The basics: Garren “Jon G” and Kelly Kirkman's story starts out with an unparalleled love for brisket. And, after years of working around the clock while also slinging their precious barbecue meat as a side hustle, Jon G's came to life in 2020. The beef is the belle of the ball, but the Porky B tacos and every single side on the menu should also make your list. Jon G’s opens its doors on Saturdays only—and by the time 11 am approaches, be prepared to find a lengthy line of locals and BBQ enthusiasts tailgating.
What the pitmasters say: "My guy, Garren Kirkman, is so next level right now," says Shepard. "His brisket is Texas Monthly-certified and his ribs are ridiculous—if you want a Texas experience in North Carolina, this is the spot."
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.