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Cast your vote for King of Cue – Western Style

Posted August 12, 2008

Congratulations to Hog Heaven of Durham for winning the WRAL poll for King of the Cue Down East Barbecue. Hog Heaven edged Parker’s for the title. Chapel Hill’s Barbecue Joint came in third in a robust round of balloting. The official voting ended Friday. Thanks to all of you for participating and expressing your passion for barbecue.

Now it is time to turn our attention to barbecue restaurants that add a touch of tomato to their sauces. It’s called Lexington-style or Western Barbecue. Who is the Best of the West? Lexington is well represented in this poll and could very well produce the winner. Please vote for the Best of the West BBQ. We will keep this survey going until Thursday at 9:00AM. I doubt we will get the volume we received in the down east balloting but you never know!

Belly up to the barbecue battleground and cast your ballot here.


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  • Bigscot Aug 14, 2008

    Having grown up in Greensboro, I have to vote for Stamey's.

  • jimnorwood Aug 14, 2008

    You left out the absolute best--Tarheel Q---lexington-mocksville hwy 64

  • WilloWSnapper Aug 13, 2008

    hawg wild in cary isnt on here and they got great western style

  • bleslie Aug 13, 2008

    The restaurants included in the poll were those nominated last week. You had to get a nomination to make the poll. Short Sugars does not use tomato in their sauce so this fine Reidsville restaurant was included in the eastern poll. I singled it out as the most creative name.

  • rayzer Aug 13, 2008

    Short Sugar's of Reidsville should have been on the ballot.

  • TomIn Ral Aug 13, 2008

    Way too many good restaurants were not on the ballot. The selections on NC BBQ society's historic trail are better but limits Lexington to only two entries...

  • charlesboyer Aug 13, 2008

    Lexington #2 is my vote.

    And dang, just reading this makes me want to get in the car and drive a little over an hour west just to get some. Good stuff.

  • GRush Aug 13, 2008

    Well, you left off Jimmy's in Lexington, which is my all-time favorite, but Bridges in Shelby is good too, so they'll get my vote this time. Had Jimmy's last Saturday; we had to go to Charlotte for a funeral so made the best of the trip and picked up dinner on the way back. Jimmy's has the best customer service; we only get there once or twice a year and they remember us every time we go in.

  • motorcycleman Aug 13, 2008

    how about Short Sugars in Reidsville and Hickory Log in Forest City. Both real good!!!

  • loslosers2003 Aug 13, 2008

    Honey Monk's. End of contest.




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