In 1962 Wilber Shirley and Carl Lyerly purchased Hill's Barbecue from Mr. Fred Hill.


Renamed the Hwy. 70 Barbecue, it opened on July 24th. Within the year, Mr. Lyerly sold his share of the establishment to Wilber and at that time the name was changed to Wilber's Barbecue and a tradition began.


Upon opening, the restaurant employed only 11 people. Current employees number 100+.


As the business grew so did the number and notability of its patrons. The business not only has had the opportunity to serve the community through the years, but some famous names, as well. Some celebrities that have indulged in this barbecue phenomenon are: President George W. Bush Sr., President Bill Clinton, Governor Jim Hunt, Governor Terry Sanford and Senator Jesse Helms, to name just a few.


We invite you to join us and become part of our ever expanding family.


Having a hard time finding us with the new 70 bypass? While traveling eastbound on US Highway 70, take Exit 350 to Goldsboro and it will take you to US 70 Business. After Bill's Golf Carts get ready to exit to stay on US Business 70 after a mile or two. Use the right lane to merge onto US-117 N/US-117 ALT N/US-13 N/US-70 E via the ramp to Kinston/Greenville. This will keep you on Business 70 East. We will be on your right in 7 miles!

Wilber's Barbecue is proud to support Seymour Johnson AFB and all other branches of the military!