Stamey’s Barbecue


2206 High Point Road
Greensboro, NC 27403
336-299-9888

Chip Stamey, a third-generation owner of Stamey’s Barbecue in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the grandson of famed Piedmont barbecue pathfinder and promoter Warner Stamey. In the 1920s, Warner studied and worked under Lexington, North Carolina, pit-cooking pioneers Jess Swicegood and Sid Weaver. Warner took what he learned about smoking shoulders back home to Shelby to perfect his techniques and recipes. In 1938, Warner moved back to Lexington, bought out his mentor, Swicegood, and renamed the operation Stamey’s. In 1953, Warner relocated his barbecue business to Greensboro.

Chip Stamey left a non-‘cue career to take over his grandfather’s business. Chip’s one rule is to keep everything the same: The house that Warner built continues to fry up hushpuppies (a traditional barbecue side in North Carolina, originally conceived by Warner), slow-smoke shoulders over hickory coals, and serve chopped and sliced barbecue doused with sauce—or, in local parlance, “dip.”

Date of interview:

November 18, 2011

Interviewer:

Rien T. Fertel

Photographer:

Denny Culbert

Stamey's Barbecue - Chip Stamey - North Carolina - Southern BBQ TRail
Our barbecue, you can stack it up against most any sandwiches that you would eat. It’s a natural, it’s not a processed, and it has a lot less fat in it than you’d think. I’m not going to say it’s health food, but it’s real food.

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