Barbecue has been an American culinary staple since colonial times and, as barbecue buffs know, the four major styles are Kansas City, Texas, Memphis, and Carolina.

The latter is typically pork, served chopped, pulled, or shredded. It’s also usually rubbed with spices before smoking, and slathered with a mixture of spices and vinegar during smoking.

Eastern North Carolina barbecue (undoubtedly familiar to residents at The Landing in Greenville, NC near East Carolina University) in particular is distinguished by use of the whole hog, meaning the entire pig is barbecued and all its meat is chopped and mixed together.

The result is finger lickin’ good! See for yourself at the top five places to eat barbecue in Greenville, NC according to Yelp:

B’s Barbecue
751 Bs Barbecue Rd
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 758-7126

Photo: Parker’s Barbecue

RJ’s Famous Chicken and BBQ 
2518 S Memorial Dr
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 758-9991

Parker’s Barbecue
2020 Greenville Blvd SE
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 758-9215

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
3013 E Tenth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 353-0190

Logan’s Roadhouse
603 Greenville Blvd SE
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 439-4313