3 Festivals to Get Your Weekend Started Right

There are a slew of spring festivals in NC this weekend, and many of them include BBQ. Pick one of these 3 around the state, and get ready to hit the road...

1. Melange of the Mountains >>> Cooking and brewing competitions in Waynesville & Haywood Smokehouse BBQ is making an appearance.

2. Fremont Daffodil Festival >>> Fremont does it right with crafts, music and BBQ. 

3. Beer & Bacon Fest >>> Learn some pork DIY during the Butchering 101 demo this Saturday in Cary.

5 BBQ Adventures for Spring

As we're being teased with 60 degree sunshine, Paul and I have felt inspired to start drafting our Spring road trip wish list. Get prepared for warm-weather wanderlust and start routing your own travels around the state! If you need a little inspiration, plan a trip around one of these 5 NC BBQ restaurants that offer more than just pulled pork.

Our trusty road   trip companion,  Clementine, enjoying a helping of hushpuppies.

Our trusty road trip companion, Clementine, enjoying a helping of hushpuppies.

Sim's Country BBQ | Granite Falls, NC: Listen to live bluegrass, watch the cloggers, and after you fill up on their BBQ buffet, cut a rug on the dance floor.

Barnyard BBQ & Flea Market | Peachland, NC: Use your BBQ fuel to shop the flea market. Bet you can find something pig-themed as a memento for your trip!

CJ's Bar-B-Cue | Cleveland, NC: Get there on Thursdays for live gospel music in the restaurant featuring different groups from around the area.

The Fire Pit | Wake Forest, NC: The restaurant parking lot is transformed into a car show on the 4th Saturday of every month. Dream about which car you'd like to take on your next BBQ road trip.

The Blue Note Grill | Durham, NC: This spot has live music every night and features everything from jazz to blues to bluegrass to country -- something for every musical interest.

For details on each restaurant’s location and style of BBQ, refer to your copy of The Great NC BBQ Map. If you don’t have one yet, grab one here.