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William Drake
William Drake
20:36 24 Apr 24
First time in today will not be my last. Friendly and helpful with a great selection of tools and fuels. Prices are very fair and the store is beautiful.
Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly
20:48 15 Apr 24
Wanted to thank to owner and staff, including the black Lab and the Calico cat wandering around, of Grillbillies for offering a wonderful cooking class with Tuffy Stone. I drove down from Virginia Beach for the presentation and it was worth not just... the cost of the class but every drop of gas it took to get me to and from. The energy of the event was great and Tuffy was very informative. Just as an aside, he might be just about the politest person I ever met.Thanx for a great more
Brandon Stokes
Brandon Stokes
03:54 06 Apr 24
We are so lucky to have this place in Wendell. I love their willingness to let us sample seasonings and sauces so we can walk out confident with our picks. I've been here many times as I perfect my pork butt, but shout-out to Joe for teaching me the... other week how to do pork belly burnt ends right. Joe, the burnt ends were the hit of the party!read more
Nicholas Byerly
Nicholas Byerly
23:32 28 Mar 24
Joe and his crew are awesome. Amazing customer service and super knowledgeable about the products they sell. If you are into grilling, smoking or cooking this store is a must to check out.
Bo Boyd
Bo Boyd
00:17 28 Feb 24
Got blocked from their FB page for asking a honest question. I guess they didn’t like my question. Thats ok. There are other options out there for grilling.
Malcolm E
Malcolm E
14:13 13 Dec 23
It is a nice looking store inside. I went the other day because a customer of mine told me about this place. I walked into no employees in sight, and the one that started walking up turned around and turned and walked away to the back before I could... even blink as soon as he laid eyes on me and my family. and. then, as I was walking around the store, he never said a word when he did return he just sat on his phone the whole time at the register. I would give zero stars if I could. I will be buying my grill and supplies elsewhere!!!!!read more
14:44 11 Dec 23
Sherri Barham
Sherri Barham
18:26 10 Nov 23
If you like to rub butts in the backyard, this is the place to visit! 🐖 🐄 🍗 It is a BBQ Mecca and Lab! From a classroom, showroom and tasting bar, this place educates and inspires you to grill. Joe was delightful and shared... his passion, ❤️and knowledge of bbq & grilling with us generously. It’s the kind of place you want to go back for more. Highly recommend visiting! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟read more
Michael Elliott
Michael Elliott
18:20 03 Oct 23
What an amazing small, locally owned business right in the heart of Wendell. If your looking for a grill, cooking accessories,specialty woods, meats, sauces, and rubs. Great service and fabulous downtown location. Will definitely recommend.
Christopher Oliver
Christopher Oliver
14:09 30 Sep 23
I would give this place ten stars if I could!!! I always have such a great experience every single time I go here!! Literally the best BBQ in the world!!
00:50 22 Jun 23
Joe is absolutely a stand up guy, makes good on what ever your deal is. Trust this Buisness and looks them for all you grilling smoking needs including rubs, spices, seasonings, and sauces. Thanks again making another. Phoenix grill my go to.
Casey Clary
Casey Clary
22:13 01 Apr 23
Joe Temple (Smokin Joe)
Joe Temple (Smokin Joe)
18:20 17 Feb 23
If you cook, grill, smoke anything, this place has something for you. Trust me, this is the place.
Crystal Moss
Crystal Moss
20:51 11 Feb 23
Staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about all the products they offer and all things grilling. Love all the events they host.
Elliot Selmon
Elliot Selmon
20:10 28 Jan 23
You guys, and everyone involved with the chili cook-off, are AMAZING!! Thank you SO much for putting it on, and for being so kind. God bless y'all
Charles Penn
Charles Penn
18:16 24 Jan 23
Great products and everything grill friendly and knowledgeable staff beautiful facilities and always something cooking and they even have a porch cat
A Google User
A Google User
22:40 12 Nov 22
I’m a total bbq newbie. I’m cooking something right now that’s taking longer than the recipe. Three days ago, that would have upset me. Not anymore! I went to Grillbillies on Friday and was really warmly welcomed. When I told the staff I was new,... they gave me a tour of the store and the owner spent over an hour with me and gave me tons of pointers to get me started. He even refused to sell me items because he knew I wasn’t ready for some of them. That’s customer service!!! The staff would rather you have success and come back, rather than just make a buck. I can’t wait to make this place a regular stop!read more
Aaron Grogan
Aaron Grogan
22:40 12 Nov 22
I’m a total bbq newbie. I’m cooking something right now that’s taking longer than the recipe. Three days ago, that would have upset me. Not anymore! I went to Grillbillies on Friday and was really warmly welcomed. When I told the staff I was new,... they gave me a tour of the store and the owner spent over an hour with me and gave me tons of pointers to get me started. He even refused to sell me items because he knew I wasn’t ready for some of them. That’s customer service!!! The staff would rather you have success and come back, rather than just make a buck. I can’t wait to make this place a regular stop!read more
12:21 13 Oct 22
I love this place. They have everything a man needs to make a fine brisket!
Steve B
Steve B
15:31 02 Oct 22
Great brisket class yesterday. Excellent instruction and very nice surroundings. They have an amazing selection of all things for grilling and bbq’ing - including meats, sauces and rubs. Only thing I did not see was any Big Green Egg... grills/accessories. I’ll be taking more classes for sure!read more
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Great Class, Even Better Finished Product

Joe, George, Lance and Sherry, just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for a great event last Saturday. The "Whole Hog" class was great and the finished product even better. I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate so I am looking forward to future classes. Keep up the good work.

Ron Branch

Wonderful Hospitality

I just attended the Heath Riles class and I’m the one who won the raffle for the chicken wings Heath demonstrated for the class. Just cooked the wings and they were fabulous with some left over for tomorrow night’s dinner. My wife loved them very much and really couldn’t get over how large the wings were in size. We’ll stop by Grillbillies whenever we come down to visit family. Thanks for a great class and the wonderful hospitality you and your staff provided to all! Thanks much!

Tom Wallis

Signing Up for More Classes

I signed up for the ribs class and the brisket class here. The classes as well as everyone involved in putting them on were top notch! Step by step and very in-depth. I'm confident I can make a really good brisket as well as ribs at home now. I'll definitely sign up for other classes. Joe, George and crew were awesome. Looking forward to the pizza class.


Best Way To Spend a Saturday 

I have been to two classes thus far and all I can say is "amazing"! So professional and informative with sanitation taken very seriously. This is the best way to spend a Saturday with some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I'm am going to sign up for many more classes. Joe and team are fantastic.

Louis V.

A Wonderful Event

I would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful event. It’s always great working with y’all for our team building events. Everyone has been talking about how good the pork was. My wife liked it so much that I’m now not allowing to smoke anything but Heritage pork! So I’ll be contacting you in the near future!

Scott N.

I Learned So Much

I want to thank you ALL for a great time at the Rib and Brisket class. I learned so much. Not too often you can learn something and drink beer at the same time. I felt like Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter with all the questions I had, but y'all did not bat an eye and answered them all. 

Chuck G.

Trust This Business

Joe is absolutely a stand up guy, makes good on what ever your deal is. Trust this business and look to them for all your grilling and smoking needs including rubs, spices, seasonings, and sauces. Thanks again for making another Phoenix grill my go-to.

K. Hunter

Top Quality Grills

Hidden gem. I cannot believe I just found this place a few months ago. All the rubs, sauces, grilling/smoking supplies you could ever want, in one place. They also sell top quality grills and smokers.


Awesome Job

Joe and the team at Grill-Billies did an awesome job. Great food and beverages were served. First class job. Cooking my first spatchcock chicken.


Amazing Staff

Staff here is amazing…but not as amazing as their dry rubs.


Great Time

I was with this class yesterday for our Team building event. We had a great time! Food was great and it was very informational. Definitely learned some things I didn’t know!


Amazing Customer Service

Bought a PR-36 from these folks, as a bonus got a wealth of information along the way. I mostly cook pork butts, and until the PR-36, cooked on gas. This grill holds temps almost as even as gas (last pass was 6 hours straight between 290 and 300 with one or two adjustments) and the meat so far has come off great on every cook. I can’t say enough good about the Meadow Creek grills or about the customer service and expertise at Grillbillies. Every part of my experience with them has been spot-on. Thanks!”

Luke S.

Affordable Prices

I enjoyed my visit today, and found a place I can buy a grill custom to my needs, all grill accessory and spices and sauces at an affordable price. The staff is a plethora of information on all things associated with grilling and was very friendly and helpful with anything I needed, I even got offered a cup of coffee during my visit. Great place, with wonderful folks!


Priceless Knowledge of Catering

I can not express enough how much I appreciate all of your time and insights on how I can move forward with this venture. Your wisdom and knowledge on the BBQ catering business and equipment needed is priceless. I will be returning to ask more questions, gain more knowledge and make some more informed decisions on the equipment I will be purchasing from you.


Best Pork I've Ever Cooked

Stopped by this store multiple time before purchasing a grill – they treated me like a life-long customer, giving samples, recommending spices, offering advice on cooking. I eventually purchased a PR-36, and my first pass on it was the best pork I’ve ever cooked. Many thanks to Joe Pino in Wendell for advice and recommendations!


Awesome Class

Enjoyed the weekend very much the class was awesome your hospitality was even better learned a lot shared a lot and made some new friends just wanted to tell you thanks!


Unbelievable Seasonings

Got my unbelievable seasonings in the mail today! Thank you guys! Y’all have always given me great service and you certainly did this time as well! If I don’t talk to you again before Christmas, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! Thanks again!


Golden Nuggets

I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed the Turkey and Brisket classes Saturday. I’m always amazed at the “golden nuggets” that I pull out from each class that I attend and those insights from seasoned professionals (like yourself, Steve and Ed) make me a better backyard BBQer!

Nathan R.

Extremely Helpful

I wanted to personally thank you for taking the time to assist my sister-n-law and myself with the dry rubs for the brisket… It was our first visit to you store, but I assure you it will not be our last! Everyone was extremely courtesy and helpful… Also wanted to give a shout out to Randall for assisting us with a dry rub for seafood. He was very helpful and patient with us, as were you! We did purchase 3 rubs and I look forward to our next visit…

Judy L.


I was in your Wendell store this morning, my 1st visit. I was very impressed with Andy & Lucas. They eagerly (and proudly) showed me how each smoker worked, mixed some sauces up, (I bought 5) for me.


Great Experience

Excellent customer service today!!! Thanks it made for a great experience & why I will be back!!


Excellent Class

Excellent class (Ribs). Thanks and look forward to more. 

Bill L.

Top Shop for BBQ

Thank you for an awesome weekend at grillbillies. We enjoyed Mats tell all class and all the fellowship that it included. My son was welcomed with open arms and he and I will always appreciate the love you all showed him. This is why Grillbillies and yourself will always be my one stop shop for all BBQ needs. Thank you again!


Customer for Life

i just wanted to send you a note and thank you for your excellent advice.Last September i was entered into my first barbecue competition.I heard there was a place in Raleigh where you could try different rubs and sauces before you bought them called Grillbillies. What a money saver! I made the trek and was greeted by a nice young lady who gave me a crash course on layering rubs. I was skeptical. She seemed to know what she was talking about so I decided to give it a try. Much to my surprise, the first barbecue competition I ever entered resulted in a third place in pulled pork and a first place in ribs. Too bad we were running so far behind we never had a chance to try the food ourselves. I am on the way back today to get more…for the family this time. Thank you, I am now a customer for life.

Garry, NC

Wonderful Customer Service

Wonderful customer service and a good selection of accessories, grills, and local sauces.


Knowledgeable and Friendly

If you want the best equipment for the BEST BBQ, this is a must go-to stop. Great folks, knowledgeable and friendly.

Cindy, NC

BBQ Hot Spot

This is a hot spot for serious BBQ enthusiasts. Joe was full of premium advice and more than willing to go the extra mile to please his customers. Can’t wait to go back.

Joe, NC

Highly Recommend

Absolutely the best place for all your grilling supplies from tongs to wood chips to the best grills to cook with! Really wonderful people, too, which is what makes Grill-Billies BBQ special. Highly recommend!


BBQ Competition Cook

As a pro BBQ competition cook, Grill-Billies carries everything I need to go to any contest and win.


Taste Everything Before You Buy

Great place, nice people and service. Let you taste everything before you buy!


A Rare Combo

What a gem! I stumbled into a fantastic place with genuine people, fantastic food and amazing products! That’s a rare combo!


Went Out of Their Way

It was great meeting Joe and the team at Grill-Billies today. They went out of their way for a novice like me and have all the tools of the trade for seasoned and award-winning pitmasters. In addition to the awesome BBQ supplies and customer service, they showed a great appreciation to the care taken to restore the old Neuse River train depot for their shop in the charming Vintage Village off Durant.

John, NC

BBQ Competition Cook

As a pro BBQ competition cook, Grill-Billies carries everything I need to go to any contest and win.


Top-Notch Service

Joe provides top-notch customer service and is genuinely interested in helping you learn what you need to turn out great BBQ. Joe personally guided me through about 45 minutes of tasting various rubs and sauces so I could get exactly what I wanted. He seeks honest feedback and strives to turn his business into your go-to, one-stop shop for all your BBQ needs. Whether you are a serious competitor or just want to turn out good food at home, do yourself a favor and stop by Grill-Billies and let Joe take you on a tour. It is time well spent.


Fantastic Grills

Delicious food, good people, and fantastic grills!


Best Customer Service

The best customer service and support I have ever received.


The Nicest People

The nicest people with an extraordinary passion for BBQ and a desire to share it with everyone.


A True Pro

From amateurs to pros, Joe and team are the go-to authority for Meadow Creek. Joe knew I was looking at purchasing a unit from someone else and still spent about 45 minutes on the phone to discuss some options. A true pro.


Awesome Birthday Present

All I need is a pig! Thanks to Grill-Billies BBQ for the help with selecting my new toy and to my wife for an awesome birthday present. Let the Pig-Pickin’ begin!

Rich, NC

Grillbillies Rocks

Outstanding BBQ classes! I will be attending the next classes to learn the best way to barbecue meats. The food after the class was awesome, as expected. Thanks for starting a great place for knowledge and toys to do BBQ the best way, Grill-Billies rocks!

James, NC

The Best Smoker I Ever Had

The Meadow Creek PR72 is the best smoker I have ever had. I could not be more satisfied with the results from this grill. I have always made great ribs, but this topped it all. I can’t wait to compete and cater with it. Thank you for all the help and information.

Chris, NY

Head Chef

I am the head chef at Camp Micah in Bridgton, Maine, and recently bought a Meadow Creek PR72T for the camp – 16 briskets on the smoker and had to do two rounds to feed the camp, just over 400 pounds total.

Will, ME

Grillbillies YouTube

Even though I have done more than I can count, I still watch Grill-Billies BBQ’s YouTube video, ‘How to Roast a Pig,’ before each cook!


Learned a Lot

I really enjoy the BBQ classes and learned a lot. Christopher is a great teacher. Trying a chicken cook on my own tomorrow.

Dewey, NC

Awesome Classes

Awesome BBQ classes – well worth the investment. Christopher is a natural teacher with a passion for his trade. Joe and Sherry have a perfect facility and a great range of BBQ supplies and tools. Thank you all!

Tom, NC

Meat Came Out Perfect

Thanks to Grill-Billies BBQ for the help in selecting our Meadow Creek PR60T. All the meat came out perfect, we are ready for our first competition!


I Was Sold

I really have enjoyed the Meadow Creek PR42! The unit is very well built and service Grill-Billies provided (and continues to provide) is outstanding! The temperatures seem to hold constant, adding charcoal is very simple, and the cleanup is quite easy. Most of all, I love the flexibility of the unit and the extra top rack. Having the expanded cooking area that did not require a trailer to move was my goal in searching for a unit. When I saw the Meadow Creek reputation and quality, I was sold.

Jay, NC

The Pride of the Tailgate

Joe, thank you for being available by just a phone call away! Your immediate call back for our October (2013) Tailgate Pig Roast saved the day! When my 185 lb. pig went onto my Meadow Creek PR-60, it was the pride of the tailgate…until the PR-60 wouldn’t stay lit! That’s where you came in, to the rescue! Thanks for the immediate call back to settle my nerves! Thank you for the insight on ensuring that all vent holes remain open…even though we wanted to keep that great apple wood smoke flavoring in! Your call back and support ensured that all enjoyed our pig roast as she smoked up to a beautiful, savory taste, thanks to your follow through!


All Came Out Great

First full-blown, no room for anything day in the smoker. Ribs and butts on the bottom, meatloaf and macaroni and cheese up top. All came out great.

Mike, NJ

None Were As Personal

I’m really enjoying my new SQ36. I received it on a Friday afternoon, seasoned it that night and by Saturday evening I was dining on what were easily the best baby backs I’ve ever made. I was able to dial in the temp of the grill to 225 degrees and hold it there for 5 hours with very little effort. The result was tender, juicy ribs with a nice bark on the outside. The design, materials and craftsmanship of the grill are all first rate. With a little love and kindness, I can easily see this thing lasting a couple of decades. I also wanted to thank you for your patience and guidance while I was making up my mind between the SQ and the PR Series. I spoke with three other dealers and none were as personable, knowledgeable or accessible as you. Thanks for a great buying experience and I’ll probably be calling soon just to talk BBQ!


Thanks For the Advice

Successful first smoke in the SQ36! Two pork shoulders and country-style pork ribs. Thanks Joe for the advice!

Stephen, NC

Great Supplier

A great supplier to all of us grill junkies! Awesome place for a pitmaster to shop!


Perfect Short Ribs

Thanks for the beer! Cooked some short ribs that were perfect on my TS120.

Rob, NC

Built Like Tanks

Purchased the PR60GT yesterday! These grills are built like tanks. I love it. Joe, his family and staff are super great people. My wife loved the ‘village style’ setup and enjoyed walking through the shops. Me, well, I was in heaven just checking out the pits! Best part of the trip…I left with MINE in tow!!! Happy cooking!


Intense Knowledge

Finally got my beautiful pig cooker home. It was an incredible experience working with Joe and Sherry while looking for a cooker. Great people with not only an intense knowledge, but also an intense passion for what they do. I have learned more about smoking, grilling, seasoning, etc. from them then I have in my many years of grilling. Went looking for and found the perfect cooker and also two great friends.

Alexander, NC

First Cook = a Success

First cook = a success! Fully loaded, jumped into the deep end. 
Two butts, bacon and six racks of ribs! Thanks for the great cooker and great service. You put together a deal that made it all worthwhile – really helped with my decision making process and answered the questions I needed to get answered. More to come!

Bob, MA

Worked Great

First cook on the new SQ36. Thanks Joe for all the tips for the new grill and help with the smoking pistol. The new one worked great. Cold smoked a little cheese on Friday.

Kurtis, NC

Learned So Much

We stopped over the weekend and learned so much about grilling from Joe, who is very knowledgeable and passionate on the subject. When it is time to get our grill after our upcoming move, we will definitely be back. Thanks for all of your time and information!


Treasure Spot

Just happened to stumble upon this treasure spot, I’m sure I will be spending a lot of time here. Joe nice to meet you today!

Kathy, NC

Favorite Place to Shop

I went home and cooked some wings for the NC State game with the Apple BBQ sauce and they turned out amazing – perfect fall flavor. Can’t wait to try more – my new favorite place to shop for all my BBQ needs.

Brenda, NC

Meadow Creek Did the Best

We did enjoy using the BBQ 26S for a large party we fed last weekend-I had to cook 70 skewers of Key West Chicken that required not only the Meadow Creek unit, but also my Holland Grill as well as my small pig cooker…must confess the Meadow Creek unit did the best of the 3.


This Topped it All

Joe I could not have been more satisfied of the results from this grill. I have always made great ribs but this topped it all…… thank you for all the help and info


Neat Grills

Pat & I had a great time @ Grill-Billies BBQ event today enjoying some great yard buzzard & checking out their neat grills!!!


You Guys Rock

Thank you Joe and Sherry for a outstanding class given by Chris yesterday! Chris showed a passion for teaching how to prepare chicken and briskets. I will be attending the next classes to learn the best way to bbq meats. The food after the class was awesome, as expected, eating what was prepared in the class. Thanks for moving down here and starting a great place to get knowledge and toys to do bbq the best way! you guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Really Impressed

Hey Joe. Here are a few shots of my cook yesterday. Was really impressed at how i could adjust temp with vents. Whole hog is on order for next Saturday.


Huge Success

Pig roast was a huge success on the PR-42.


Held 250 Degrees Beautifully

I smoked sum Boston butts and baby back ribs Sunday my pr72t held 250 degrees beautifully I took sum to my job people want me to sell it by the pound it was sum of the (best) bbq I ever made im so glad I purchased this unit……. thanks Joe!!!” “Love the Meadow Creek (TS 70P)! Even a few winter smokes came out good….

S.L. N.J.

Looking Great

Looking great (Ribs). Thanks for all the tips and help!

A.P.. N.C.

Best Burgers

2 things: I went with my son to your store for the first time on Thursday. All 3 staff members talked to us, offered samples, tips, were extremely friendly. I bought some wood and the burgers and got some advice on how to cook them. They were the BEST BURGERS I'VE EVER GRILLED and I’ve been cooking all my life! Looking forward to seeing you often.


The Envy of All My Friends

I just wanted to drop you a quick note and say thank you for all your help with my recent smoker purchase. You honest responses to my questions and excellent advice as I looked to move from a Weber Bullet to an offset smoker was invaluable. The Meadow Creek smoker is amazing. I am now the envy of all my friends who also dip their feet into the smoking world.

I have been amazed at how easy it was to adjust to a different heat and fire management system. Although there is a learning curve, the MC unit really does make it easy and is more forgiving than I have heard others talk about in forums with other smokers.

Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you. As I write I have a pork loin and turkey breast on the smoker. Going great! Using wood only right now. I guess it's good you guys are not any closer to me or I would be making regular visits.

If you have any customers wanting a recommendation on the MC SQ36, send them my way. This is a great step up for me and looking forward to many years of BBQ cooking and meals. Take care.

Ken S. VA

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