Lexington and Eastern NC BBQ in one weekend

Lexington BBQ tray

I managed to eat at two iconic BBQ restaurants in North Carolina in one weekend featuring two of the most popular types of North Carolina barbecue.

On the first night, I made a stop at Lexington Barbecue, the most legendary of the Lexington-style barbecue restaurants in Lexington, NC. The image at the top of this post is from Lexington Barbecue : hush puppies, slaw, chopped barbecue and Cheerwine.

The next afternoon I was in Ayden, North Carolina at the equally iconic Skylight Inn BBQ, eastern-North Carolina style whole-hog barbecue. There was a line in mid-afternoon that moved quickly to the chop-chop of barbecue on the cutting board. I had pretty much the same meal as in Lexington except instead of hushpuppies, I had the flat cornbread the Skylight Inn serves.

There was also a huge supply wood behind the restaurant for its wood-fired cooking.

Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina.
Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina.

Which is better? Lemme taste both again.