Championship BBQ

The BBQ Lab was founded January 2017 by Jerry L. Stephenson, Jr. and a college buddy who had a crazy idea to start a restaurant based on Jerry’s award winning BBQ. After a few years of conversations over drinks and ribs, the two found a spot in McGee’s Crossroads.

The Lab is focused on North Carolina BBQ with a scientific twist. We’re a North Carolina BBQ restaurant wanting to grow into a large tree in the Johnston County dirt we call home.  

And when it’s gone, it’s gone. Real BBQ takes time, and our meats go on the smokers many hours before they are served.



We are very excited to be opening our first location in the Capital City located at North Hills. From sharing our award-winning BBQ with a scientific twist to a new brunch lineup – we very excited to officially become a part of this community.

Our North Hills Location