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Old 10-08-2013, 08:31 AM
 
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Great recommendations, thank you!
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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Also not in Apex but it is an experience and I like the BBQ, Smokey's BBQ Shack on Chapel Hill Rd in Morrisville. It does look like a shack and they all these funny signs up inside to read while you wait for your food. I was unimpressed with the sides, but I liked the meats.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:46 PM
 
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If you want to stay in Apex, I think there is Dixie Belles. They used to be really good at their old location. Don't know about now.
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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I second the rec for the food at Dixie Belle's, but the service has changed radically. It just doesn't feel Southern anymore, and the order takers apparently don't know how to smile, give any greeting beyond "is this for here or to go?", or really understand customer service. I think the recipes are the same but I would say make a to-go order and eat at a park or at home for a big crowd.

They're at the little shopping center at Davis Dr./Salem Street and Old Jenks Rd, just off 64.
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Old 10-10-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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Also not in Apex but it is an experience and I like the BBQ, Smokey's BBQ Shack on Chapel Hill Rd in Morrisville. It does look like a shack and they all these funny signs up inside to read while you wait for your food. I was unimpressed with the sides, but I liked the meats.
+1 for Smokey's BBQ, but note they are closed Sundays and they only do lunches on Mon-Wed.
They are bigger inside than they look from the outside, and often have long lunch lines, but run through the lines very fast. I've never had to wait very long there.
Also, they are about as far as you can get from up-scale. They're clean, but have paper towels, not linens. (For me, that's a plus for a BBQ place!)

For the best of the best, I agree with several reviews I'd read and say it's:
Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q - 2419 Guess Road, Durham, NC 27705 (919) 286-7447 www.hogheavenbarbecue.com
in NW Durham.
They have the best Q, and great sides, and are and exact fit for the stereotype of a "proper" southern BBQ restaurant.
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Old 10-10-2013, 02:29 PM
 
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Blue Ox's Pig Pickin' Parties~Apex~919-337-8605

Catered only or you can buy from his home by the pound still I think...absolutely the best barbecue in the Triangle. Cooked whole hog with wood only.

If you want to drive a bit Grady's (Dudley), B's (Greenville) and my favorite in the state, Branch's (Summerlin Crossroads) are all around an hour each way.

Branch's is a hole-in-the-wall cement building with a few plastic booths inside and is only open Friday-Saturday. However, he will cook you a whole pig for around $200 I think and there is none better imo.

B's and Ox's are a little "cleaner" without the fat and skin and Grady's and Branch's chop quite a bit of it in...All real Q!

Branch's is the best pure eastern-style sauce and Ox's is a mix of east/west but both blow away some of the state's bigger names (hint...Goldsboro-Hwy 70 etc.).
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Old 10-11-2013, 11:33 AM
 
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Danny's >>>backyard bbq
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:05 PM
 
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Gardeners in rocky mount is simply the best...if u eat there I promise u will never go to the pit in Raleigh again...also the BBQ lodge on Capitol is pretty good
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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[quote=HS_DUDE;31722931]I second the Aviator Smokehouse if you're staying close to Apex.

Sorry...I still don't see what people like about "The Pit" in Raleigh. I don't think que was ever meant to be "upscale".[/QUOTE]

I don't either. The only thing I really liked was the fried pimento cheese app.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Also not in Apex but it is an experience and I like the BBQ, Smokey's BBQ Shack on Chapel Hill Rd in Morrisville. It does look like a shack and they all these funny signs up inside to read while you wait for your food. I was unimpressed with the sides, but I liked the meats.
I agree Smokey's meats are great, but the sides are awful. The cole slaw is okay, but everything else tastes canned or instant or store bought (mac n' cheese & potato salad).
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