When the weather starts to warm up, that can only mean one thing: Barbecue. Now, everyone has their personal preference when it comes to barbecue, particularly when it comes to the sauce. Are you more of a Carolina Sauce person, or a Kansas sauce person? Or maybe you’re a Memphis sauce person. Whatever type of sauce you like, you may have wondered where you can get the best barbecue near you. Well, we’ve got your back! Below we’ve listed (in alphabetical order) the best BBQ restaurants that will make your tastebuds go crazy.
1. BBQ West
Lake Charles locals will tell you it’s the best BBQ they’ve ever had. It’s a casual, low-key restaurant that packs a huge flavor. You’ll never have a bad meal here at BBQ West!
2618 Derek Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70607
2. Blue Oak BBQ
NOLA natives Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley opened Blue Oak BBQ in 2012 and won over the community’s hearts almost instantly. Their brisket and ribs are one of the most popular items on the menu, and it’s easy to see why--they just melt in your mouth!
900 N. Carrolton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
3. Brister’s Smokehouse BBQ
If you’re looking for St. Louis style ribs, this is the place to go. Tender and juicy, they’re slowly smoked for 3 hours. One of their unique dishes is their smoked potatoes. It’s just like a normal baked potato, except it’s been slow smoked for several hours, giving it an extra awesome burst of flavor. Topped with all the fixings and your choice of brisket, ham, turkey, or sausage. What more could you possibly ask for?
1313 Cooktown Road, Ruston, LA 71270.
Across the river from Baton Rouge you’ll find Cou-yon’s. Founded by Louisiana brothers Paul and Michael Mladenka, these guys are devoted to serving mouth-watering Cajun-inspired BBQ.
470 N. Alexander Avenue, Port Allen, LA 70767.
5. Eddie’s Smokehouse & Seafood
With two locations, you’re never too far from some amazing BBQ (if you’re in Alexandria, at least). The meat practically falls off the bone, which is always a sign of a great BBQ establishment. Their seafood is out of this world too, so grab a shrimp poboy on your way out!
6100 West Calhoun Drive, Alexandria, LA 71303.
1024 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA 71303.
6. The Francis Smokehouse & Specialty Meats
This place is a wonderful blend of BBQ and cajun cuisine. Their BBQ is absolutely delicious (try their brisket!), you can’t go wrong. But even if you’re not in the mood for BBQ, their pepper jack boudin balls are super popular, and they’d make a great appetizer for the table.
6779 Hwy 61, St. Francisville, LA 70775
7. Johnson’s Boucaniere
Johnson’s smokes all of their meats in-house, using the same recipes from Johnson’s Grocery, which was located in Eunice and opened in 1937. Their briskets are slow smoked for 12-14 hours with a sauce they’ve perfected over the years.
1111 Saint John St, Lafayette, LA 70501.
8. Outlaw’s Barbecue
An amazing BBQ joint serving up mouth-watering BBQ with all the fixings.
818 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA 71303
359 Kings Country Road, Pineville, LA 71360.
This place is truly one-of-a-kind. From BBQ, smoked meats, mac and cheese, and hot tamales, they make 90% of their dishes from scratch, the way it should be. When they can, they use ingredients from local farmers markets, ensuring you get the freshest, tastiest meal possible.
14241 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
10. Smoke BBQ
Low and slow is their motto, and you definitely can taste all the effort that’s gone into the food. You’ve got to try their pulled pork sandwich, it’ll change your life.
1005 N. Collins Blvd, Covington, LA 70433
11. Hickory Stick
It’s been called "The Best BBQ In Shreveport" several times, and it’s easy to see why. They’ve been serving delicious BBQ for 40 years, and it’s certainly a community favorite. The servings are huge, so you’ll definitely be leaving with a full belly. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu, but be sure to get a side of potato salad (it’s a crowd favorite!)
4448 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105.