Welcome to the home of True Q.


We discovered true Q in the Carolinas, the Cradle of the "Q" - famous for decades-old recipes, smoked in small roadside shacks by second and third generation pitmasters. They taught us the low and slow secret to great barbecue and we brought that rich tradition north to share with our family, friends and ultimately, Old Carolina guests. What started as a passion between two high school buddies has grown to include hundreds of hard-working employees and many dedicated franchise partners all sharing in the original commitment to producing authentic, award-winning barbecue, served with genuine hospitality. 

Brian Bailey & Tim Hug


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Co-founders, Brian Bailey and Tim Hug     Roadside shack smokehouse

Brian and Tim with Champagne
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 Brian and Tim at their first burnoff in Akron
July 2003.
   Brian and Pitmaster Lemon at Wilbur's

Chopped Pork at Skylight Inn 2014
   Brian and Tim with Wayne Monk 2010
Chopped Pork at Skylight Inn 

  Brian and Tim with Wayne Monk 2010

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A teaching moment from a great pitmaster   Learning some trade secrets!


Fat Brian and Tim with Neil Holden 2010
Tim enjoying pulled pork at Wilbur's    Brian and Tim with Neil Holden 2010 


Jon Casey at Lexington BBQ 2012 cropped        Split Hogs at Wilburs 2014
Lexington BBQ    Split Hogs at Wilburs