Never judge a book by its cover. Even though our English teachers would have scolded us for using such a worn cliche, it’s a lesson many of us were taught by our parents and others. These nine hole in the wall BBQ restaurants in Pittsburgh – that might not look so fancy on the outside but serve authentic, delicious barbecue – prove our parents were right all along.
1. The Dream BBQ – 7600 North Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Indulge in a filling meal at Dream BBQ. The unassuming BBQ restaurant's menu features such dishes as ribs, turkey ribs, barbecue chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens, and potato salad. Stop by the Dream BBQ Monday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
2. Wilson’s Bar-B-Que – 700 North Taylor Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Tantalize your tastebuds as you peruse the menu at Wilson's BBQ, which boasts such dishes as chicken and ribs. Add traditional sides - collard greens, macaroni salad, or coleslaw - for a meal you can eat in or take out. Treat yourself to Wilson's BBQ Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.
3. South Side BBQ Company – 75 S 17th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Grab a seat at the South Side BBQ Company, a popular restaurant that got its start as a food truck. Peruse the menu that stars such entrees as pulled pork, pulled chicken and St. Louis-style ribs and sandwiches, including brisket and pulled pork. South Side BBQ Company welcomes guests Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
4. The Pitt Stop – 564 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA 15202
Dine in or take out, either way you'll find plenty of authentic BBQ dishes on the menu at the Pitt Stop. Choose from such smoked BBQ as pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and beef brisket. Stop by the Pitt Stop Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
5. Hog Father’s Old-Fashioned BBQ – 1301 Jefferson Avenue, Washington, PA 15301
Satisfy your cravings for barbecue at Hog Father's Old-Fashioned BBQ. Peruse the generous menu that features such popular entrees as baby back ribs, St. Louis-style ribs, southern fried chicken, BBQ fish and chips, and bacon wrapped BBQ shrimp. Hog Father's Old-Fashioned BBQ welcomes diners daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Take out and catering are available.
6. Elliott's Back Street BBQ – 3006 North Lewis Run Road, Clairton, PA 15025
Get your BBQ fix at Elliott's Back Street BBQ where you'll have plenty of mouthwatering dishes to choose from, including St. Louis-style pork ribs, beef brisket, and pulled pork. Elliott's Back Back Street Barbecue is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
7. Selma’s Texas Barbecue – 9155 University Boulevard, Coraopolis, PA 15108
Experience old-fashioned authentic barbecue at Selma's Texas BBQ, which features specials each day. Monday, for example, is Rib Day while Tuesday is Pulled Pork Wrangler Sandwich Combo Day. Take out and catering are also available. Selma's Texas BBQ is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
8. Showcase BBQ – 6800 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Order online or in person at Showcase BBQ, The quaint BBQ restaurant boasts a variety of dishes, including brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings, chicken and ribs, mac and cheese, potato salad, green beans, and yams. Dine at Showcase BBQ Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.
9. Z-Best BBQ – 1315 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tease your taste buds with a meal at Z-Best BBQ. Expect a challenge when deciding what to order from the menu - chicken wings, ribs, fried wing dings, and the pulled pork sandwiches. Available sides include baked beans, sweet potatoes, cornbread, and collard greens. Visit Z-Best BBQ Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.