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Backyard BBQ Pit


5122 NC-55
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (919) 544-9911
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Backyard BBQ Pit is a classic, no-frills BBQ joint. The writing is on the wall here ... literally! The walls are covered with signatures and messages from hundreds of satisfied customers. Here you’ll find mac n’ cheese, collard greens, some of the most tender brisket you’ve ever had and more.

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Photo of Rabimba Karanjai Rabimba Karanjai
Jan 6, 2023 4

The food is really good here. Loved the brisket. One star less just because you might not get all the food all the time. We went here twice (two days in a row for lunch) for the brisket. And then too didnt get the ribs. So you will need to check that

Photo of Dredgen X Dredgen X
Dec 9, 2022 5

don't let this place fool you from the outside the signs just missing right now. I came here when it opened at lunch and really love the buffet style. I got a pork barbecue plate with mac & cheese and sweet potatoes and a sweet tea. The barbecue was really nice and the mac & cheese was some really good baked mac & cheese kind of like you would get it Thanksgiving. It was delicious. sweet potatoes are real and not from a can. they have traditional eastern style vinegar barbecue sauce, but please try the molasses barbecue it's amazing. I've tried making my own molasses sauce before and I really like their version. You can taste the molasses in it, but it's not overpowering. Sweet. portion sizes are large. And there are lots of choices. I'd love to come back here if I'm ever in the area . their hush puppies Remind me of Jamaican fried dumplings, more like a fried piece of bread then the hush puppies with cornmeal that I'm used to. They are still very good. Thank you for the food.

Photo of Rachena Webb Rachena Webb
Nov 16, 2022 5

Food will leave you speechless it is so good! I don’t eat pork and wanted some Turkey barbecue real bad so I came here and wasn’t disappointed. I got a pint of mac and cheese for later to share with my son. I should have gotten more. The cabbage was well seasoned. I washed my plate down with a half and half of the pineapple lemonade and blueberry lemonade. Look no further for a good home cooked food. The smell of the food alone had me eating in my car a nibble before I headed home.

Photo of Rose Cameron Rose Cameron
Aug 5, 2022 5

This is the real deal. As the lady behind the counter says 'it's all seasoned right, here.' All the classics for you to tour - BBQ chicken, vinegar BBQ turkey, whiting, catfish, shrimp. Sides include a destination-worthy mac & cheese and a simply sublime Brunswick stew. Make sure you get there early - unlike myself - to enjoy their brisket which was out of stock once I arrived. And be sure to finish it off with one of their real fruit lemonades overflowing with whole fresh fruit. Wow. Thank you, backyard BBQ pit for introducing me to the real North Carolina.

Photo of John Williams John Williams
Jul 25, 2022 5

Unbelievable. Down home and cooked with love the old fashioned way. Turnip greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, the ribs are over the top delicious. What a wonderful and friendly spot.

Photo of Calvinita Brooks Calvinita Brooks
Jun 27, 2022 5

I had the shrimp dinner with Mac and cheese and collard greens greens. Let me tell you the good was so good and the his puppies I should of ordered more hush puppies. The shrimps taste just like how my mom fry hers. I loved everything on my plate and this was my first time going I will be back, I’m so glad I found a spot because I’m from New York and I couldn’t find a good soul good spot since I got here but now I have. This is my new go to spot.

Photo of Ryan Soukup Ryan Soukup
Jun 16, 2022 5

Delicious food and nice staff. The restaurant isn't anything too special but who cares with food this delicious! Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of Buddhika Kottahachchi (බුද්ධික කොට්ටහච්චි) Buddhika Kottahachchi (බුද්ධික කොට්ටහච්චි)
Jun 6, 2022 5

The food was great, but the people working there are the true stars! Really friendly and helpful. I went in and said "it's my first time here and I don't know what I'm doing" - they gave me samples and helped me figure out what to order. Needless to say I loved what I ordered (Eastern NC style pork and a brisket plate with Mac & Cheese and Brunswick Stew). The BBQ was wetter than other places I've been to, but delicious nonetheless

Photo of Anderson tate iii (AND3) Anderson tate iii (AND3)
May 31, 2022 5

I was told I wouldn't be able to find good ribs in the Carolinas, but I did. They keep a good variety of meat on the ready, and excellent sides. Will be visiting again on my next trip.

Photo of Mike Little Mike Little
May 5, 2022 5

This is the best food in several states! I travel 100% with work and I I'm within 8 hours, I alter my plans/driving route to come here. The food is magnificent and the folks that work there are phenomenal! I have been close enough in over a year, but I'll be there in 7 days!

Photo of Matt Pittman Matt Pittman
Apr 12, 2022 5

My favorite BBQ joint in the Triangle. BBQ is great, just a tad bit too moist but otherwise perfect Eastern NC style. Hushpuppies are amazing. Sides are all great. Prices are great. It's definitely a hole in the wall and doesn't have any ambience for dining in, but if you're looking for some fantastic BBQ take-out and a bang for your buck, this is the spot.

Photo of Chris Badenhop Chris Badenhop
Apr 10, 2022 5

I really enjoyed my stop at Backyard BBQ Pit! The meal was well worth the wait. This is by far the best carolina chopped bbq I've ever had and the Mac and cheese is the best I've ever had served to me at a restaurant. The staff was friendly and did a great job of managing the high volume of customers. I can't wait to return when I'm in the Raleigh-Durham area. Keep up the great work!!!