Ayden, NC Edition: Skylight Inn BBQ

By Candace Nelson - 3:00 PM

Skylight Drive Inn

Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina, is known for its pulled pork bbq.

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It's known for its whole hog cooking.

Skylight Drive Inn
"Skylight Inn BBQ was named a "barbecue capital of America" by National Geographic in the 1970’s, which inspired the construction of the capital dome and flagpole atop the otherwise unassuming restaurant (earlier this year, Eater critic Bill Addison also named it home to one of the country's 23 essential barbecue dishes). Their whole hogs are still prepared in the same style as when Pete Jones began the business: cooked over 100% oak wood become piled of chopped and mixed tender meat and crispy skin." (EATER)

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So, I simply got a small "pig" with cornbread and potato salad.

Skylight Drive Inn
It came in a bag like this.

Skylight Drive Inn

The iconic pork tray topped with a long piece of cornbread is iconic.

Skylight Drive Inn
So this was really unique. It's super tender pork with little bits of crispy skin in there. So dang good. And the cornbread is not sweet at all - but perfect with a bite of pork.

Skylight Drive Inn
The creamy, egg-y, mustardy potato salad made for some nice tang.

Skylight Inn Barbecue Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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