Pittsburgh’s a tiny slice of heaven for food lovers. And, if you just happen to love barbecue, you’re certainly in luck because some of the best barbecue joints, many of which make their authentic barbecue from scratch, call Pittsburgh home. Satisfy that barbecue craving while visiting one of the 10 best BBQ places in Pittsburgh.
1. YinzBurgh BBQ - 4903 Baum Boulevard
Indulge in traditional southern barbecue at YinzBurgh BBQ where the food is slow cooked with special spices and served without the sauce. Instead, you choose which of six homemade sauces to top your meal. Vegan and vegetarian? No worries. YinzBurgh BBQ's got you covered, too, with its smoked tofu and vegan and vegetarian side dishes.
2. Pittsburgh Barbecue Company - 1000 Banksville Road
Treat yourself to award-winning barbecue from the Pittsburgh Barbecue Company. The popular take-out spot only cooks its North Carolina-style BBQ on fruit woods like cherry and maple. The carryout menu features such favorites as rack of ribs, smoked brisket, and pulled pork as well as sides including hickory baked beans, cornbread, and baked apples.
3. Showcase Barbecue - 6800 Frankstown Avenue
Head to Showcase Barbecue for delicious traditional BBQ and soul food. The mouthwatering menu features beef ribs, turkey ribs, pork ribs, brisket/pulled pork, mac and cheese, potato salad, green beans, baked beans, and yams. Showcase Barbecue welcomes diners Tuesday through Sunday.
4. South Side BBQ Company - 75 S 17th Street
Get your barbecue fix anytime at South Side BBQ Company, a brick and mortar location that was born of the popular food truck that still makes its rounds in the Pittsburgh area. Try the popular BBQ joint's famous Bar-Ba-Cone (delicious barbecue served in a cone!) or order such traditional favorites as a brisket sandwich, a pulled pork sandwich, BBQ chicken, pulled chicken, pulled pork, and St. Louis style ribs. Don't forget to add a few sides like the North Carolina slaw, grilled sweet potatoes, pepper jack mac and cheese, and sweet cornbread.
5. Twelve Whiskey Barbecue - 1222 East Carson Street
Toast a delicious barbecue meal with one of the 100 bottle and 16 draft beers at Twelve Whiskey Barbecue. The South Side BBQ joint offers ribs, chicken and waffles, sausage gravy, and biscuits. The BBQ restaurant and bar also regularly features a buffet that has earned praise from guests.
6. Smoq Pitt - 600 Brookline Boulevard
Celebrate fresh food at Smoq Pitt which boasts a farm to table philosophy. Bring your own beer then enjoy the delicious challenge of deciding just what to order from the extensive menu that includes ribs, brisket, chicken, and combos with sides like homemade soup, cornbread, coleslaw, baked beans, and mac and cheese.
7. Wilson's Bar-B-Q - 700 N Taylor Avenue
Decide for yourself if Wilson's Bar-B-Q really does have the best ribs in Pittsburgh, as so many fans claim. The simple, no-frills BBQ joint promises delicious barbecue favorites such as ribs, BBQ chicken, potato salad, sweet potato pie, and collard greens.
8. Z-Best BBQ - 1315 5th Avenue
Will you agree that Z-Best BBQ, near the Console Energy Center, indeed has the best barbecue you've ever tasted? Prepare to tantalize your taste buds with such menu items as a rib dinner, a chicken wing dinner, a family meal, or ribs only, fried wing dings, or chicken only. Z-Best BBQ also features sides including cabbage, collard greens, cornbread, and sweet potatoes.
9. The Dream BBQ - 7600 N Braddock Avenue
Go ahead. Give in to your BBQ craving at The Dream BBQ, where you'll be tempted by such delicious menu items as the rib sandwich, the rib dinner, wings, or a chicken dinner. Popular sides include yams, mac and cheese, string beans, potato salad, and baked beans.
10. Rowdy BBQ - 3900 Saw Mill Run Boulevard
Serve dinner hot with mouthwatering barbecue, made fresh daily, from Rowdy BBQ, a take-out and catering service. All the food at Rowdy BBQ is homemade and the popular BBQ spot boasts popular menu items including St. Louis style ribs, the pulled pork sandwich, the BBQ beef brisket sandwich, and the chicken bacon ranch sandwich.
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