulled pork, pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion straws!

The Pit absolutely does not fall into the “hole in the wall” category of restaurants. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and you can enjoy a craft cocktail while listening to live music outside.  The prices are fair and they serve biscuits and hushpuppies with the meal.  A real winner! You can learn more about the pit on their Website


Ole Time BBQ

The next stop is by far one of the best hidden gems in Raleigh and one of those classic hole-in-the-wall roadside BBQ joints.  Ole Time BBQ is located slightly out of downtown on Hillsborough Street. This vintage spot will make you feel as if you stepped inside someone’s home that’s been untouched for decades. Greeted by the friendly staff, upon seating you’ll be delivered a serving of Hush Puppies which is always a plus. The ribs are very popular, cooked to perfection and so flavorful. The portions offered are a good size, the staff is very friendly and the prices are affordable.  Be sure to save room for dessert, especially the banana pudding which is made fresh daily. Old Time BBQ is truly a Raleigh staple that’s small in size but big on an ole time classic Southern traditional barbecue experience. You can learn more on their Website

Clyde Cooper’s BBQ

Our last stop on the Raleigh BBQ Tour is Clyde Cooper’s BBQ,  a downtown Raleigh icon since 1938 earning them bragging rights for  being one of the oldest restaurants in the Capitol city. You can feel the old school ambience as you step through the doors confirming that you have indeed touched the heart of the south where BBQ truly is a tradition.

Besides the atmosphere, their food is the main reason it’s one of the longest running barbecue joints in North Carolina.  The chopped barbecue and fried chicken plates accompanied with collards or their famous Brunswick stew is simply delicious. They continue to be beyond affordable making this an overall winner! So if you’re looking for a Raleigh landmark, put Clyde Cooper’s on your top barbecue joints in Raleigh list to visit. You can learn more Website

Hopefully you’ll have a chance to try 3 of the best BBQ joints in Raleigh or maybe even take a tour of your own. Whether it’s the BBQ , the warmer climate or the affordable cost of living, that attracts you to Raleigh, my team is here to help you find the perfect house.  Feel free to contact me on my website and connect on Facebook and Instagram.