Iconic North Carolina BBQ Joint, Wilber’s Barbecue, Has Closed
Sad news out of North Carolina.
It’s a sad day for North Carolina barbecue. Wilber’s Barbecue in Goldsboro, one of the state’s most revered BBQ joints and a two-time Best of the South winner, has closed its doors.
North Carolina Department of Revenue confirmed the sad news after a photo of a sign stating that Wilber’s “has been seized for nonpayment of taxes” on the restaurant’s front door began circulating on social media today.
A representative from the Wayne County clerk of court office told The Charlotte Observer that three liens filed last year and two this year total nearly $64,000 in unpaid state taxes.
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Wilber’s opened in 1962 and was named for 88-year-old owner Wilber Shirley. Like any good purveyor of true Eastern North Carolina barbecue, Wilber’s cooked whole hogs all-night over oak embers on open pits. The meat was then hand chopped into small shreds and dressed with a spicy vinegar and pepper sauce then served alongside coleslaw and hushpuppies.
Wilber’s, you will be sorely missed.