About Us

Our History

Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ was inspired by Joe Roundtree, a purple heart recipient and Vietnam War veteran from Eastern NC. Joe received a heart transplant on 9/11 one year after a day that our nation will never forget. His inspiration for developing the eastern NC inspired turkey BBQ was his love for authentic NC pork BBQ but his awareness of the health consequences of the indulgence. While Joe was passionate about the venture he constantly thought about closing the business due to his desire to live out retirement. In a serendipitous manor, Mike N., a chemical engineer turned businessman was in the process of moving his family back to NC from a consulting job in Memphis Tennessee where by a mere bet, he competed in the Memphis in May World BBQ Competition. Mike and the team placed higher than many well known pitmasters. Despite Mike’s successful career in the corporate sector, he decided to follow his passion subsequently purchased the few remaining assets from Joe’s business and launched Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ. The mission of Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ is to provide delicious tasty southern inspired fare while supporting overall health.

Our Specialty

We slow smoke whole turkeys exclusively over hickory wood. BBQ is something that should not be rushed for it to reach its fullest potential. We serve only the choicest birds raised here in NC along with the freshest side dishes. Our authentic menu and atmosphere create a truly enjoyable experience.

Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ’s tender, tasty Turkey BBQ is the talk of the town. We have an exciting unique menu and always developing more options since we get really creative with our turkeys.

Our authentic menu and atmosphere create a truly enjoyable experience.

Be Audacious!!!

Yes, we have the audacity to be in the BBQ business in NC and not have any pork in our store!!!


  1. Justin Williams on August 23, 2014 Reply

    I love the new look of the site!

  2. Chef Norris Wright on September 8, 2014 Reply

    Finally a B.B.Q concept here in Greensboro, NC. That is Healthy and creative GOOD JOB!

  3. Your morning segment on Wfmy2, 11/26/14 : How ro pick, clean and prep your bird was extremely helpful! I always thought that the “Pop UP” signaled the bird was ready to serve! Maybe that is why I always have to slice the bird and re-cook and run the risk of over- cooked and dry meat!! This year I will be ordering the entire Thanksgiving Dinner with all the “fixins” plus Big E’s homemade sweet potato pie from Hickory Tree BBQ! We will see you soon. Thanks Mike and Cheri Neal !!!

  4. THE BEST BEST BEST TURKEY BBQ I’VE EVER HAD!! 🙂 WOW! U HAVE A NEW FAN & SUPPORTER IN SHELBY J. My Mom Mamie Luvs the Smoked Turkey Wings & I’m totally Luvin the Chopped Turkey BBQ and the Jalapeno Turkey Dip! It will be the “star” of my Superbowl Party!! Yaaaay! Go Go Greensboro & Go Hickory Tree BBQ!!! I wish U much Success in giving folks a HEALTHY alternative that is still SO YUMMY! 🙂 *SHELBY J

  5. dean johnston on June 22, 2015 Reply

    i have the Alpha-Gal allergy. i was biten by a lone star tick and i’m now allergic to all mammal meat. i’ve had some good chicken bbq, but now turkey!? i live up in martinsville, va. will get down there asap. i’m in a private face book group that share the allergy. ppl are sharing ideas all the time. i hope we can share the word! dean

    • Mike Neal on June 24, 2015 Reply

      Hi Dean, I’m surprised about the number of people with this allergy. So glad that we are an alternative for people who can’t consume mammal meat. Not sure if I can make it too long without some good ‘cue! Hope to see you soon.

  6. Had their famous “crack & Cheese” at the Dixie Classic fair and it was amazing!!

    • Mike Neal on December 1, 2015 Reply

      So glad that you enjoyed our product! Hope to see you back in the restaurant soon!

  7. Katanya Lee on October 29, 2015 Reply

    WHEN I TELL YOU THIS IS THE BEST BBQ I’ve ever had that would be an understatement!! My 1st experience was 9/26/15 at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem….OMG I was hooked!!! Each game since then I have looked for your truck. That TURKEY BBQ sandwich and that SMOKED TURKEY LEG had me DANCING IN MY BLEACHER SEAT…LOL 🙂 <3!!! I have had many of smoked turkey legs BUT NOTHING as SUCCULENT as the one I had that day. I will be traveling down this weekend and if the truck isn't there I am making it my business to find your restaurant. Thank you for a QUALITY PRODUCT and for having the AUDACITY :-)! #GoDeacs #OCHOsMAMA

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