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Sam Jones  

BBQ Pitmaster; Co-Owner of SkyLight Inn BBQ; Known for Discovery Channel's "Moonshiners: Smoke Ring"

Hailing from North Carolina, Sam Jones is the third generation in his family to carry on the tradition of whole hog barbecue. His grandfather, the late Pete Jones, opened the Legendary Skylight Inn at age 17 where Jones has been involved since a very early age. Since that time, the Skylight Inn has become a standard in eastern NC barbecue. Known for its rich family history and unwavering dedication to cooking Barbecue, the Skylight Inn has stayed true to its roots.

In 1979, National Geographic published a book entitled "Back Roads America" and basically proclaimed Pete Jones’ Skylight Inn to be some of the best Barbecue in the country. Just a few years later in 1982, Pete’s barbeque got the attention of some politicians and he was invited to serve his barbeque at a congressional bowl. There, President Regan and Vice President Bush delighted in the wonderful smoke flavored Pork and followed up with a letter to Pete and son Bruce stating how great the barbecue was.

Southern Living magazine has featured the Skylight Inn several times, naming Jones as “one of the top ten pitmasters in the south” in 2012. Jones is also featured as a celebrity judge on Discovery+ "Moonshiners: Smoke Ring."


Moonshiners Fave Grills Up a New Competition on discovery+

BBQ Pitmaster Sam Jones joins Moonshiners’ veteran, Tickle, in his all new series as he searches for the next king or queen of the Smoke Ring.

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