When you're driving around, dont forget to keep your eyes open. You never know when you might happen upon a shade-tree barbecue stand or a little shack that nobody's ever heard of -- with the best smoked meat in creation.

— Robb Walsh

Legends of Texas Barbecue

Smoke Daddy's Review of Stephensons Barbecue

Our first stop on the North Carolina Tour... and its Rib Day at Stephensons!  My favorites here were the brunswick stew and hush pups, with the pork not too far behind. 

MAIN FARE:Stephenson's Spread

  • Pork - Moist... almost 'wet'.  A little outside brown & fat mixed in - flavorful.
  • Brunswick Stew - Thick and tasty.  
  • Ribs - Steamed with a tangy sauce.  Tender and moist.


  • Hush Pups - Hot-n-fresh. Mmmmm.
  • Slaw - White.  Finely chopped with good balance of flavors... a little sweet.Stephenson's Pit - Exterior
  • Dip - Primarily vinegar and spices.  No red pepper sauce b/c its mostly a clear liquid.


  • Outside has a 'homey' feel
  • No woodpile, but a large chimney
  • Andy Stephenson is a friendly host and gives us the grand tour
  • Good history and pitStephenson's Shoulders
  • Pork Shoulders
  • Says wood has gotten too expensive... uses Kingsford


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