Howard’s Barbecue

Restaurant, Catering & Bar

Welcome to Howard’s Barbecue! We cook up and serve delicious eats and drinks right on the banks of the beautiful Cape Fear River. We now offer beer on draft, wines, and have a full-service bar.

We cater! Check out our catering webpage by clicking here if you want to learn more about our catering services. We’d love to help make your next workplace, church, or family get-together a delicious, memorable, and hassle-free experience!


We here at Howard’s Barbecue take some kind of pride in what we do. Be it serving up great tasting food made with quality, true ingredients or our smiling faces when you and your family and friends walk through our doors. We’re here to make sure your dining experience is one you’ll want to keep coming back for!

We have ice cold beers and a selection of tasty wines by the glass or bottle. We’ve got your old favorites like Budweiser, Miller, and Coors. We’ve also got some local faves and craft brews, like Aviator Brewing and SweetWater Brewing Companies. Whatever your tastes, we’ve got something to fill your glass 😉

Oh, and keep checking back, as we’ve started construction on a brand-new full bar!

Click here to see what’s cooking on our menu!

Click here to see our menu selection for kids!


Click here to view our Catering Menu!

Howard’s Barbecue offers delicious and hassle-free catering services for all kinds of events. Keep scrolling for more information and a quick list of what we offer.

Call Howard’s today with any questions about your upcoming catering needs. We have extensive experience in the business of delicious food and look forward to helping make your next catered event fresh, tasty, and hassle-free!

We offer full-service catering or bulk orders with drop-off at your location of choice. Pick up is available too!

  • Entrée pricing includes meat(s), choice of two side items, one bread option, and drinks.
  • Additional side choices are $1.50 per item per person, after the first two.
  • Free delivery within 25 miles!
  • Paper plates, plastic tableware, napkins, cups, ice, barbecue sauces, and condiments are supplied with all orders.
  • All meals are priced buffet style.
  • Full-service catering available for an additional charge and includes: Buffet set-up, buffet style serving, drink refills, and clean-up. One server is needed for every 40 guests. $25 per server per hour with 2-hour minimum.
  • Barbecue sauces available: Original, Eastern NC Style, Sweet, Smoky, and Hot & Spicy.
  • Gratuity is not included in the quoted price and is left up to the customer’s discretion.


Howard’s Barbecue is located in Lillington, North Carolina. We’ve found ourselves a nice spot right on the banks of the beautiful Cape Fear River and we’d love to have you over to eat some time! While you’re here, enjoy our “right-on-the-river” view and grab a brew, too!

On nice summer Saturdays, we are happy to provide live, outdoor, local musical talent for your audial pleasure too!


Howard’s Barbecue – Restaurant & Catering

100 South Main Street Lillington, NC 27546

(910) 893-4571



  • MONDAY 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • TUESDAY 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • WEDNESDAY 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • THURSDAY 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • FRIDAY 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • SATURDAY 11:00am – 9:00pm
  • SUNDAY 11:00am – 8:00pm