“Our barbecue, you can stack it up against most any sandwiches that you would eat. It’s a natural, it’s not a processed, and it has a lot less fat in it than you’d think. I’m not going to say it’s health food, but it’s real food.” – Chip Stamey
Chip Stamey, a third-generation owner of Stamey’s Barbecue in Greensboro, North Carolina, is the grandson of famed Piedmont barbecue pathfinder and promoter Warner Stamey. In the 1920s, Warner studied and worked under Lexington, North Carolina, pit-cooking pioneers Jess Swicegood and Sid Weaver. Warner took what he learned about smoking shoulders back home to Shelby to perfect his techniques and recipes. In 1938, Warner moved back to Lexington, bought out his mentor, Swicegood, and renamed the operation Stamey’s. In 1953, Warner relocated his barbecue business to Greensboro.