Did anyone mention "Ralph’s barbeque" in Weldon, NC just off I-95? Probably posted too late to make it on your present trip, but if you do plan to make that drive again, it’s a "best of breed" for eastern NC barbecue. (Pepper vinegar sauce…no molasses…no tomato sauce)
They also feature SCRUMPTIOUS fried chicken! Great place to stop as well…there are a lot of motels to choose from. Just don’t expect any night-life.