Ayden, North Carolina
Sam Jones is the third generation to cook traditional whole hog barbecue at Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina. While the Jones family helped put Carolina barbecue on the map, Sam has personally been named as one of the “Top Ten Pitmasters in South” by Southern Living, his family’s restaurant, Skylight Inn, was honored with a James Beard Award for “Americas Classics,” and he opened his own restaurant, Sam Jones BBQ, in November 2015.
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I want to make a difference. I am a very blessed man. I want to continue to work hard, hopefully open more restaurants, which will lead to being able to do a lot of good.