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 offer wholesome, delicious, unique comfort foods through many different avenues.  You can catch us at the restaurant, favorite festival or fair, and soon-to-be at your local grocery stores.  If you have an event that that you think we should attend, let us know!  We are America’s favorite comfort food!.

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

    I love the new look of the site!

  2. Chef Norris Wright on September 8, 2014

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

  3. Garcia on November 26, 2014

    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

    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

      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. Emily on October 12, 2015

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

    • Mike Neal on December 1, 2015

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

  7. Katanya Lee on October 29, 2015

    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

    • Mike Neal on December 1, 2015

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

  8. Daniel Newcomer on November 21, 2016

    I look forward to trying your food!! I saw the segment on FOX 8 about your business.

  9. Melana Rodriguez on August 2, 2017

    MUST TRIES are definitely CRACK N CHEESE and HUGE smoked TURKEY leg! WOWZAAAAASsssss. Amazing stufff! Keep up the great work.

  10. ll vLitty ll on September 9, 2017

    The food here is oh so good

  11. Sam Thomas IV on September 9, 2017

    I love the smoked wings.

  12. Sandra Gibson on October 19, 2017

    I haven’t had BBQ that’s tasted as good as yours since testing positive for Alpha Gal in 2013. You were, hands down, my favorite food at the NC State Fair. Love, Love, Love the Turkey BBQ. Thank you!! ??
    Sandra Gibson

    • Mike Neal on July 11, 2018

      Thank you for visiting us there! Hope to see you back at the fair this year and feel free to stop by our restaurant!!!

  13. Seven on June 20, 2018

    Hello! I had the pleasure of enjoying one of your turkey barbecue sandwiches at the Peak City Pig Fest last weekend. Saying it was delicious is an understatement; the sandwich was the best I have ever eaten. I foresee trips to Greensboro in my future. Thank you for providing an A+ product.

    • Mike Neal on July 11, 2018

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope to see you soon.

  14. Richard Broadnax on August 16, 2018

    Oh LAWD!!!!! I’m addicted to crack n cheese…thank y’all for waiting for me erthang was D Lish Us!!!

  15. Jennette on October 21, 2018

    Do you ship

  16. Sam Thomas on May 4, 2019

    Great food ???

  17. Sheridan on July 11, 2019

    Yay!!! I’ve been lamenting no beef bbq here in Triad to speak of. It’s all pigs and we don’t eat pigs!!!! Can’t wait to try!!!


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