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Southern Living singles out N.C. barbecue restaurants

Chopping barbecue, at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby.
Chopping barbecue, at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby. David T. Foster III/Observer files.

Robert F. Moss, I feel your pain. I’m not the only one who gets massive barbecue assignments.

A freelance writer and culinary-history expert based in Charleston, Moss just released a new book, “Barbecue Lover’s The Carolinas” (Globe Pequot, $21.95) covering restaurants in North and South Carolina.

At the same time, Moss put together his list of the Top 50 Barbecue Joints for Southern Living. North Carolina, of course, takes up a fair amount of real estate on the list of 16 states and D.C.

On the Southern Living list for N.C.:

12 Bones Smokehouse, Asheville.

Allen & Son, Chapel Hill.

Barbecue Center, Lexington.

Grady’s, Dudley.

Lexington Barbecue, Lexington.

Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge, Shelby.

Skylight Inn, Ayden.

Stamey’s, Greensboro.

Wilber’s, Goldsboro.

For South Carolina:

Cannon’s, Little Mountain.

Carolina Bar-B-Que, New Ellenton.

Cooper’s Country Store, Salters.

Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville.

Hite’s Bar-B-Que, West Columbia.

Home Team BBQ, Charleston.

Jackie HIte’s, Leesville.

McCabe’s Bar-B-Que, Manning.

Scott’s Bar-B-Q, Hemingway.

To weigh in on this choices (and I know you will), plus find the rest of the list, go to www.southernliving.com/travel/bbq-restaurants.