Kentucky September 10, 2017
These 9 Hole In The Wall BBQ Restaurants In Kentucky Will Make Your Tastebuds Go Crazy
Kentuckians love hole-in-the-wall restaurants and we love good barbecue. Put the two together and you’ve got this list of noteworthy, small town BBQ joints that are worth a visit no matter where you live in the Bluegrass State. These spots are well known by the locals in the area, and by those who frequently make side trips just to enjoy the tasty barbecue. So go ahead and save this list on your phone, computer, memory, wherever, because you’re going to want to visit all of these BBQ restaurants that will make your tastebuds go crazy.
1. Babes BBQ - 2176 Cincinnati Rd. Georgetown, KY 40324
Located just off the beaten path outside of Georgetown, Babes is quite possibly the friendliest barbecue joint in Kentucky. This family-owned, country restaurant serves up made-from-sratch sides and biscuits with their mouthwatering barbecue. The food is amazing, but the atmosphere and warm welcome when you walk in both make Babes one of the best of the best.
2. Deez Butts - Located within the Awesome Flea Market in Shepherdsville on the weekends, and also from 2 Food Trucks in Elizabethtown Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Deez Butts earns a spot on this list not only for its outstanding bbq (and hilarious name), but because it is literally located in a hole in the wall. Every Saturday and Sunday, you'll find Deez Butts set up within the Awesome Flea Market in Shepherdsville. The standout here is the fresh and high quality meat, and the preparation of everything on their menu. You'll taste the difference and start finding reasons to visit the flea market a little more often.
3. J & B Barbecue - 48 S. Holloway St. Henderson, Kentucky 42420
This unassuming building in Henderson is home to some of the best barbecue in Kentucky. Your plate filled with deliciousness is served with a couple slices of bread, just as it should be. The homemade potato salad is also a must-try here; it is outstanding!
4. Fritz's Barbeque Shack - 1230 Crabtree Ave. Owensboro, KY 42301
Sadly, after filing this story, we learned that Fritz's closed up shop this past week. As a staple of the Kentucky BBQ scene, it will be sorely missed.
Fritz's is up against tough competition in Owensboro, but this hole-in-the-wall has safely secured its place among the best. It's not about the restaurant itself here - it's drive-thru or picnic table seating only - the focus is all on the food, and it definitely shows. The pulled pork and ribs are perfection, as are the sides that go along with them. And keep in mind, they also serve breakfast!
5. Bacon's Barbecue - Check out their Facebook page
here to find out where they'll be next!
You may have to work a little bit to track down Bacon's Barbecue but it will be well worth your effort! Many say that Bacon's has the best bbq in the Bluegrass and once you've tried it, it'll be hard to argue otherwise. They set up shop at different spots around Northern Kentucky, so be sure to follow along with them on Facebook to see where they are headed next. The ribs go fast, keep that in mind, and ask about the Dirty Dog - it's a must-try!
6. Knoth's Bar-B-Que - 728 US HWY 62 Grand Rivers, KY 42045
After a day at the lake, nothing tastes better than a meal at Knoth's Bar-B-Que. Located in Grand Rivers, this family-owned restaurant is relaxed and eccentric and serves some the best barbecue in the state. The sauce is unbelievable, as is everything on the menu. Just look at the perfection in the photo above!
7. CopperTop Bar-B-Q - 112 Cassidy Ave. Fredonia, KY 42411
CopperTop may be too adorable to call a hole-in-the-wall, but it sure does have some outstanding barbecue. This country restaurant is just as friendly and welcoming as the exterior and everything on the menu is outstanding. They have traditional ribs, brisket and chicken, but the BBQ Rolls and homemade ice cream are also worth a try!
8. Thomason's Barbecue - 701 Atkinson St. Henderson, KY 42420
In the small town of Henderson, Thomason's is the definition of a hole-in-the-wall hidden gem. It's a local favorite and others tend to drive out of the way just for some of their infamous barbecue. If you like mutton, this is your chance to try some of the best and don't forget to order the BBQ beans - they are the best in the state!
9. Roy's Bar-B-Que - 101 Sarah Lane Russellville, KY 42276
Since 1983, Roy's has been delighting locals and travelers alike with its unbelievable barbecue. The meats are the highlight here, as well as the friendly service and delicious homemade pies. If you're not in the mood for barbecue, Roy's has some of the best fried catfish around!
Good barbecue is fairly easy to find in Kentucky, but excellent barbecue is only found in places like these where the owners pour their heart and soul into their cooking. How many of these BBQ joints have you been to? Did we miss your favorite hole-in-the-wall? Let us know about it in the comments!
And for even more mouthwatering BBQ restaurants in Kentucky, check out one of our previous lists