If you want to broaden your reach. Try the Historic BBQ Trail sponsored by the NC BBQ Society.
The Pit, in downtown Raleigh. Actually the food there is quite good, but nobody in Raleigh (IMHO) has truly great BBQ. If you really want exceptional BBQ, travel to Wilbur's in Goldsboro. I don't think theirs can be beat!
Head over to Allen & Son on NC 86 between Chapel Hill & Durham. The BBQ is so good, I'd put it on ice cream.
The best barbecue in Raleigh is to be found at Clyde Cooper's on E. Davie St. downtown. Established in 1938, it offers old time Southern ambience, friendly table service, sweet tea, and awesome barbecue!
Your best choices for BBQ right in Raleigh are (in no particular order): Big Ed's, Clyde Cooper's and The Pit. If you head outside the city, you'll have more options (such as Wilbur's in Goldsboro).
Holdens BBQ on US 1 in Youngsville is good, too. Half a dozen tables, maybe. Concrete block building and a gravel parking lot. The way all great cue begins.
Good eastern-style barbeque can be found in downtown Raleigh at Cooper's and The Pit. Knightdale BBQ is a little out there in the "boonies" of Wake County but I think it really very good. The Barbeque Lodge in Mini-city is marginal, but cheap. I grew up in Wilson NC and I know good barbecue.
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