Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An Introduction to Lexington 'Cue

On Tuesday, we ate barbecue three times before 1p.m. It was glorious. This was a fast introduction into Lexington 'cue, but we barely scratched the surface. There are sixteen barbecue joints in this town with a population of around 20,000. Each one a little different and with its own loyal following. We'll be in Lexington until Friday and will continue our education in the Piedmont style of barbecue. 

The smell of smoke fills the air around the Lexington Barbecue building,  Tuesday, November 15, 2011. (photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)

Lexington Barbecue's dark red dip drips from a chopped sandwich with slaw. (photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)
Tar Heel Q, Lexington, North Carolina. (photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)

Hush puppies at Tar Heel Q (photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)

Chopped barbecue plate with fries and white slaw at Tar Heel Q. (photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)

Pork skin at Backcountry Barbecue. An entire sandwich filled with this savory treat is available while supply lasts each day. (photo by Denny Culbert/ The Barbecue Bus)


  1. It's called Lexington Style for a reason. Because it is. It is NOT piedmont style, or western style or any other style other than Lexington Style. Hope you enjoyed it. It's the best.

  2. I suspect that picture of the stacks is from the roof of Lexington Barbecue #1 or "Monk's" as the locals call it. Seriously the best in the region. I drive over an hour from Charlotte every few weeks to feast there.

    Hey, you guys doin' South Carolina too? Check out Sweatman's in Holly Hill, S.C. Amazing stuff there, made me a mustard sauce convert. Also, try Keaton's in Statesville, N.C. if you're out that way. It's not pit cooked pork but their chicken is unbelievable. Best of luck in the Carolina's, boys!

  3. Henry, the stacks are indeed at Monk's. Thanks for following our adventure. Unfortunately we won't be getting to S.C. on this trip.

  4. You have to get to Lexington Style Trimmings (1513 E Center St Ext, Lexington, NC 27292 (336)249-8211). Excellent Lexington Q and fixins, and the BEST hushpuppies on the planet! Oh, and the sweet tea at all of the restaurants is definitely worth mentioning. Around here, there is tea, and there is BBQ restaurant tea. I live in Lexington, so eating BBQ is really nothing special (until i went away to college and couldn't have it whenever i wanted!) It took me years to realize how special we are to have this as a home-town cuisine. Until I was about 20, i didn't know there was anything BUT red slaw, lol.