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In 2013, Sauceman's rose to fame when it was awarded the Destination America's BBQ Pitmaster award for BEST BBQ in North Carolina. Since then, Sauceman's has maintained its status as one of the best restaurants in the state serving up an authentic Lexington-style barbeque.

Sauceman's celebrates its claim as representing the truest of North Carolina's native cuisine. They accomplish this by slow smoking their meat for hours over a mix of local oak and hickory wood. They claim that their smoking process creates flavors that are regional, recognizable, and synonymous with the Piedmont for over one hundred years. For non-natives, the Piedmont region of North Carolina relates to the central part of the state. "Piedmont" is a French word that translates to "foot of the mountain."

Sauceman's signature dish is definitely its brisket, served slightly charred on the outside, yet juicy and soft on the inside. Foodies always take notice of the meats' impressive bark, which is the term for the flavorful crust that forms on smoked meat. Guests really enjoy their sides too—fried pickles, baked beans, creamy macaroni and cheese, and fried green tomatoes.

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