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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 Mr. ChapelHill Mr. ChapelHill
Jun 17, 2020 5

Great place, food and staff. Thank you for this establishment. This is the type of place you are glad to stop at anytime. The place you wish you could walk to. Great plates of great food at a great value. First time coming in. Great bbq and pork chops also enjoyed all sides and dessert.

Photo of Rand Pehrson Rand Pehrson
Jun 20, 2020 5

The food was really really good. It's very popular and the line was out the door when we went. That said, the service was prompt and the staff was very friendly. Don't be turned off by the restaurant aesthetic, it's quirky, and looks a little sketchy but it's totally worth a visit. I tried the pork, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, and hush puppies. They all were fantastic. And the pineapple lemonade is to die for.

Photo of Malcolm Bevel Malcolm Bevel
Jun 24, 2020 5

I’ve been craving BBQ since we first were looking to move here and wanted to support black owned. Overall this did not disappoint!! I ordered the brisket dinner (2 sides) and my wife ordered the fried whiting (2 sides). Tbh, the brisket seemed more like a roast instead of traditional brisket but it tasted pretty good! The whiting and hush puppies were cooked perfectly and flavorful but the kicker: the homemade Pineapple Lemonade. We ordered a gallon and wish we ordered more!!

Photo of christopher tapanen christopher tapanen
May 30, 2020 5

On vacation in Durham, NC and this was the first bbq spot I hit. Outstanding customer service and a large offering of yumminess! Conviently located on the Apex highway just south of Interstate 40, you will want to eat here! Ribs, chicken, fish, pulled pork, shrimp, etc with a whole slew of sides. It had been years since I had breaded deep fried okra, soo good 👍

Photo of Jessica Lozano Jessica Lozano
Jun 3, 2020 5

My wife and I got dinner here today; we are looking to support black owned businesses in our area. The food is absolutely delicious! We had their pit pork sandwiches, the cole slaw is amazing and so are the collard greens. We also got a gallon of their pineapple lemonade and will definitely come back for more. It gets busy, but it is worth it.

Photo of Melinda Fernandez Melinda Fernandez
May 12, 2020 5

Good ol' Southern Food joint! 💯 Be ready to order, they get super busy so they don't play around in line. I'd call it a hole-in-the-wall but their food's so good it's not! Recommend for anyone traveling to the area if you want Authentic Local BBQ. Pork sandwich with slaw is a go to! Their brisket is tender! Hush puppies are heavenly puffs... Sides are 👌👌, especially the mac and cheese/collard greens!

Photo of Khi Turner Khi Turner
May 3, 2020 5

A- | Nice authentic soul food taste and the fish was on point

Photo of Elena Anderson de Lay Elena Anderson de Lay
Jul 13, 2019 5

This place was super busy but the line moved quickly. It felt like all of Raleigh was coming through during lunchtime. They ran out of a few things but were very apologetic and offered alternatives. They were also very conscientious of customers who waited a while. I was in town for a quick meeting and so glad to try them out. The locals call it "the Pit" so I wasn't sure I was in the right place. The ribs were tasty although not as smokey as I expected. There were also several comfort food options. The mac and cheese was everyone's favorite.

Photo of Rayena McLaughlin Rayena McLaughlin
Aug 1, 2019 5

Food was amazing, fresh, and very flavorful! I love the family feel of this establishment. We felt very welcomed as if we were part of the family! Definitely will be returning! We tried the rib plate, flounder plate, and the oxtail plate! Delicious!

Photo of Christine Becker Christine Becker
Feb 25, 2020 4

Calling at a hole in the wall makes it sound more upscale than it really is. Lol. But don't be dissuaded by the look of the establishment. The food itself is out of this world. The collard greens made me want to kick off my shoes and wiggle my toes they were so good.

Photo of Jessica Williams Jessica Williams
Feb 19, 2020 5

Baby By.... This place is the bees knees. It was recommended by a cousin who lives in the area. I was told the place is shabby but the food is amazing. Both correct. We arrived and there was ample parking. First thing I noticed was the line that did not get any shorter the whole time I was there. While ordering the guy noticed very quickly by my "up north accent" that I wasn't from there! I thought it was funny. There was an amazing mix of people there it was obviously a foodies dream!Where was I... The food was theeee best. We had fried fish, stewed beef, pulled pork, and about 6 sides between the three of us. You can't help but look to the person sitting next to you and be thankful that you are both smart enough to come here. You also notice the writing on the walls. We didn't have a sharpie to add to the greatness but once the food came we were stuck on that anyway ! When I do another visit I will surely return...Seriously just go...

Photo of Michael Rosenholtz Michael Rosenholtz
Feb 15, 2020 3

I just got into North Carolina was the closest barbecue pit near me. People were friendly and kind. I don't think it was the best of BBQ that North Carolina has to offer. However, I did enjoy the collard greens and mac and cheese was a little greasy. And the brisket was a little on the dry side, even though it was in its own juices. Would have hoped the brisket would have had a better smoke taste, but it seemed to lack that a deep rich smoke taste

Photo of B. Bowen B. Bowen
Feb 3, 2020 4

Definitely a nice little place to grab lunch, the portions are large and the prices are very affordable! The restaurant itself is alittle older and has served alot of meals, but don't let the appearance fool you. The food is very tasty and you definitely have lots of southern food options, that will help you feel like your at Granny's house!

Photo of Paige Julianne Sullivan Paige Julianne Sullivan
Feb 13, 2020 5

I grew up next door to Lexington. I prefer their BBQ over "Lexington style". But I will warn you, a BBQ plate with two sides doesn't seem like a lot of food, but it's damn filling. A staple of Durham and loved by all of us RTP employees!

Photo of Charlene Lynn Charlene Lynn
Jan 11, 2020 5

Was visiting the Durham area. We stopped for BBQ. This was the best BBQ we have had. The portions were huge. Service was great!

Photo of Adam Ruggles Adam Ruggles
Jan 11, 2020 5

Really has the backyard feel - the menu is as diverse as it's patrons! In true Carolina fashion they have their pork mastered. The single bone rib is a really cool way to order. The Mac and cheese is good but the greens are fantastic, probably the best I've ever had. The brisket.... Nothing even close to Texas so next time I'll just stick with the pork.

Photo of Abbycadabra Alakazam Abbycadabra Alakazam
Dec 1, 2019 5

This was the first time I'd ever tried North Carolina BBQ and y'all didn't disappoint! The pulled pork, green beans, and mac & cheese were amazing. The Brunswick stew was also so delicious. I'd give 10 stars if I could.

Photo of Shady Shane Shady Shane
Nov 30, 2019 5

Backyard BBQ Pit is a hidden gem. They are not known for a fancy place to eat or great music. What they are known for is being able to cook some terrifically great soul food. And the customer service is above and beyond excellent. Everyone is friendly and they seem very genuine.But back to the food. I have never had such good macaroni and cheese. One of my favorite things to eat there is fish and I've always had a thoroughly cooked yet never dry piece of fish. The decor leaves everything you can imagine to be desired. There is no wallpaper up on the wall You do have is bear walls with writing over almost every square inch of the walls. But again the food is astronomical. I cannot rave enough how good the food is. Go check them out if you were looking for some genuine good soul food.

Photo of Francis Dela Cruz Francis Dela Cruz
Nov 20, 2019 5

I'm sorry I don't have pictures. I was so lost in the BBQ I didn't have time to take out my phone. If you're still reading reviews about this place to figure out if their BBQ is good, then I don't know what to say to you.They don't play here. And they tell you they don't play around when it comes to BBQ and chicken. 5/5 you'll come in looking for BBQ and leave knowing you've had a taste of heaven

Photo of 67Spectre . 67Spectre .
Oct 4, 2019 4

The food was excellent. We came there at lunchtime, and the line wrapped around the restaurant, but their cafeteria-style serving got everyone their food in a hurry. Would have given 5 stars if the place was cleaner.

Photo of C M C M
Oct 21, 2019 5

Delicious food!! The cook could tell we were new and came out and gave us samples. Super friendly staff, such a fun place to eat and seriously, everything is fantastic. A local gem.

Photo of Karen Shelton Karen Shelton
Oct 18, 2019 5

The Turkey BBQ taste really good; the venue has a good selection of sides. This visit, mac & cheese and cabbage wad the selection and they both tasted really, really good - the food was seasoned pretty - neither more or less, it was just right! Thank you Backyard BBQ Pit.

Photo of Xero Requiem Xero Requiem
Oct 13, 2019 3

I ordered just about every meat they had available the day that I went, which amounted to about 3 meal orders if I recall. The pulled pork was the best thing I had, but I would still only call it average or slightly above average. Overall I was not impressed based on the reviews that I read prior to going here.The staff was very friendly however and even went to the back to see if they had brisket when I asked for it despite them not having it officially out for serving. If it wasn't for the staff being as good as they are I would likely rate this place lower, but clearly based on the reviews it may simply not be my kind of BBQ.

Photo of Tiffany Le Tiffany Le
Oct 5, 2019 5

Service was amazing! Told them it was our first time here and they were very kind and offered recommendations!Mac and cheese was not super amazing, but it was so stringy and cheesy I would consider getting again and just add ketchup or salt. Also everything here I would say is a fair price. Definitely recommend the hush puppies! By far my favorite ones I've ever had!

Photo of Alexander Vonk Alexander Vonk
Apr 20, 2019 3

Southern style BBQ in graffiti-walled structure. The menu is written in chalk. We waited in line for quite awhile, and for me the brisket plate I got in the end was disappointing. About a third of the meat was just fat. The yams were tasty, although smothered in a somewhat watery sweet sauce. The BBQ beans were also drowning in sauce. I used the three hush puppies that came with the meal to rescue some of the beans. The best part about this restaurant is the graffiti that covers almost all walls. Fascinating. My lunch partner had the pulled pork sandwich, and she said it she would come back for it, as long as it has those BBQ beans on top.

Photo of Lynne Rose Lynne Rose
May 14, 2019 5

Delicious food, amazingly friendly owner and staff! Our group sampled eachother's food so we had a well rounded experience of the food. Catfish was the best I have ever had! The brisket, turkey and chicken and sides were all great! We will definitely be coming back next time we're in town.

Photo of Dimitry Etienne Dimitry Etienne
Jun 11, 2019 5

I can't describe happiness but here is a picture of it. I have not had better YET and this was out of this world! The ladies and gents working here were very sweet and I highly recommend this gem of an establishment!

Photo of Jennifer Staunton Jennifer Staunton
Jun 12, 2019 5

The food is delicious. I loved the hush puppies and the mac and cheese. Staff are friendly and inviting. I can't wait to come back.

Photo of Enam Jarrar Jordan Enam Jarrar Jordan
Jul 19, 2020 5

The food is the best around. Not a long wait even though they stay busy. Best to get take-out!

Photo of R L R L
Jul 14, 2020 5

Went here for the first time based the positive reviews and pictures on here. Saw that there was a line around the building waiting for them to open so I knew I was in for a treat. Ordered the bbq pork plate with candied yams, BAKED Mac and cheese and hushpuppies. The Mac and cheese was phenomenal. Tasted homemade. Loved the hush puppies too. Tried the lemonade. Too sweet. Ended up watering it down a little. People that work here are super friendly too.

Photo of Josiah Moody Josiah Moody
Jul 3, 2020 5

Oh my God, my lips have and will never taste this good of food. I'm only passing through Durham but this place is seriously making me contemplate moving here. It's cheap too, for such good food, friendly service, and a laid back atmosphere. I wish there was a place like this back home, I'd eat there everyday. Solid choice.

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!!!

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 Bubba Grammer Bubba Grammer
Mar 23, 2022 5

Do not let the looks of this place fool you because the food is very good. I had the turkey bar b que and had to get more to bring home for the next day. This should be on you list of places to try out!

Photo of Sloane Siobhan Sloane Siobhan
Feb 21, 2022 5

The best hush puppies in Durham. Great portion sizes for the price. The food is always slamming and if you can get in before the lunch rush, it's a quick in & out. The service is always friendly and feels like going to family's house. 10/10 recommend for homestyle soul food.

Photo of Tasha Whitfield Tasha Whitfield
Jan 18, 2022 5

We had the bbq ribs baked and fried chicken Mac n cheese cabbage okra and hush puppies. Very good soul food. Seasoned and hot. Good customer service very friendly crew down home hospitality. Will definitely be going back again

Photo of Erika E Erika E
Jan 4, 2022 5

Food was delicious. I had the baked chicken it was seasoned to perfection. The candied yams and macaroni was awesome. Hush puppies are the BEST. Definitely home cooked authentic southern dishes. Had lots of options on the menu. Portions were very fulfilling and prices were great. Definitely try it out.

Photo of Shannon Smith Shannon Smith
Dec 21, 2021 5

Food is amazing! I got brisket, Mac n cheese, & yams. The yams had a filmy consistency which made me not eat them but upon first taste they were delicious. Mac was good && brisket was tender, flavorful and very tasty. Customer service was great. I will definitely be back!

Photo of Desiree “Desi” Desiree “Desi”
Dec 1, 2021 5

Food was really good!!! We were first timers and they gave us samples to choose what we wanted, we thought that was awesome so we didn't spend money on something we wouldn't like! Great service!

Photo of Joe R Joe R
Oct 13, 2021 5

I've been traveling a lot lately. I make it a point to try BBQ wherever I go. Austin and Louisiana last week. This week, North Carolina. The styles are different everywhere I go. Backyard BBQ had Brisket like no other. It was more like a roast, this surprised me a bit but it was absolutely delicious! The pork ribs were some of the best I've ever had. The mac-n-cheese was the only let down. Be sure to get the bandanna pudding as well.

Photo of Jamie Thom Jamie Thom
Sep 15, 2021 3

Pulled pork BBQ at the Backyard was great. Vinegar based sauce and it had a nice kick. Pulled turkey was really good too. Had a pimento element to the sauce which was sweet. I liked it. Sides were garbage. They looked so bad I only got some mac and cheese for the kids. It was terrible. Banana pudding was outstanding.

Photo of Karen Ramirez Karen Ramirez
Aug 25, 2021 4

The food is really good. It’s my first time trying and I was impressed with the taste of the food. The place looks run down it’s expensive I didn’t expect to pay 20$ for a plate but the food is really good so I guess it’s worth it.

Photo of Vanessa D E McMillan Vanessa D E McMillan
Aug 21, 2021 5

I visited here to get a take out for my sister. Very pleasant atmosphere. The Manager remembered my sister order and had it ready. The cashier was courteous and not pushy. The place is expensive - however the food was enjoyable from my sister' s view point.

Photo of T Fite T Fite
Aug 10, 2021 5

Turkey BBQ was excellent. Big portions. Definitely returning to sample more of their wares. Delicious.

Photo of OSO LOVE 45 OSO LOVE 45
Jul 30, 2021 5

A friend told me about this place and their turkey BBQ🤤. I must say a wasn't disappointed the food was good and the limeade🤤 was over the top. My wife had BBQ chicken (white meat) and it was moist, both our sides were great... We have plans to go again really soon.. 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤

Photo of Tersha “NC Foodie” Tersha “NC Foodie”
Jun 18, 2021 5

Amazing soulful food. Although they were running low on food everything that was available tasted amazing. The hush puppies were soft and tasty. The potato salad tastes like homemade and not restaurant style (nothing bland or from frozen). The turkey BBQ surprised me because looking at them on the plate I assumed it would be dry but each bite exploded flavorful seasoning. My final side was collard greens and they didn't disappoint. I will definitely be returning and will get there earlier in day so that I can have more options.

Photo of Phillip Lutz Phillip Lutz
Apr 27, 2021 5

Great great BBQ, very friendly people. Mostly take out right now. But really great fast service and all the food we have eaten there is good.

Photo of Laura O Laura O
May 7, 2021 3

The food is pretty good, most days. However, I am limiting my stars due to the behavior of the owner. Anytime I see her, her mask is always under her chin. To make things worse, most of the time, she is yelling at the employees, even sometimes over the food. We are in a pandemic and you are managing food. Could you please consider other people and wear a well fitting mask? I do not believe this is a hard request. This has been mentioned to her multiple times, but perhaps an open complaint will yield a better result. Also, it is unprofessional and embarrassing to yell at employees in front of customers. Please use decorum or have these much needed discussions another time. Other that, the rest of the staff is friendly.

Photo of Frances Archer Frances Archer
Apr 29, 2021 5

Where do I begin? The minute I walked in I knew it had to be good. There were 10 people in line. The staff was friendly and helpful. The homemade macaroni and cheese was delicious the butterfly shrimp delightful, the hush puppies fluffy, the brisket delectable, the barbecue sandwich outstanding. This was our first time at backyard BBQ but I can guarantee you it will not be my last.

Photo of Tauheedah Hawkins Tauheedah Hawkins
Apr 17, 2021 5

I see why it was such a long line. The quality of the food made it well worth the wait. Had mac and cheese, cabbage, and catfish and everything was seasoned to perfection. Will be back for sure!

Photo of Matt Johnson Matt Johnson
Apr 13, 2021 5

Got a couple plates for my wife and I, the 2pc fish dinner. The food was great. The fish was fried to our liking and the mac & cheese was delicious. Being from South Carolina, it is hard to find food that you are use to from back home. The price is a little up there from what we are use to paying but we didn't mind because the quality was worth it. I'm glad we gave this place a try.

Photo of Ethan Adkins Ethan Adkins
Mar 5, 2021 5

Wanted BBQ for my 30th birthday yesterday instead of a fancy meal on the town. Couldn't have made a better decision. These folks earned a lot more of my business going forward. Awesome customer service and even better pork ribs. 10/10

Photo of Jayme Hanzak Jayme Hanzak
Mar 8, 2021 5

This is now one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always good and the staff are friendly. If you want good real BBQ, definitely check this place out.

Photo of Bill B Bill B
Feb 28, 2021 5

The food is excellent and the team is awesome. I've eaten here twice and both times have been great experiences.

Photo of Sheila Como Sheila Como
Feb 20, 2021 5

GOOD FOOD! Turkey plate w 2 sides- I already plated out a portion and there is still plenty left! My husband enjoyed his pork plate and recommends the lemonade. Wonderful hushpuppies. Really well prepared collards.

Photo of Alli B Alli B
Feb 7, 2021 5

So good! Stopped after a work meeting and will definitely be going back! Best barbecue I've had in years.

Photo of Dustin Follett Dustin Follett
Dec 5, 2020 5

This has to be some of the best barbecue I've ever had in my entire life. I walked in, was unsure what to try and the nice gentleman behind the counter gave me a sample of everything to help me make my decision. Beef ribs were so tender so juicy and so flavorful, the pulled pork was perfectly seasoned. I especially liked the mac and cheese and the coleslaw. Very friendly staff. Very good food, highly recommend.

Photo of Teri Sews Teri Sews
Oct 18, 2020 5

Mac and cheese is amazing. Everything is delicious but did I mention the Mac and cheese? Amazing!!! There is usually a line, but totally worth it. Generous portions at a reasonable price

Photo of Zachary Solomon Zachary Solomon
Sep 14, 2020 5

The price to quality ratio of this place is the best. You’re getting a GREAT BBQ meal for less than $10? How can you beat that. I got the ribs, can confirm they’re excellent. Make sure to ask for a side of the vinegar sauce. It’s spicy and gooood!

Photo of Rick Duke Rick Duke
Oct 1, 2020 4

Good tasting southern soul comfort food. NC BBQ, ribs catfish, great sides. Largely a takeout place. Could be tighter precautions taken for Covid with everyone behind wearing a mask (and properly). I do love their down-home food, though.

Photo of Kathy Gentry Kathy Gentry
Sep 17, 2020 5

All their food is delicious but their homemade cornbread is ABSOLUTELY amazing!!!

Photo of Owen Hadley Owen Hadley
Sep 18, 2020 5

Great food and friendly, helpful service. Cool spot!

Photo of botch13 botch13
Sep 14, 2020 4

Great little place with tasty food. At high volume times, parking can be a bit tight. Reasonable prices and portion sizes. Collards are heaven sent.

Photo of Jenna Riley Jenna Riley
Aug 21, 2020 5

So good! Everything I've had here is delicious and fresh. If you like mac n chz you have to have theirs. Their hush puppies are also amazingly tasty. Very affordable and hot. I got takeout from here and the food was still hot and fresh when my husband brought it home. We will be back!

Photo of Anna Walsh Anna Walsh
Aug 25, 2020 5

We went to Backyard BBQ Pit after Googling Best BBQ in Raleigh-Durham. It did not disappoint. I had the pulled pork. They didn't serve it with any barbecue sauce. It wasn't needed. The dry rub flavor was infused in the meat! And I'm guessing the way they cooked it made it incredibly juicy and tender! The coleslaw was insanely amazing! All the employees were kind! Great service.

Photo of Jennifer Alicea Jennifer Alicea
Aug 15, 2020 5

I am new to the area and was looking for an authentic Carolina BBQ spot. I hit the jackpot! I just happen to drive by and looked at reviews and I couldnt pass this place up. This place lives up to all the praise online. You will not be disappointed. The staff is amazing and will go out of their way to help you find a house favorite. Once they knew this was my 1st time they let me and my family sample everything the problem is Everything is good!! This place is a must : ) Thank you Backyard BBQ!!

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 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 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 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 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.