In the world of barbecue, there are many varieties to please different palates. Some like their sauce sweet while others like it hot, and some even like it a little tangy. There is a style of barbecue for each of these tastes, and that goes double for Minnesota. There many great barbecue restaurants around the North Star State, but which ones serve the best BBQ sandwiches? We’re here to tell you where you should head to find out-of-this-world BBQ sandwiches in Minnesota.
1. OMC Smokehouse - Duluth
OMC is known on the North Shore area as a BBQ hotspot! The staff and service go beyond any expectations. From ribs to brisket, OMC has BBQ galore, and the sides are out-of-this-world amazing. Our suggestion? The Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, which is pulled pork, pepperjack cheese, cilantro lime slaw and pickled jalapeños. Your taste buds will thank you!
Address: 1909 West Superior Street, Duluth.
2. Piggy Blues BBQ - Austin
Austin, Minnesota, may be better known for its love of SPAM, but their barbecue is not too shabby, either! Piggy Blues BBQ boasts many great menu items such as pork tacos and even po' boys! Do yourself a favor, though, and get the Lip Smackin' Sandwich. It's your choice of barbecued meat on a fresh-baked artisan roll, served with their famous pit potatoes, coleslaw, baked beans, and cornbread. Yum!
Address: 323 North Main Street, Austin.
3. Smoke-In D's BBQ - Sauk Rapids
Central Minnesota is home to many great barbecue sandwiches, but a top choice is Smoke-In D’s. Their pulled pork sandwich has the perfect about of barbecue sauce and is served on a soft, homemade bun will leave you craving more. When served alongside the mac and cheese and their signature slaw, you have a perfect combination of great food!
Address 31 Benton Drive North, Sauk Rapids.
4. Smoke in the Pit - Minneapolis
You guys, if you haven’t tried the BBQ sandwiches at Smoke in the Pit, you're missing out! Between the mouth-watering beef brisket sandwich and the delicious rib tips, this place is a winner. But the BBQ sandwich takes the cake! Do not turn away from this hole-in-the-wall barbecue joint, or you may regret it.
Address: 3733 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis.
5. Blue Collar Barbecue - Lexington
Although you can’t have a dine-in experience at Blue Collar Barbecue, you can get a great experience and amazing food! The outdoor seating does offer somewhere to dine if you just can't wait to eat. But there's nothing wrong with taking your food to-go! Just be sure you order the super amazing pulled chicken sandwich with a side of their equally amazing beans!
Address: 4115 Woodland Road, Lexington.
6. Q Fanatic BBQ - Champlin
This well-known counter service joint doles out some of the best slow-roasted BBQ classics in the state! The tender, melt-in-your-mouth smoked meats are so amazing they sometimes run out! You will not regret ordering the Q ban, which isn’t your typical BBQ sandwich; you’ll find pulled ham and pork with Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard BBQ sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
Address: 180 Miller Road, Champlin.
7. Bayport BBQ - Bayport
Located in Bayport, this BBQ joint is anything but ordinary! From the unassuming exterior to the diner vibe, Bayport BBQ is may just surprise you. The restaurant was once featured on
Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, so you know their food is good. Why? People come from miles around to sample their pulled pork, creamed corn, and slaw. Stop in for a taste of real southern BBQ! Address: 328 5th Avenue North, Bayport.
8. Timberjack Smokehouse & Saloon - Pequot Lakes
Stepping into Timberjack Smokehouse & Saloon makes you feel like you’ve walked into a place where everybody knows your name! All of the smoked meats are smoked out back with recipes that have been passed down for 30 years. The shredded pork sandwich, served on a French roll with Southern-style barbecue sauce and coleslaw will leave you craving more!
Address: 4443 County Road 168, Pequot Lakes.
9. Smokey's Pub 'N Grill - East Bethel
A newer restaurant on the barbecue scene, Smokey’s Pub N' Grill will not disappoint! With over 100 craft beers, including 25 tap lines, you’ll find the perfect paring to their extensive menu. The Hog Melt, a delicious menu item consisting of smoked pulled pork, bacon and sweet red BBQ sauce stuffed inside a grilled cheese, will leave your taste buds screaming for more! Trust us when we say that you should add a trip toSmokey’s Pub N' Gill to your bucket list today!
Address: 522 Lincoln Drive, East Bethel.
What do you think? Are there any BBQ sandwich restaurants you’d add to the list? Let us know down below! And if you love barbecue, don’t forget to check out our list of the
best hole-in-the-wall BBQ joints in Minnesota.