Sam Jones is the third generation to cook traditional whole hog barbecue at Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC. Sam’s family opened Skylight Inn in 1947 with a very humble beginning. Since then, they have always stayed true to what has made them what they are – a standard-bearer for wood-cooked eastern North Carolina-style barbecue.
Skylight Inn (Sam, included) is considered among the greats when it comes to legendary barbecue joints and Pitmasters in countless publications and TV shows. In 2012, Sam was named one of the “Top Ten Pitmasters in the South” by Southern Living. The greatest honor was bestowed upon Skylight Inn in 2003 when the Jones family was honored with a James Beard award for “America’s Classics.”
In the fall of 2015, Sam Jones BBQ opened in Winterville, NC. It’s a new restaurant that boasts all the hallmarks of the incredible traditional BBQ for which the family is known. From the smell of the smokehouse to the freshness of the food, Sam Jones BBQ is looking to the future of eastern NC BBQ.
Sam is passionate about barbecue, and what it means to his family. More importantly, Sam is known for being an honest, hard-working guy who loves people, loves his hometown, and loves what he does.