Cleveland February 13, 2017
Here Are 8 BBQ Joints in Cleveland That Will Leave Your Mouth Watering Uncontrollably
Is there any food quite as delicious as good barbecue? Ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket… The whole gamut of smoked meat classics makes for a delicious spread. And as tasty as it is, a real barbecue experience involves a lot more heart (and napkins) than your average meal. While Cleveland is a little far from the tar-roofed rib shacks of the South, we have plenty of flavor from our very own pitmasters, as evidenced by these eight great barbecue joints:
1. Mabel's BBQ (2050 E 4th St)
Mabel's offers what might be the very best smoked meats in Cleveland, ranging from ribs so tender they fall off the bone, to chicken that practically melts in your mouth. Sauce can certainly spice up your barbecue experience, but here at Mabel's, you won't need it to relish every bite.
2. Hot Sauce Williams (7815 Carnegie Ave)
While Hot Sauce Williams might look like an unassuming rib joint from the outside, the unforgettably delicious barbecue menu is some of Cleveland's best eating.
3. Open Pitt Bar-B-Que (12335 St. Clair Ave)
This local favorite blends a simple, straightforward dining atmosphere with homestyle cooking so good you'll swear a seasoned pitmaster was at work in the kitchen.
4. Al and B's Barbeque (15115 Puritas Rd)
Al and B's is a barbecue staple in Cleveland, and after one taste, it's easy to see why. The food is gloriously messy in the way that only the best barbecue ever is. Flavorful meats and delicious sides add up to a barbecue experience that is sure to satisfy. Just don't skimp on the napkins.
5. Ribsticks BBQ (13892 Cedar Rd)
Ribsticks is a University Circle staple, dishing out monstrous portions of wonderfully saucy pork, chicken and sandwiches. The cool exposed brick interior and iconic chalk art only adds to the unique experience of a meal here.
6. Brooklyn Barbeque (6102 Memphis Ave)
In barbecue, simplicity goes a long way. You won't eat on fine china at Brooklyn Barbecue, but they fill their Styrofoam and aluminum foil packages to the brim with incredible food. Don't forget to order your crinkle-cut fries smothered in the house sauce.
7. Mission BBQ (8225 W Ridgewood Dr, Parma)
Though it's a little farther away in nearby Parma, the enormous platters of homestyle barbecue at this fairly new trendy establishment are simply too good to leave out. With this much barbecue goodness, you'll definitely end up with plenty of leftovers.
8. Rose's Braai (401 Euclid Ave)
Barbecue is a worldwide phenomenon, capturing the hearts and minds (and stomachs) of any place where there is meat and an open pit to smoke it in. Rose's Braai is an African barbecue restaurant with a menu combining American smokehouse classics with traditional African fare, making it a barbecue joint unlike any other you've ever been to.
Ever been to one of these amazing barbecue places? Let us know in the comments below!