Following the BBQ Trail to Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC
NC BBQ Society Historic Trail Historic Pit # 1: "Who cooks the best barbecue in the world?" With more than a little sense of pride, Pete Jones, owner of the Skylight Inn will tell you that he does. He will quickly add he believes this to be so because National Geographic told him just that in 1979. He says that every year or so since, National Geographic sends him a letter and tells him that in all of their travels, they have still found none better. Pete’s barbecue without sauce has almost a sweet taste with rich smoky overtones. Add Pete’s sauce—which is a special blend of vinegars, peppers, and seasoning—and you'll note a slightly wood-smoked flavor. It’s as tender as veal. Dark and white meat with tiny pieces of pork skin mixed in with the barbecue. These tiny morsels, smaller than Rice Krispies, add a unique new flavor when crunched along with the barbecue pork. I found this delightful! Keep reading at ncbbqsociety.com.
—Excerpt from The Best Tar Heel Barbecue Manteo to Murphy by Jim Early.