Backcountry Barbecue
4014 Linwood Road, Lexington, just off I-85 (Exit 88) near the Davidson County Airport
Hours:  Mon-Sat 6am-9pm; Sun 11am-9pm

  • Opened in 1984 and is known for its 20 oz. sirloin steak and skin sandwiches
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork barbecue, plate specials, sandwiches, salad bar
  • Barbecue chicken – Thurs–Sun only
  • Slaw:  red and white
  • Caters
  • Private dining room for groups – call to reserve

The Barbecue Center
900 North Main Street, Lexington
Hours:  Mon-Wed 6am-9pm; Thurs-Sat 6am-9:30pm

  • Opened in 1955 and is known for its huge banana splits and homemade banana pudding
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches, salads, soup
  • Barbecue chicken – Wed–Sat only
  • Slaw: red
  • Curb service

Cook’s Barbecue
366 Valiant Drive, Lexington, off Rockcrusher Rd on NC Hwy 8 near High Rock Lake
 Wed & Thurs 11am-2pm & 3:30pm-9pm; Fri & Sat 11am-9pm;
Sun 11am-8:30pm

  • Opened in the late 1960s and is the only restaurant serving barbecued beef brisket, in addition to pork
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork, beef and chicken barbecue, homemade desserts, sandwiches
  • Slaw:  red and white
  • Caters
  • Can reserve tables for groups

Kerley’s Barbecue
5114 NC Hwy. 8 North, Welcome, near the RCR Museum and Race Shop
Hours:  Mon-Fri 7am-8:30pm; Sat 7am-8pm

  • Opened in 1978 serving barbecued pork and chicken
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches, plate specials, salads
  • Barbecue chicken – Thur, Fri and Sat only
  • Pork ribs – Fri only
  • Slaw: red and white

Lexington Barbecue
100 Smokehouse Lane, Lexington
Hours:  Mon-Sat 10am-9:30pm

  • Opened in 1962 and is sometimes called “Lexington #1” or “The Honey Monk”
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches
  • Slaw:  red only
  • Curb service

Lexington-Style Trimmings
1513 E. Center Street, Lexington, near The Bob Timberlake Gallery & Museum just off I-85 (Exit 94)
Hours:  Tue-Sun 10:30am-8pm

  • Opened in 1989 and sells bulk amounts of the trimmings – white slaw, red slaw, dip, hot sauce
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches, hamburger steak
  • Slaw: red and white
  • Curb Service


Rick’s Smokehouse
6043 NC Hwy 8 N, Welcome 
Hours:  Mon-Sat 11am-8pm

  • Frequent “pit Stop” for racing teams and pit crews
  • Pit-cooked
  • Slaw: red only
  • Curb Service

Smiley’s Lexington BBQ
917 Winston Road, Lexington
Hours:  Tue-Sun 6am-9pm (closed Mon)

  • Opened in 2002 with a rich history in barbecue
  • Pit-cooked
  • Homemade cakes and pies, weekly specials, plate lunches
  • Barbecue chicken – Fri, Sat and Sun only
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches
  • Curb service
  • Caters

Smokey Joe’s Barbecue
1101 South Main Street, Lexington
Hours:  Mon-Sat 7am-8pm

  • Opened in 1972 and was featured in several Southern Living magazines
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork barbecue, salads, dinner plates, sandwiches
  • Barbecue chicken – Thurs, Fri and Sat only
  • Slaw:  red and white

Speedy’s Barbecue
1317 Winston Road, Lexington
336-248-2410 or 336-248-2092
Hours:  Mon-Sat 10:30am-9pm

  • Opened in the 1930s as Tussey’s and changed the name in the early 1960s to Speedy’s Barbecue
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches, pork skins, salads, grilled chicken, fish, chicken tenders, corn dogs
  • Slaw:  red only
  • Curb service

Speedy Lohr’s
3664 NC Hwy 8, Lexington, 1 mile off I-85 (Exit 91)
Hours:  Mon-Sun 6am-9pm

  • Opened originally as Whitley’s Restaurant in 1972
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches, daily specials, salads
  • Pit-cooked
  • Slaw:  red and white
  • Caters

Speedy Lohr’s BBQ
8000 N. Hwy. 150 and Enterprise Road, in the community of Arcadia near Welcome
Hours:  Mon-Thurs, Sat 7am-8:30pm; Fri 7am-9pm

  • Open since the late 1980s and is known for its skin sandwiches
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork barbecue, sandwiches, dinner plates
  • Barbecue chicken – Thurs-Sat only
  • Barbecue pork baby back ribs – Wed night only
  • Slaw:  red and white
  • Caters

Stamey’s Barbecue
4524 South NC Hwy. 150, Lexington, near Boone’s Cave Park
Hours:  Mon-Sat 6:30am-9pm

  • Opened in 1973 and is known for its home-cooked meals, in addition to barbecue
  • Pork barbecue, salads, sandwiches, plate specials
  • Barbecue chicken, flounder and shrimp – Fri and Sat only
  • Slaw:  red and white
  • Private dining room for groups

Tar Heel Q
6835 US Hwy. 64 West, Lexington, near the Yadkin River and Thousand Trails Campground
Hours:  Tues-Sat 6am-9pm

  • Opened in 1978  serving barbecued pork and chicken
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork barbecue, salads, soups, sandwiches, dinner plate, daily specials
  • Barbecue chicken – Thurs thru Sat
  • Baby back pork ribs – Wed night only
  • Slaw:  red and white
  • Caters

Troutman’s Barbecue
18466 South NC Hwy. 109, Denton
Hours:  Mon-Sat 7:30am-9pm

  • Opened in 1970 and distributes barbecue slaw to local grocery stores in Lexington, Thomasville and High Point
  • Pit-cooked
  • Pork and chicken barbecue, seafood, sandwiches, daily specials, salad bar
  • Pork Ribs – Fri only (when available)
  • Slaw:  red only
  • Private dining room for groups
  • Curb service
  • Caters