Thanks Wscato. Huntersville is a desert for barbecue except for the new Lancaster's on Beatties Ford Road. Has anyone in the Charlotte area been to Spoons in South Charlotte? My wife swears by it but it's only open in the daytime and I haven't had an opportunity to go there yet. Old Hickory House on North Tryon is good although Western NC style. I would choose it over Bubba's any day.
1) Bill Spoons has been the source of much debate on various forums, although I cannot recall whether it has previously been brought up on this site. They do eastern NC style BBQ using the whole hog and are only open weekdays for lunch. So far so good except that they are a gasser so you won't get much smoky flavor in the meat if you go for that. It's certainly better than Bubba's but to get the real thing you need to drive three or four hours east.
2) Old Hickory House is more of a Georgia-style than a Western NC style; at least that's what I recall it says on their menu. The sauce is rather thick and, to my taste, overwhelms the flavor of the meat. They do expose the meat to log coals (at least at the end of the process) so that is good, but there is not much North Carolina about the place (I seem to recall their sides are Texas toast, beans and Brunswick stew, which are all traditions from other places.)