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Road to BBQ, Part 2: Next Stop, Lexington

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Barbecue is delicious year-round, but there’s something about fall that makes it taste that much better. Maybe it’s the chill in the air, the beautiful fall colors as a backdrop or the combination of all of it.
 
The city of Lexington and Davidson County know this and have officially declared October as Barbecue Month. Multiple events held throughout the month culminate in the city’s barbecue festival, an annual tradition 32 years running.
 
Held uptown in Lexington, the festival features the best of the best Lexington-style ‘cue and welcomes more than 100,000 hungry people. So if you enjoy your pulled pork shoulder slow-cooked over oak or hickory coals in a vinegar- and ketchup-based sauce, head to Lexington this October.
 
If you can’t make it to the festival, don’t worry—the city of about 17,000 has more than 20 barbecue restaurants, all of them cooking in true Lexington style.  Here are a few to hit up:
 
Lexington Barbecue
100 Smokehouse Lane
Established in 1962, Lexington Barbecue (“Honey Monk’s,” to those who know) grew from a small café to a nationally recognized barbecue joint. But the ‘cue hasn’t changed a bit.  
 
Speedy’s Barbecue
1317 Winston Road
Speedy’s is one of the few restaurants that still offer “Curb Service” for your convenience. 
 
Stamey’s Barbecue
Highway 150 (Tyro)
Founded in 1930, the name Stamey’s has become synonymous with good barbecue.
 
Wherever you end up, you’re sure to get a delicious plate of food prepared according to decades-old tradition and served with pride. Enjoy!

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