Deano’s Barbecue, Mocksville
Dean Allen
140 N. Clement St.
Mocksville, NC 27028
(336) 751-5820

“Jovial owner Dean Allen began his barbecue experience as a curb boy for William M. “Buck” Miller at Buck’s Barbecue Restaurant in the summer of 1961. Dean continued to work summers and part-time throughout his high school years at Buck’s Barbecue and Hilltop Barbecue.

After completing high school, Dean ran his own barbecue catering business for a number of years until he decided to go into the restaurant and catering business in 1975. Buck Miller retired in 1975 and Dean took over his place and changed the name to Deano’s. The present Deano’s is a warm golden hued log building facing Church Street in Mocksville. A stranger is immediately made welcome and to feel at home upon entering Dean’s place.

Deano’s chopped barbecue comes generously sauced from the kitchen. It is very moist, vinegary, slightly sweet, hot (but not too much so) and is pound-the-table good. Deano’s coarse-chopped barbecue (my favorite) is sauced while cooking but not additionally in the kitchen. It tastes like moist ham. Good outside brown meat is mixed in with the regular chopped and coarse chopped meat. The slightly brown pieces of meat keep the barbecue from having a gray appearance, as is the case with so many barbecue places. In addition, they give each bite that pungent smoky taste that makes the flavor explode in your mouth. Deano’s sliced barbecue is the white part of the shoulder. It is moist, tender and melts in your mouth. When it holds hands with the sauce, they dance!”

Excerpts from The Best Tar Heel Barbecue Manteo to Murphy pages 117-118.