A trip to Davidson County simply isn’t complete without tasting our world famous, Lexington-style pork barbecue.

Using a method passed down for generations, this native delicacy is pit cooked over hickory wood and then mixed with a secret vinegar-based sauce, or dip as the locals call it.  Plan at least one meal that includes barbecue, served piping hot, chopped or sliced, that is the best you'll ever eat.   Visit more than one restaurant and you’ll find variations in the dip, hush puppies, slaw and dessert! 

Be sure to take a look around you; you could see your favorite race car driver, pit crew member, prominent artist, athlete or politician in the booth next to you!

For the ultimate barbecue experience, plan your visit for late October during the Lexington Barbecue Festival. This annual celebration recognized as a Top 10 Food Festival by Travel and Leisure Magazine, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and features music, arts, crafts and, of course, loads of Lexington-style barbecue.

Take a Virtual Tour and learn all about ordering our Lexington Style Barbecue.

Try any of our wonderful barbecue restaurants and you will understand why the world beats a path to our door.


Backcountry Barbecue
4014 Linwood Southmont Road, Lexington 336-956-1696

The Barbecue Center
900 North Main Street, Lexington 336-248-4633

Barbecue Shack
706 Randolph Street, Thomasville 336-472-8566

Cook's Barbecue
366 Valient Drive, Lexington 336-798-1928

Henry James Family Dining
283 Talbert Blvd., Lexington 336-243-2534

Jimmy's Barbecue
1703 Cotton Grove Road, Lexington 336-357-2311

Kerley's Barbecue
Old US Highway 52, Welcome 336-731-8245

Lexington Barbecue
Business I-85, Lexington 336-249-9814

Lexington Style Trimmings
1513 East Center Street, Lexington 336-249-8211

Rick’s Smokehouse
6043 NC Hwy 8 N, Welcome 336-731-4060

Smiley's Barbecue
917 Winston Road, Lexington 336-248-4528

Smokey Joe's Barbecue
1101 South Main Street, Lexington 336-249-0315

Speedy's Barbecue
1317 Winston Road, Lexington 336-248-2410

Speedy Lohr's BBQ
8000 N. Hwy 150 & Enterprise Rd  336-764-5509

Stamey's Barbecue
of Tyro 4524 South Highway 150, Tyro 336-853-6426

Tar Heel Q
6835 US 64 West, Lexington 336-787-4550

Terry House Barbecue
947 Fisher Ferry Street, Thomasville 336-475-1628

Tommy's Barbecue
206 National Highway, Thomasville 336-476-4322

Troutman's Barbecue
18466 South Highway 109, Denton 336-859-2206