What is the Historic Barbecue Trail?

The NCBS Historic Barbecue Trail was designed by the North Carolina Barbecue Society, a nonprofit founded by Jim Early, author of The Best Tar Heel Barbecue: Manteo to Murphy. To be included on the trail, the meat must be cooked on grates over pits with wood or charcoal. The proprietors must make their own sauce. The pits must have operated for at least 15 consecutive years; and the number of pits are limited to two in each town.