Thanks for the report, signman.
One little nit. I don’t believe that sauce you had at Stamey’s was Eastern NC style. Stamey’s is firmly in the Lexington BBQ camp and its sauce, IIRC, has a bit of tomato in it. In NC, both Eastern and Lexington-style sauces are thin and vinegary so it is a subtle difference; though one about which many feuds have been started.