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TOP 25 BBQ RESTAURANTS IN THE UNITED STATES


Start salivating right now. We are proud to present our choices for the top 25 BBQ restaurants in the United States. We have personally eaten at a handful of these BBQ joints, and if you read the Yelp.com and Tripadvisor.com reviews of the rest of them, you will see why we chose each of these for our top 25 BBQ restaurants in America list.

This top 25 list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by quality or rank). If any of these restaurants close their doors (which would be a tragedy), please let us know by emailing gparsons66@hotmail.com.

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STATE BBQ RESTAURANT NAME TOWN / CITY READ THE REVIEWS READ THE REVIEWS
Arizona Little Miss BBQ Phoenix yelp.com tripadvisor.com
California Copper Top BBQ Big Pine yelp.com tripadvisor.com
California Phil's BBQ San Diego yelp.com tripadvisor.com
California Bludso’s BBQ Compton yelp.com tripadvisor.com
California Aptos St. BBQ Aptos yelp.com tripadvisor.com
California Coop’s West Texas Barbeque Lemon Grove yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Florida 4 Rivers Smokehouse Winter Park yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Georgia Southern Soul Barbeque St. Simons Island yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Georgia Heirloom Market BBQ Atlanta yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Georgia Joe's BBQ Blue Ridge yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Illinois Smoque BBQ Chicago yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Kansas Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que Kansas City yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Louisiana Joint, The New Orleans yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Missouri Q39 Kansas City yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Missouri Pappy’s Smokehouse St. Louis yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Missouri Bogart’s Smokehouse St. Louis yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Nevada Rollin Smoke Barbeque Las Vegas yelp.com tripadvisor.com
New York Dinosaur Bar-b-Que (chain restaurant) Syracuse yelp.com tripadvisor.com
North Carolina 12 Bones Smokehouse Asheville yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Ohio Eli’s BBQ Cincinnati yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Texas Killen’s BBQ Pearland yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Texas Salt Lick BBQ, The Driftwood yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Texas Franklin BBQ Austin yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Texas la Barbecue East Austin yelp.com tripadvisor.com
Texas Big Bib BBQ San Antonio yelp.com tripadvisor.com

Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City, Kansas
Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City, Kansas

Full Rack of Spare Ribs, BT's Smokehouse, Stubridge, Massachusetts
Full Rack of Spare Ribs, BT's Smokehouse, Stubridge, Massachusetts

RUNNER-UPS: BBQ RESTAURANTS ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TOP 25 LIST

Here are a list of other outstanding BBQ restaurants in the United States that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us at gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other BBQ restaurants of this quality that we should be considering, either for this "runners-up" list or for the top 25 list above.

STATE BBQ RESTAURANT NAME TOWN / CITY
California Gus’s Barbeque South Pasadena
California Baby Blues BBQ Venice
Colorado Smokin' Dave's BBQ & Tap House Estes Park
Connecticut Bear’s Smokehouse Hartford
Florida Buck’s Smokehouse Destin
Florida Captains BBQ Palm Coast
Florida Reuben’s Smokehouse Fort Myers
Georgia Fat Matt’s Rib Shack Atlanta
Kentucky Smoketown USA Louisville
Massachusetts B.T.’s Smokehouse Sturbridge
Massachusetts Redbones Somerville
Mississippi Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, The Ocean Springs
Missouri Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque Kansas City
New York Fette Sau Brooklyn
North Carolina Pit, The Raleigh
North Carolina Backyard BBQ Pit Durham
Ohio Ray Ray’s Hog Pit Columbus
Oregon Podnah’s Pit Barbecue Portland
South Carolina Southern Belly BBQ Columbia
Tennessee Central BBQ Memphis
Tennessee Martin's BBQ Restaurant Nashville
Tennessee Elwood’s Shack Memphis
Texas Black's BBQ Lockhart
Texas Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas
Texas Pecan Lodge Dallas
Texas Snow’s BBQ Lexington
Texas Hard Eight BBQ Coppell
Utah R&R BBQ Salt Lake City
Virginia HogsHead Café Richmond
Virginia Alamo BBQ Richmond
Wisconsin Bob's Bitchin' BBQ Dodgeville

TOP U.S. STATES FOR BBQ

California
Florida
Georgia
Missouri
North Carolina
Tennessee
Texas

TOP U.S. TOWNS/CITIES FOR BBQ

Asheville, North Carolina
Austin, Texas
Greenville, South Carolina
Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City, Missouri
Lockhart, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Owensboro, Kentucky
St. Louis, Missouri




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