Barbecue is serious business in North Carolina and huge part of our heritage and history. There is, of course, the ongoing debate between the two very distinct types of BBQ loved in North Carolina – Lexington style and Eastern style. While both are pork-based barbecues, they use different cuts of the port as well as very different sauces. The Southport and Oak Island area is fortunate to have some of the very best barbecue options around.
Big Al’s Slam Dunk BBQ | 607 N. Howe Street, Southport, NC | 910-477-2832
Big Al’s just opened this week and they are already building a faithful clientele. Their sauces are SC / Lexington mustard-based sauce served on ribs, brisket and pulled pork. They have a great variety of homemade sides too.
Southport Smokehouse BBQ | 1102 N. Howe St., Southport, NC | 910-363-5035
The Smokehouse specializes in real wood smoked BBQ, brisket, pulled pork, sausage and ribs. They have a variety of specialty sides and a great family atmosphere – there is even a drive through for pick-up!
Terry’s NC Bar-B-Que | 4866 Long Beach Rd., Southport, NC | 910-477-9187
Terry’s opened in the spring of 2014 and offers ribs, brisket, pulled pork and more with their multiple award-winning NC BBQ sauce. They specialize in catering events of any size throughout the Eastern seaboard.
The BBQ House | 5002 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, NC | 910-201-1001
The BBQ House has been around for almost 10 years and they slow-smoke the finest pork with hickory logs at their on-site facility each day. They have a huge menu of other items and sides as well.