Driving Down to Beaufort


For those of us not fortunate enough to live in Beaufort year-round, but who visit the town regularly, the drive down to Beaufort becomes memorable, or at least familiar.

If you’re headed to Carteret County from places west, especially the Triangle and the Triad, that drive down 70 is both a curse and a blessing.

A curse because it’s long – though not nearly as long as it used to be.

But, it’s a blessing for a few reasons. Not the least of which is that you drive through Kinston, and right by both the Neuse Sport Shop and Kings BBQ.

IMG_0985-634Parking lot lines at the Neuse Sport Shop

The Neuse Sport Shop seems to enthrall kids and adults alike with an assortment of fishing gear, live bait, and really cool $400+ coolers.

Then there’s King’s and the almighty Pig in a Puppy.

IMG_0984-634The Pig in a Puppy (partially consumed, as the whole ones don’t last long around our family)

I was reading through Our State’s September issue recently and noticed an article on King’s (not online yet), which featured that delicious culinary oddity known as the Pig in a Puppy.

If you haven’t sampled the delicacy, it’s a sub-shaped eastern North Carolina barbeque sandwich with a twist. The bun is an extra-large hush puppy.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

A Pig in a Puppy is part of nearly every trip to Beaufort we make.


While Roland’s is the place to be for barbeque in Beaufort, King’s is part of our experience of getting there…how about you?

Don’t forget to:

Relax…you CAN get to Beaufort from here!

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