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Lawrence BBQ Opens in Raleigh With All the Smoked Meats

And Granny Helen’s famous apple dumplings

A red tray with a barbecue sandwich and oysters.
A tray from Lawrence BBQ
John Park
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Lawrence BBQ recently opened at Raleigh’s Boxyard RTP (a shipping container startup development) in Research Triangle Park. The restaurant was set to open in Spring 2020, but like the entire food and beverage community, chef/owner Jake Wood was unable to open as a result of COVID-19 shutdowns and regulations.

The new addition to the smoked meats scene in the Triangle serves pulled pork, chicken, turkey, and brisket. There’s also a few unexpected menu items like oysters on the half shell, deviled egg potato salad, and featured desserts like apple dumplings from Wood’s grandmother’s recipe.

Lawrence BBQ opens daily at 11 a.m. and closes when the food runs out. The restaurant is open for takeout and outdoor dining. Indoor dining will begin when leisure bar Lagoon opens in the shipping container above Lawrence BBQ. The tiki-esque drinks at Lagoon are designed to pair effortlessly with barbecue and oysters, and everything in between.

Lawrence Barbecue [Official]
Boxyard RTP [Official]
The Triangle’s First ‘Leisure Bar’ Set to Open Spring 2021 [ECAR]