Sam Jones

Sam Jones BBQ  |  Winterville & Raleigh (coming soon), NC

Sam is the third generation to cook traditional whole hog barbecue at Skylight Inn in Ayden. Sam’s family opened Skylight Inn in 1947 with a very humble beginning. Since then, they have always stayed true to who they are – a standard bearer for wood-cooked eastern North Carolina-style barbecue.

Skylight Inn, as well as Sam, have been mentioned among the greats when it comes to legendary barbecue joints and pitmasters in many publications and on several TV shows. In 2012, Sam was named as one of the "Top Ten Pitmasters in South" by Southern Living. In 2003, Skylight Inn was honored with a James Beard award for “Americas Classics.”

In the fall of 2015, Sam opened Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville – a new restaurant, but with all the indicators of traditional barbecue. With no freezers and a detached pit house turning out freshly smoked meats, the integrity of the eastern North Carolina ’cue is surely safe here.

Sam is now a published author, as Whole Hog BBQ: The Gospel of Carolina Barbecue was released in May. Sam is passionate about his craft and holds high standards for what traditional barbecue is. More importantly, Sam is known for being an honest, hard-working guy who loves people, his hometown and his job.


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Sam is participating in the Hill Fire dinner on Thursday, October 17.