50 Best BBQ Restaurants in the United States according to Google Reviews

50 Best BBQ Restaurants in the United States according to Google Reviews

Where are the best BBQ Restaurants in each of the 50 United States of America?

We were thinking, where are the best BBQ Restaurants in the United States. Being the best in a state can be a very subjective opinion. There are awards given by different organizations that sanction these competitions. We realize not everyone participates or is in the same competition for various reasons. While many of these competitions carry their own merit we were looking for something that the underdogs and the big dogs can be involved in.
There are some other online reviews, one coming to the mind is the one that rhymes with the word help. has their reviews paid for better rankings. I have learned this in my restaurant experience by talking with their pushy sales people. I don’t find them to be very honorable.

What are the qualifications for the best BBQ restaurants?

We thought that Google Reviews should do the trick. Playing the numbers game with the masses. Now that we came up with Google Reviews, we had to think what would make the qualifiers. There is a potential 5 star rating for a Google Review in their system. There are some restaurant with 5 stars but this is very hard to come by. Sure you can find a 5 star rating but this usually only has a handful of reviews. Having the owner and their mother rating and reviewing shouldn’t count and we wanted to weed this out. We set the bar to 100 Reviews that are needed to qualify for this list. Tie breakers go to the restaurant with the most ratings. These are generally 4.5 to 4.9 ratings. We also checked on their menu’s to make sure there was true barbecue style prepared meats. Some listings had places with just burgers and BBQ sauce. These were disqualified. The menu had to consist of some form of authentic BBQ like Brisket, Tri Tip, Pulled Pork, Ribs, cooked with a flame, and authentic smoked foods. There were some Brazilian Grills that ranked high, notably one that we found in South Dakota that we opted to not list. We investigated and discovered the cooking process used infrared heating. There was no flame from fire or smoke. However we would love to eat everything they served and be in heaven but felt this wasn’t the idea of BBQ we are after. When coming across Brazilian and Korean styles this made us think really hard. It was decided that Google needed to recognize them and be listed as a Barbecue Restaurant.
This search was no small task. There are some very honorable listing out there with 500 to over 4,000 reviews and holding strong 4.5-4.7 WOW! There was research into the pictures listed on Google, their own websites and Facebook. The pictures created constant mouth watering. There is so much appreciation to the detail of the presentation of the foods. Some have their own unique style and what they offer on their menus. You could really spend hours salivating over all of these pictures and we hope that you do also. This was very fun to say the least!

How did we find and the best BBQ restaurants?

We Discovered that searching both in the query did not give all results. Tried ‘bbq, barbecue.’ Also ‘bbq or barbecue.’ We had to do 2 searches. One for bbq in state and barbecue in state. Find the best rated from this. All results were not listed if using search terms of ‘bbq’, or another term ‘barbecue’. Even Google’s own classification of Barbecue Restaurant search term did not yield all results. We discovered this in the two biggest states of California and Texas. In Texas, we did a search query for Barbecue and Truth BBQ was listed at 4.9 with 287 ratings. However, when searching for BBQ, Truth BBQ was not listed but Hill Country BBQ was with a rating of 4.9 with 707 ratings. This was also found to be the case for the state of California between Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ and Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ. This was troubling because we had already documented 80% of the states.
Google states that you can add in the word “or” to get both results. So we tried BBQ or Barbecue in Texas, but both restaurants did not show up in the list.
We take our BBQ seriously and could not risk the backlash of other BBQ Lovers discovering this and then criticizing, claiming this was false research. Ohh well for us. This just means we had to start over and twice the amount of work to do. We knew what we had to do!

How did we sort the best BBQ restaurants in this list?

We thought it would be easy to pick a sort option like alphabetical or highest rated. We decided we were going to sort this list by state population from smallest to largest.
States were sorted by population rank according to Infoplease.com in 2015.
Under each listing you will find the rating during the time this article was created in July of 2018 and how many ratings by Google reviewers. We did our best to find the outside of their buildings and include some mouth watering eye candy for your viewing pleasure!

You will also find some famous celebrities captured eating from these fine establishments, such as culinary expert Anthony Bourdain, Tonight Show host Jay Leno, and former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush.

If you are going to travel the good old USA searching for great BBQ, consider this is a road map laid out for you! Merica!
Are you looking for a bbq restaurant that is near you currently? We have a BBQ Locator page that will show you your closest BBQ joints of your current location.
Remember to support your local small businesses and tip your servers and bartenders!
This information was gathered in July of 2018.


HQ Southern BBQ

4.5 367 Reviews

​70 Curtis St, Evansville, WY 82636

Google Map, Website, Facebook


Prohibition Pig

4.5 1,020 Reviews

23 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676

Google Map, Website, Facebook, Instagram 




Roscoe’s Catfish and Barbeque

4.3 142 Reviews

120 E 6th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

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North Dakota

Taylor Made BBQ

4.6 117 Reviews

316 W Main St, Mandan, ND 58554

Google Map, Website, Facebook 

South Dakota

Squealer’s Smoke Shack

4.7 114 Reviews

750 E 1st St, Tea, SD 57064

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Fat Daddy’s BBQ

4.7 216 Reviews

13203 Seashore Hwy, Georgetown, DE 19947

Google Map, Website, Facebook 




Cherries BBQ Pit

4.8 142 Reviews

105 2nd St E, Polson, MT 59860

Google Map, Facebook 


Rhode Island

Becky’s BBQ

4.5 180 Reviews

82 E Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

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Noble Barbecue

4.7 139 Reviews

1306, 1706 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103

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New Hampshire

Smokeshow Barbeque

4.8 208 Reviews

89 Fort Eddy Rd, Concord, NH 03301

Google Map, Website, Facebook




TJ’S BBQ By The Beach

4.8 123 Reviews

75-6129 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

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Famous Willies Barbecue

4.8 248 Reviews

107 E 7th Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854

Google Map, Website, Facebook, Instagram 




West Virginia

Rollin Smoke BBQ

4.8 135 Reviews

4008 Crede Dr, Charleston, WV 25302

Google Map, Website



Smokin Stan’S Bbq

4.8 124 Reviews

114 Madison Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701

Google Map, Website, Facebook

New Mexico

Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbeque

4.9 366 Reviews

105 James Canyon Hwy, Cloudcroft, NM 88317

Google Map, Facebook, Instagram 




Fox Smokehouse BBQ

4.8 496 Reviews

1007 Elm St, Boulder City, NV 89005

Google Map, Website, Facebook, Instagram 



Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que

4.8 4,037 Reviews

3002 W 47th St, Kansas City, KS 66103

Google Map, Website, Facebook, Instagram




Wright’s Barbecue

4.8 274

5292, 2212 Main Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72704

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Mama Hamil’s Southern Cookin’ and Bar B Que Buffet

4.7 1,041 Reviews

751 US-51, Madison, MS 39110

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Smokin Bones BBQ

4.7 498 Reviews

364 S 200 W, Bountiful, UT 84010

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Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ

4.8 134 Reviews

300 Potter Dr, Bellevue, IA 52031

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Pig Rig BBQ

4.8 281 Reviews

950 Yale Ave, Wallingford, CT 06492

Google Map, Website, Facebook


Rustler’s BBQ

4.9 100 Reviews

806 Industrial St, Henryetta, OK 74437

Google Map, Website, Facebook,  




Roger That BBQ

4.8 295 Reviews

1492 Brush College Rd NW, Salem, OR 97304

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Blue Door Smokehouse

4.8 450 Reviews

226 Walton Ave, Lexington, KY 40502

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Johnson’s Boucaniere

4.8 188 Reviews

1111 St John St, Lafayette, LA 70501

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South Carolina

Mike & Jeff’s BBQ Catering

4.8 309 Reviews

2401 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville, SC 29609

Google Map, Website, Facebook, Instagram 



Roaming Buffalo Bar-B-Que

4.8 311 Reviews

2387 S Downing St, Denver, CO 80210

Google Map, Website, Facebook, Instagram


Smoke-In- D’s BBQ

4.8 109 Reviews

31 N Benton Dr, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

Google Map, Website, Facebook



4.9 382 Reviews

1880 Co Hwy ES, East Troy, WI 53120

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Outlaw BBQ Smokehouse

4.8 130 Reviews

1300 N Main St, Hampstead, MD 21074

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4.8 802 Reviews

1627 S 9th St, St. Louis, MO 63104

Google Map, Website, Facebook



Delauder’s BBQ

4.9 254 Reviews

680 Glades Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Google Map, Website, Facebook



Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse

4.8 756 Reviews

800 E Main St, Westfield, IN 46074

Google Map, Website, Facebook



B.T.’s Smokehouse

4.7 1,380 Reviews

392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566

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Because Pastrami

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Little Miss BBQ

4.8 1,155 Reviews

4301 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Dannys BBQ

4.8 253 Reviews

11871 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

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The BBQ Shack

4.9 136 Reviews

849 Old George Washington Hwy N, Chesapeake, VA 23323

Google Map, Facebook


New Jersey

Henri’s Hotts Barbecue

4.8 201 Reviews

1003 E Black Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037

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The Q Smokehouse

4.8 207 Reviews

225 S James St, Ludington, MI 49431

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North Carolina

JD’s Smokehouse

4.8·963 Reviews

500 Malcolm Blvd, Connelly Springs, NC 28612

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Barnyard BBQ

4.9 113 Reviews

1030 Old Bell Lake Rd, Douglas, GA 31533

Google Map, Facebook


Cockeye BBQ

4.8 509 Reviews

1805 Parkman Rd NW, Warren, OH 44485

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Federal Hill Smokehouse

4.8 271 Reviews

2609 US-19, Erie, PA 16508

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The Hog Wild

4.7 2,066 Reviews

14933 Pulaski Rd, Midlothian, IL 60445

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New York

Revenge BBQ

4.9 104 Reviews

48 Main St, Irvington, NY 10533

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Big Lee’s – Serious About Barbecue

4.9 238 Reviews

3925 SE 45th Ct, Ocala, FL 34480

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Hill Country BBQ

4.9 707 Reviews

27004 Hwy 6, Hempstead, TX 77445

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Oink and Moo Burgers and BBQ

4.8 313 Reviews

121 N Pico Ave, Fallbrook, CA 92028

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