Adding to the allure of building or buying a new house at the Knightdale Station new home community, renknowned BBQ master, Chris Prieto recently broke ground on site “at the Station” for the building and opening of his Prime Barbecue restaurant, which will feature all the famous BBQ flavors synonomous with North Carolina and as they have noted, “ribs three ways: spare, baby back, and beef.”
The ground breaking, which took place in early May, and in speaking with the Raleigh publication, the News and Observer, Prieto explained that he hopes it will be the “next great North Carolina barbecue joint.” He explained further that the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will be unique in many ways as opposed to what people have become accustomed to in a “BBQ joint.” Detailing this, Prieto said, “No plates, no hushpuppies, not corn sticks.” He continued, “We’re not a region. We’re the craft of barbecue. We’re a new grade of barbecue. I didn’t invent it, I’m just out to perfect it.”
Originally from the state of Texas, before moving to North Carolina and spending the past two decades in the Tar Heel State, Prieto is familiar with the famous BBQ styles in both areas that are so well known for that type of fare, and does not “choose favorites” when comparing the two styles.
“”It’s something in my DNA; I’ve been infatuated with barbecue since I was a kid,” Prieto said. “I was called to barbecue; it’s more of a calling than something you fall into.”
In addition to serving up delicious whole hog and beef brisket, the three styles of aforementioned ribs and other delicious smoked meats, along with a variety of unique mouth -watering sides, the Prime Barbecue in Knightdale location will hopefully see its doors open to the public this fall and will boast live smoke pits right in the dining room to give patrons a chance to see up close the art of BBQ first hand.
Prieto also teaches BBQ classes, which is where he was introduced to former mayor of Knightdale Russell Killen, who first planted the idea of bringing Prime Barbecue in Knightdale to town in his head. Speaking of the former mayor’s pitch to him and the beauty of Knightdale Station which eventually was key in him deciding on the location, he said, “He showed me farmland that was being cleared. It was going to be soccer fields and parks and running trails. It was all very Norman Rockwell kind of atmosphere.”
Again noting in the N&O article that the restaurant, which will be located at 403 Knightdale Station Run, is nearing its grand opening to the public, Prieto concluded, “Everything is 100 percent ready to go,” he said. “I know how many paper towels we’ll need on day one.”