Minnesota June 27, 2017
These 10 Hole In The Wall BBQ Restaurants In Minnesota Will Make Your Tastebuds Go Crazy
When most people think of Minnesota, world-class BBQ doesn’t come to mind. And we shouldn’t blame them; our state has plenty of other great things to offer, including delicious and innovative cuisine. However, that’s not to say we don’t have any BBQ to offer. In fact, there are quite a few notable BBQ restaurants – and some lesser known options as well. These 10 hole-in-the-wall BBQ restaurants in Minnesota are sure to satisfy any BBQ lover. Take a look:
1. C&G's Smoking Barbecue - Minneapolis
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The exterior may not be too glamorous, but this little BBQ shop is one to write home about. With just a few tables inside, you're in for an intimate dining experience. But you won't even notice the size after you take the first bite. This restaurant is the real deal.
Address: 4723 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis.
2. Big Daddy's BBQ - St. Paul
Here's another tiny BBQ restaurant, this time tucked away into St. Paul's Midway neighborhood. Easily accessible from University Avenue, this little spot will satisfy your BBQ craving in a jiffy. If you're a fan of real southern BBQ, this one is for you.
Address: 625 University Avenue, St. Paul.
3. Smokey's Pub N' Grill - East Bethel
In the small town of East Bethel, Smokey's is a giant of Memphis-style BBQ. The extensive menu is full of favorites from pulled pork to ribeye. As a bonus, Smokey's often has events that are sure to entice BBQ fans. On July 29 this year, Smokey's Fest will bring a southern picnic to East Bethel for only $5 a person.
Address: 552 Lincoln Drive, East Bethel.
4. Louie's Bucket of Bones - Ironton
This little-known spot in northern Minnesota may not be the most famous, but they make up for that in flavor. Tender meats are the name of the game, but don't skimp out on the sides.
Address: 101 4th Street, Ironton.
5. The Rib Cage - Osseo
As a roadside stand, this spot could be the very definition of "hole-in-the-wall." But don't let its appearance fool you. When this seasonal roadside restaurant is open, it serves up some outstanding BBQ. Many diners rave about their ribs, but all of the meat is tender and flavorful. Be sure to savor some baked beans and coleslaw as well.
Address: 1-57 Auburn Drive, Osseo.
6. FireBox Deli - Minneapolis
From the outside, you might not be too impressed by the FireBox Deli. But go inside and you'll find a cheerful restaurant filled with the delicious scent of BBQ. The menu is full of reasonably priced BBQ classics, but the restaurant is especially known for its beef brisket, which is rubbed with a secret blend of spices and then smoked for up to 14 hours. Yum!
Address: 4707 Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis.
7. Rooster's BBQ - St. Paul
This little St. Paul restaurant serves up mouthwatering Memphis BBQ in the form of ribs and pulled pork. The food is so good, in fact, that has been recognized by local media for having some of the best BBQ in the Twin Cities. Check it out. You won't regret it.
Address: 979 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul.
8. Blue Collar BBQ - Lexington
At its location just north of the Twin Cities, Blue Collar BBQ is a great spot to enjoy a bit to eat outside on a warm summer day. Their picnic tables are especially inviting when loaded down with delicious BBQ. They specialize in ribs, brisket, burnt ends, and mouthwatering side dishes.
Address: 4115 Woodland Road, Lexington.
9. Bayport BBQ - Bayport
Bayport BBQ has certainly gotten a lot of attention since it was recognized on the Food Network. But this little spot is still cranking out the same delicious food from its tiny location in downtown Bayport. Their Texas-style BBQ is not to be missed. Luckily, they make it super easy to try everything: just show up when they're running their dine-in buffet.
Address: 328 5th Avenue North, Bayport.
10. Smoke-in-D's BBQ - Sauk Rapids
Have you ever been to any of these BBQ restaurants? Which one was your favorite?
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