Samuel Jones

Pitmaster & Owner, Skylight Inn


Sam Jones is the third generation to cook traditional whole hog BBQ at Skylight Inn in Ayden, NC. Sam’s family opened Skylight Inn in 1947 with a very humble beginning. Since then they have always stayed true to what has made them what they are, a standard bearer for wood cooked eastern NC BBQ. Skylight Inn, as well as Sam, have been mentioned among the greats when it comes to legendary BBQ joints in many publications, and as well on several TV shows. In 2012 Sam was named in the “Top Ten Pitmasters in South” by Southern Living. The greatest honor was bestowed upon Skylight Inn in 2003 when the Jones family was honored with a James Beard award for “Americas Classics”. Sam himself is passionate about BBQ, and what it means in his family. More importantly, Sam is known for being an honest, hardworking BBQ guy who loves people, loves his hometown (where he serves as Fire Chief), and loves what he does.

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