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Johnson Family Barbecue


5021 Wake Forest Hwy
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: (919) 397-5693

Google Reviews

Photo of Frank Viruet Frank Viruet
Mar 19, 2020 5

I loved this place I just moved to the area and this is now a good to place fir some barbecue. Also you have to try the mac'n'cheese!

Photo of Ken Boone Ken Boone
Mar 6, 2020 5

Great pit cooked barbecue, good ice tea, friendly staff and they announce on Facebook when their heavenly banana pudding is available.

Photo of Lillian Hagmann Lillian Hagmann
Mar 3, 2017 4

This is super close to my old place. The chicken was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. The Mac and cheese was done well, but not my preferred sauce consistency. Collards were nicely spiced and not at all bitter. Hush puppies were above average. Pork was really good... I would say it's my 2nd favorite and I would recommend trying it. Just be aware they are closed Monday's and the line to order goes in front of the soda machine so you will be in the way the whole time.

Photo of John Morris John Morris
Sep 2, 2018 5

Quality: Meat smoked and prepared fresh on site. Can't tell you how many "BBQ" places around Durham import already cooked pork, or unfrozen cooked pork. Not here though! + Service: My food came out piping hot in less than 5 minutes from ordering. Cashier was nice. + Price: Too often BBQ places try to up their costs by projecting theirselves and their meat at astronomical prices. This place was fairly priced. + Cleanliness: Nice to see high cleaning standards on an almost medical level. Made me feel comfortable.

Photo of Mark Tompkins Mark Tompkins
Mar 19, 2019 5

The pork is amazing. Hushpuppies are so light. Collards very good too. Their sauce is excellent.

Photo of Charles Knox Charles Knox
Feb 27, 2020 5

Simply sumptuous fare. The ribs (only on thursdays) were among the most flavourful I've even eaten. Thanks

Photo of Jonathan Schmier Jonathan Schmier
Jan 19, 2020 5

Nice place owners are so chill and down to earth and the food is off the chain🤤🤤🤤 you want EXCELLENT Barbecue you have to stop by!

Photo of Carl Frega Carl Frega
Dec 20, 2019 5

This is a real deal old school, family run, low and slow roadside Carolina BBQ joint! The kind of place where the Pitmaster sits down and chats with his guests and the sides are all made from scratch. If you love good BBQ you won't be disappointed. None of the stupid high prices and pretentiousness of the downtown places, just genuine hardwood smoked goodness. Plus the prices are great and the portions are huge!

Photo of Vanessa Hodge Vanessa Hodge
Nov 27, 2019 5

If I could leave 10 stars, I would!! Best food, in the state, period! I travel a lot for work and eat out a lot; this is the absolute best BBQ I've ever had!

Photo of Ethan Jarrell Ethan Jarrell
Nov 8, 2019 5

This is the best bbq in the Raleigh Durham area. Don't be fooled by the small size and humble decor. Johnson's is delicious. The owners take pride in their bbq craft and often stay up all night to smoke the pork the traditional way. If You're looking for good pork, you won't find any better than right here.

Photo of Mike Venter Mike Venter
Nov 8, 2019 5

Great experience. Alison's is a super friendly lady. The food was genuine....tasty... Alison's went the extra mile to make us feel welcome....thank - you. Mike & Mike ( South Africa)

Photo of Maya Pillay Maya Pillay
Jul 22, 2019 5

I want to thank Johnson Family Barbecue for such a wonderful experience! We had our company picnic this past weekend, and EVERYONE absolutely LOVED the BBQ, brisket, fried chicken, mac-n-cheese, and green beans. Everything was so easy and effortless from ordering to pick up. We highly recommend Johnson Family Barbecue! Thank you for everything!

Photo of Carolyn Poss Carolyn Poss
Sep 15, 2019 4

Food is good, staff is friendly. Hush puppies are really good. Have only eaten the BBQ sandwich and pups, Coleslaw is tasty. Will return.

Photo of Alan Hendricker Alan Hendricker
Jul 11, 2019 5

Great place. Don’t look at the cleanliness, don’t look at how it’s made. Don’t worry that they might not have everything on the menu. Take what you can get and be happy. It’s awesome! In particular get the BBQ (pork) and hush puppies. Great to have a BBQ shack in this area.

Photo of dan b dan b
Oct 18, 2019 5

My wife and were driving back from Wake Forest this evening and had a craving for some BBQ , googled local BBQ and found really good ratings for Johnson's. It was getting close to their closing time so I called first to make sure it was not too late (8:40pm or so) and the lady there said come on so we did. Sure glad she said that ! BBQ/chicken and sides were delicious. BBQ has some charred ends which gives it that awesome smoky flavor, hush puppies were crispy and tasty, spicy sauce on the BBQ chicken was so good I asked for some for the BBQ too. The food alone is a good enough reason to go there in and of itself but the service was what was outstanding. As I said , it was after closing and we were trying to finish the generous servings in a hurry so we wouldn't hold them up but they told us to take our time and that we weren't holding them up at all. Very friendly and nice folks there ! I'm going back to try the brisket on Wednesday because if its as good as everything else we tried then this will be our new go to BBQ place. Great old fashioned style Q and service to match ! go there and see for yourself.

Photo of Ian Walker Ian Walker
Apr 3, 2019 5

I travel all over eastern North Carolina and eat barbecue as much as I can. This barbecue sandwich is hands-down my favorite. The folks that run the place are super nice too.

Photo of Todd Kerr Todd Kerr
May 28, 2019 5

Good bbq done right. Had the chopped pork with baked beans, Brunswick stew and hushpuppies. Didn't care for the Brunswick stew , I prefer my sweeter and thinner, but that my personal preference and I'm not going to hold it against them. The beans were fantastic...had to get a pint to go with dinner! I love the charm the place offers. It makes you feel your in a sleepy little town. I could have relaxed there all day enjoying th que if my girlfriend would have let me Cant wait to go back and try more!

Photo of Catherine Sykes Catherine Sykes
Mar 30, 2019 4

The barbecue was great. The beans and slaw were ok. Made a nice picnic dinner at our campsite. Too crowded to eat there.

Photo of Nell Keith Nell Keith
Mar 24, 2019 4

Not a fan of smoked BBQ, the chicken ,slaw and fixing was delicious, service was great. I had never tried smoked BBQ before and it isn't a taste for me but all the other food was great. Will go back and get the chicken and fixings.

Photo of Anup Wadia Anup Wadia
Mar 29, 2019 5

A few of my colleagues took me out to lunch here, and it's legitimately some of the best pork I've had in the area. The chopped pork is good as is, but their vinegar sauce is really next level. The beans have some very interesting flavors in them (can't quite pin the spices, but I know I've tasted them before), and they are absolutely delicious. I also had the collard greens, again, delicious. Lastly, the hush puppies, fried to perfection.