Barbecue, North Carolina

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Barbecue is an unincorporated community located in the Barbecue Township of Harnett County, North Carolina. It is a part of the Dunn Micropolitan Area, which is also a part of the greater Raleigh–Durham–Cary Combined Statistical Area (CSA) as defined by the United States Census Bureau.


A historian at Barbecue Presbyterian Church, Ms. Cameron, says that a settler to the area named “Red” McNeill saw steam rising from a nearby creek. It reminded him of the meat-cooking pits he had seen in the Caribbean, and he named the creek Barbecue Creek.[dubious ][citation needed] The name became official in the early 1750s, as settlers began moving into the area.

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Coordinates: 35°20′10″N 79°02′19″W / 35.3359916°N 79.0386362°W / 35.3359916; -79.0386362