8948 Cleveland Road has been a staple BBQ restaurant in the
Cleveland area since 2008. After a full career as a state trooper,
Charlie retired and started a second career serving BBQ to the
community at Charlie’s BBQ and Grille. After 12 years, he turned
the BBQ location over to J-TOP’s BBQ SHOP. John (JTOP) took
over the location after several years of private event catering.
“My passion for BBQ was instilled at a young age attending
family cookouts and church BBQ plate fundraisers in and around
Eastern NC – “JOCO”. It always seemed like I had a pig pickin’
or a plate sale to attend as a teenager. During college, I traveled
the south eastern United States while playing golf for UNCP.
During this time, I ate a lot of BBQ from every region we traveled.
I learned to appreciate the different traditions, styles and flavor
Profiles. After a decade of mastering my passion of BBQ, I
decided, with the love and encouragement of family and friends,
It was time to spread the BBQ traditions I appreciate to others by
smoking at the speed of ‘cue!”