The Best Hot Dog Places in North Carolina

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North Carolina is renowned for its delicious, authentic cuisine. One of the most iconic and beloved foods you'll find here is the Bright Leaf Hot Dog.

These red franks are made with fresh, local pork and beef, seasoned with a unique blend of herbs and spices that give them a distinct and delicious flavor. In fact, Bright Leaf Hot Dogs have been a beloved Southern classic for more than 80 years.

If you're in North Carolina and looking to try one of these famous hot dogs, plenty of restaurants, food trucks, and grills serve them. So come and savor the taste of a true North Carolina tradition!

 

Benson

The Redneck BBQ Lab

Location: 12101 NC-210 B, Benson, NC 27504

How do they cook their hot dogs? boiled

What toppings do they offer? chopped brisket, mom's homemade chili, pickled okra, mustard, slaw, onions, and more!

 

Broadway

Howard's Dips & Dawgs

@carolinapackersinc Enjoying a hot dog at Howard's Dips & Dawgs 🌭 🍦 #brightleafhotdogs #besthotdogs #brightleaf #foodreview #nc ♬ Happy - Pharrell Williams

 Location: 120 N Main St, Broadway, NC 27505

How do they cook their hot dogs? steamed but will air fry upon request

What toppings do they offer? chili, slaw, cheese, jalapenos, onions, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and more!

 

Clayton

 JoCo Hot Dog Palace

@carolinapackersinc JoCo Hot Dog Palace serving up spiralized Bright Leaf Hot Dogs 🌭 🔥😎 #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #hotdog #ncfood #nc ♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show

Location: hot dog cart primarily found in Clayton, for next event go here: https://jocohotdogpalace.com/

How do they cook their hot dogs? starts in a cast iron skillet then moved to the grill to finish

What toppings do they offer? mustard, chili, slaw, onions, spicy mayo, queso, pineapple salsa, cheese wiz, sautéed onions, and more!

 

J-Top's BBQ Shop

@carolinapackersinc That's a good lookin' dog 🌭 right there 🤤 #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #hotdog #nc #ncfood ♬ original sound - Carolina Packers Inc 🌭

Location: 8948 Cleveland Rd. Clayton, NC 27520

How do they cook their hot dogs? grilled

What toppings do they offer? mustard, chili, slaw, onions, BBQ sauce, and more!

 

Jones Cafe

@carolinapackersinc Jones Cafe is located in downtown Clayton, North Carolina and serves Bright Leaf Hot Dogs 🌭 😁 #brightleaf #brightleafhotdogs #foodreview #joco #besthotdogs #nc #ncfoodie ♬ Grew Up On That - High Valley

Location: 415 E Main St Clayton, NC 27520

How do they cook their hot dogs? slow simmer in a special blend of oils (secret family recipe)

What toppings do they offer? mustard, chili, slaw, onions, and more!

 

The Grocery Bag

@carolinapackersinc Reply to @ashleythompsonbbq @thegrocerybag ( aka Percy Flowers) located at the busiest corner in Clayton has sold more than 8 million hot dogs 🌭 #brightleaf #brightleafhotdogs #hotdogs #nc #nccheck ♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre & dazy

Location: 4879 NC-42 Clayton, NC 27527

How do they cook their hot dogs? steamed

What toppings do they offer? mustard, chili, slaw, onions, and more!

 

Dunn

Hot Dog and Hamburger Haven

@carolinapackersinc Hot Dog & Hamburger Haven in Dunn, North Carolina #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #foodreview #hotdog #nc #ncfood ♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show

Location: 700 E Cumberland St, Dunn, NC 28334

How do they cook their hot dogs? steamed or fried

What toppings do they offer? homemade chili, slaw, mustard, ketchup, diced onions, and more!

 

Sherry's Bakery

Location: 122 N Wilson Ave. Dunn, NC 28334

How do they cook their hot dogs? anyway you like - cold, grilled, fried (vegetable fry oil), and burnt too

What toppings do they offer? mustard, chili, slaw, onions, and more!

 

Four Oaks

Food City Grill

@carolinapackersinc Food City Grill in Four Oaks, NC 😋 #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #hotdog #nc #nccheck #foodreview ♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show

Location: 300 E Wellons St #B Four Oaks, NC 27524

How do they cook their hot dogs? fried and boiled

What toppings do they offer? chili, slaw, mustard, onions, and more!

 

Baker's Grill

@carolinapackersinc Ronnie's Lunch is now Baker's Grill! Great spot to eat hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ, and more! 😊 #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #nc #joco #hotdogs #ncfood #ncfoodie #foodreview ♬ Grew Up On That - High Valley

Location: 101 W Wellons St, Four Oaks, NC 27524

How do they cook their hot dogs? fried - in grease

What toppings do they offer? homemade chili, slaw, mustard, onions, and more!

  

Goldsboro

Rudy's Mart

Location: 1000 Jordan Blvd, Goldsboro, NC 27530

How do they cook their hot dogs? boiled

What toppings do they offer? mustard, ketchup, chili, onions, slaw, relish, and cheese!

 

Pikeville

Pikeville Dawg House

@carolinapackersinc Pikeville Dawg House 🌭 😋 #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #besthotdogs #redhotdogs #foodreview ♬ I Ain't Worried - OneRepublic

Location: 202 Goldsboro St. Pikeville, NC 27863

How do they cook their hot dogs? steamed

What toppings do they offer? chili, onion, ketchup, mustard, jalapenos, pickles, green relish, red relish (very popular), slaw, and more!

 

Raleigh

Sean's Shack

@carolinapackersinc Sean's Shack in Raleigh is all about fresh local ingredients. Their hot dogs 🌭 are "good and messy!" 😋 #brightleafhotdogs #hotdog #nc #raleigh #fyp ♬ Yummy - Justin Bieber

 

Location: 2840 E Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604

How do they cook their hot dogs? grilled

What toppings do they offer? homemade chili and slaw, mustard, ketchup, avocado, cheese, pico de gallo, bacon, fried and grilled onions, BBQ sauce, and more!

 

Steve's Place

@carolinapackersinc Steve's Place Deli in Raleigh, NC was voted the Best Hot Dog Shop in the Triangle #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #nccheck #nc #restaurantreview #hotdogs #besthotdogs ♬ original sound - Carolina Packers Inc 🌭

Location: 6320 Capital Blvd # 119, Raleigh, NC 27616

How do they cook their hot dogs? steamed or grilled

What toppings do they offer? homemade chili and slaw, mustard, pimento cheese, onions, mayo, jalapenos, grilled peppers and onions, relish, and more!

 

Smithfield

Cricket's Grill

@carolinapackersinc Replying to @itsthechad we enjoyed a hot dog at Cricket's Grill in Smithfield, North Carolina #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #hotdog #foodreview #ncfood #nc ♬ FEEL THE GROOVE - Queens Road, Fabian Graetz

Location: 506 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577

How do they cook their hot dogs? fried

What toppings do they offer? mustard, ketchup, chili, slaw, lettuce, tomato, bacon, relish, and more!

 

JD's Country Store

@carolinapackersinc Good old fashioned hot dog 🌭 at JD's in Wilson Mills, NC #hotdog #northcarolina #restaurant #easyrecipe ♬ Hot Dog - The Archies

Location: 4549 Wilsons Mills Rd. Smithfield, NC 27577

How do they cook their hot dogs? fried

What toppings do they offer? mustard, ketchup, chili, slaw, onions and more!

 

Zack's Char-Grill

@carolinapackersinc Replying to @darbygarrettgilchrist Zack's is open and has great hot dogs 🌭 #brightleafhotdogs #brightleaf #foodreview #besthotdogs ♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre & dazy

 Location: 618 E Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577

How do they cook their hot dogs? fried

What toppings do they offer? mustard, ketchup, chili, slaw, and more!

 

Wilson

Krueger's Candies

@carolinapackersinc We visited @kruegerscandies in Wilson, North Carolina and their hot dog buns are so fresh and delicious 😍 #brightleafhotdogs #hotdog #northcarolina #nc #ncfoodie ♬ Sunroof - Nicky Youre & dazy

 

Location: 116 Nash St SW Wilson, NC 27893

How do they cook their hot dogs? hot dog roller grill and serve with FRESH HOMEMADE BUNS

What toppings do they offer? mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, chili, onions, relish, slaw, mac and cheese, bacon and more!

 

 

We love our community and appreciate every one of the businesses that serve Bright Leaf to their customers.

You'll find Bright Leaf Hot Dogs in more grills and restaurants than you see here. More businesses will be added over time.

Feel free to contact us for questions or to find a hot dog joint near you.

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