The best BBQ in that area is Stephensons on Hwy 50 in Benson, I'm pretty sure they cook over wood. It is really old and family run. Great place to eat. I think the last time I went there they didn't do credit cards but would still take checks. Might be different now.
They were the #2 in the state several years ago.
I just did a search and Parkers in Wilson is ranked best in the state for 2010.
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I have eaten there before and it is great BBQ but kind of a haul from Raleigh.