Indiana January 14, 2022
The Most Delicious Indiana Road Trip Takes You To 7 Hole-In-The-Wall BBQ Restaurants
Few cuisines are quite as universally well-loved as barbecue. Almost every civilization since the beginning of forever has had its own spins on it, and today, it remains one of the top favorite foods in the United States. Well, we here at OnlyInYourState want to take a couple of hours to celebrate the best barbecue in Indiana with a delightfully delicious, melt-in-your-mouth amazing road trip. It’s brief at a little over two hours if you don’t stop (but why wouldn’t you?), but trust us when we say the journey your tastebuds are about to go on is an amazing one. See the entire journey – and change the route if you need to –
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Though we'll be spending most of our time in the Indy area, you can expect to begin your journey in Edinburgh, Indiana, at Hickory Hillz BBQ.
16021 US-31, Edinburgh, IN 46124, USA
Hickory Hillz has long been a delicious staple in Edinburgh; it's among the highest-rated restaurants in the area, and something that seems to come up in the reviews a lot is, "This is some of THE best (everything)!" They offer up all the classics, and each dish is perfect on its own.
Learn more about this little bbq stop shop on its official website.
Next, we'll head up to Indianapolis, where we'll make a few stops.
The first of them is the wonderful Smokin' Barrel BBQ, which certainly fits the description as a "hole in the wall" thanks to its being within the SERTOMA Club of East Indy.
2316 S German Church Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46239, USA
Our next stop goes to Earl's BBQ Smokehouse, one of the highest-rated small restaurants on our trip.
36 E Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA
This little place is also the epitome of "hole-in-the-wall," considering it doesn't even have a website of its own! The reviews don't lie, though, and common sentiments are that this little joint serves up "the real deal," with one person stating that it reminds him of his dad's barbecue back home in Texas. If that's not one of the highest compliments a barbecue spot can get, we don't know what is.
Next up! We hope you saved some room (okay, probably impossible at this point) because this next one is a doozy!
140 S College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA
Old Gold Barbecue is a long-standing local fave, and it's easy to understand why. Everything it serves is heavenly; folks swear that after trying the brisket nachos at Old Gold, they won't ever eat nachos from anywhere else ever again. Sounds good to us.
Check out the official website
for the menu, hours, and plenty more info.
Our next stop is a little place known as Rooster's, which is a place beloved among locals, many of whom are regulars here.
888 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA
Our second-to-last restaurant is one of the best barbecue places in Indiana that nobody's ever heard of.
3736 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA
Hank's Smoked Briskets is a tiny place with huge flavor. Patrons have quite literally driven up to Indiana from as far as San Antonio to try this place, and it's worth that drive and then some. When it comes to the best barbecue in Indiana, it doesn't get much better than Hank's, and Hank's deserves all the love.
Check out the official Hank's website for a menu and more!
Finally, we head up to Cicero for our last (but not least) stop: Big Dog's Smokehouse.
29 E Jackson St, Cicero, IN 46034, USA
This Cicero legend is a must-do for every Hoosier (and everyone outside of Indiana, too). If you enjoy ribs that you can't pick up by the bone because all the meat just sloughs off, you're in the right place.
Check out the official website
and try to contain your mouth-watering. We betcha can't. Everything here is melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
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What are some of your favorite barbecue stops in Indiana that you’d like to see us include in future road trips?
Tell us all about them by filling out this form! Address: 29 E Jackson St, Cicero, IN 46034, USA Address: 16021 US-31, Edinburgh, IN 46124, USA Address: 140 S College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA Address: 888 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204, USA Address: 36 E Troy Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46225, USA Address: 2316 S German Church Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46239, USA Address: 3736 Doctor M.L.K. Jr St, Indianapolis, IN 46208, USA