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1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
252 746-4113
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • 28
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Actually disappointed after so much hype

As a self-proclaimed eastern NC BBQ connoisseur, I was genuinely disappointed with my first bite of "Pete Jones" legendary wood-smoked pork barbecue. For me the smoky flavor was overpowering, but the coleslaw offset some of the pungency. Perhaps the BBQ sandwich with slaw would have been more to my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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Morehead City, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The whole hog, wood fired Q is one of the best; if not the best in NC. You won't get sides like other places. Just Q, slaw, flat corn bread. My gosh....... take 2 pounds to your beach house and make everybody happy including Mama. We went over into Ayden (one mile away) to pick up more Q and some... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

i was just a little guy all of 3 or 4 the first time I ate some of Pete's BBQ. I had a sandwich back then that was in the early 60's . I remember it as if it was yesterday my dad put me on a stool at the counter ordered me a sandwich and a bottle of Chocolate... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

My wife and I ate here on Saturday February 21, 2015. We each had a medium tray of BBQ with slaw, cornbread and drink. It doesn't get any simpler than that. The meat is hand-chopped in front of you. Behind the restaurant stands a giant pile of firewood for cooking the pork. The cornbread is fried and flat, which gives... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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78 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

As a self-proclaimed eastern NC BBQ connoisseur, I was genuinely disappointed with my first bite of "Pete Jones" legendary wood-smoked pork barbecue. For me the smoky flavor was overpowering, but the coleslaw offset some of the pungency. Perhaps the BBQ sandwich with slaw would have been more to my liking. The flat, greasy cornbread wasn't my favorite either, although I'm... More 

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Ayden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

If you like wood cooked barbecue, this is the place for you. Whole hog. Don't expect a variety of food. The choices here are: small, medium or large.

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Magnolia, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

There is only one criterion that ultimately matters for how to evaluate a barbecue joint: the quality of the smoked meat. Whether you are eating brisket in Texas, burnt ends in KC, pork ribs in Memphis, or chopped pork in the Carolinas, or even mutton in western Kentucky, the meat is the thing. It must be cooked low and slow... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Without a doubt, the worst eastern NC BBQ I've ever tried to eat. Three of us stopped for lunch. One was unable to choke down any of the gristle, skin and fat mess. The other two picked through and ate some of the small percentage of meat mixed in with the junk. The cornbread was greasy and flat. The meals... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Wow, Wow and Wow. This BBQ is great and I've had Q all over the east coast, especially in eastern NC. When you read "whole hog" and people talk about skin, fat and stuff being chopped up in it, don't fall for it. This is really good BBQ. I do wish they had a little broader menu with potatoes and... More 

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Princeton, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Wood fired. Crispy skin mixed in. Little to no grease. Good slaw and cornbread as well. Properly cooked bar-b-q should need very little sauce and this bar-b-q joint proves it. Other places brag about their "award-winning sauce" and think they can fool folks. And they do some - but not this ol'redneck that's been eating this stuff for 55 years!!!... More 

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Los Alamos NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

BBQ chopped right in the front. Slaw was the way I like it. I am a fan of hush puppies, not served here, but the flat cornbread was tasty. I would definitely recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1502 South Lee Street, Ayden, NC 28513
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Ayden
  • Phone Number: 252 746-4113

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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