2020 was anticipated to be the year of barbecue in Raleigh. We all know what happened next.
But like the slow process of great barbecue, the wait is worth it for these four new BBQ spots, which all focus on traditional, whole-hog barbecue.
Here’s a status update on the eagerly anticipated ‘cue, and how to get it — even if it’s strictly in takeout clamshells — for the time being.
Sam Jones BBQ
The first to open for dine-in of the new barbecue locations, located in the Warehouse District at 502 W. Lenoir Street. It’s the second location, with the first in Greenville, NC.
Sam Jones is the grandson of Pete Jones, the late pitmaster of Eastern-style barbecue icon, Skylight Inn.
The menu pays homage to the family tradition, with the Pete Jones BBQ Sandwich with Slaw as its standard chopped pork sandwich, but the location adds a modern North Carolina barbecue vibe to its urban location. Think outdoor picnic tables and bottled Cheerwine, but sleek concrete and large glass windows that look at home in Downtown Raleigh.
How to get it: Takeout or dine in 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sunday.
More info: samjonesbbq.com
The Preserve BBQ
Legendary pitmaster Ed Mitchell and his son, Ryan, began running their delivery-only ghost kitchen in early March, getting their slow-smoked pork, ribs, chicken, wings and sides into locals’ hands who live within a certain radius.
It’s intended to fill the gaps before the construction on The Preserve BBQ is complete near North Hills.
How to get it: Check your address and order online for delivery 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or until the barbecue runs out.
More info: thepreservebbq.com
The Downtown Raleigh barbecue joint is serving takeout on weekends at its location, 300 E. Edenton Street, the former location of Oakwood Cafe.
Future plans include two outdoor bars, lots of seating and heating and cooling elements for patio diners’ comfort.
Owner and operator Adam Cunningham said Monday that they’re aiming for late summer for renovations to be complete and to be fully open.
How to get it: Order takeout 3-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday or 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
More info: longleafswine.com
Wyatt’s Whole Hog Barbecue
Until Wyatt Dickson’s namesake restaurant resumes pre-order pickups or opens its doors, take a short drive to Durham for a taste of what’s coming to Gateway Plaza in Raleigh. PICNIC, its sister restaurant, is located at 1647 Cole Mill Road in Durham. PICNIC is currently offering takeout and limited outdoor seating to enjoy the ‘cue on-site.
More info: wyattsbarbecuenc.com
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