You know you’re in the right place for barbecue when the trail of smoke billows around the intersection of B's Barbecue Road and 43, and everyone at the picnic tables are silent and focused on their plates of food. B’s barbecue has been serving up pulled pork and barbecued chicken to its customers for 37 years out on “B’s Barbecue Road.” For the uninitiated, no dry rub or thick sauce masks ENC pulled pork. The meat is the star of the show in its vinegar-base. The flavor bears a striking resemblance to Hawaiian-style pulled pork though the cooking method is different in that this carnivorous masterpiece emerges from colossal, open, charcoal pits. Run by the McLawhorn family, this dive takes the top spot for North Carolina barbecue!
In town to catch some ECU Pirate football? B’s opens at 9 a.m. and remains open until the food is gone. No reservations, no phone, just some of the simplest, moist, lean, yet flavorful charcoal smoked pulled pork and chicken in ENC. Get there early as they’re highly likely to sell out before lunch time even kicks off! Grab a combo dark, white or large for the maximum experience. Order from the takeout window or have a seat inside. Grab some of that secret sauce that's on the checkered tables.
Tip: If you happen to hear “they’re sold out” from the parking lot and need a quick bbq fix, head across town to Abrams for some soul food: the collards and pulled pork sandwich - among its many other soulful options - hit the home cookin' jackpot!