Wisconsin is internationally known for quite a few different foods and beverages, but BBQ isn’t one of them. Folks who’ve traveled or lived elsewhere will complain about the lack of good BBQ, but frankly, those folks just aren’t looking hard enough.
Here are some of the biggest, best, tastiest and most amazing BBQ sandwiches that you’ll want to try ASAP!
1. LD's BBQ - East Troy
If you've ever lived down south you know that some of the best food you've ever had can come from the oddest places and LD's is no exception. Sure, gas station bbq isn't the norm in Wisconsin, but LD's proves it should be.
Located at 1880 Co Hwy ES, East Troy, WI 53120. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
2. Bob's Bitchin BBQ - Dodgeville
This one starts with a bun hearty enough to hold up to all that pulled pork goodness tied together with slaw and sweet potato fries.
Located at 167 N Iowa St, Dodgeville, WI 53533. Closed Mondays.
3. Joe's Texas BBQ - Green Bay
I'm stretching the definition of a sandwich here, but these always changing but always delicious tacos are heaven-sent. BBQ tacos really need to be more of a thing.
Located at 1800 S Ashland Ave, Green Bay, WI 54304. Closed Sundays.
4. Casey's BBQ & Smokehouse - Egg Harbor
This is Wisconsin, so we know the only way to improve on stellar bbq is to add some equally awesome cheese.
Located at 7855 WI-42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209. Closed Mondays.
5. Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse - Hayward, Hudson and Rice Lake
With a ton of topping offerings, Old Southern already wins our heart for the build-your-own style they go with. Then the created the Memphis Combo Sandwich and it was true love. Brisket and pulled pork combined, topped with sauce and slices of smoked sausage and plus your favorite toppers.
I'm going to need a moment to collect myself.
Located at 2421 Hanley Rd #700, Hudson, WI 54016. Closed Sundays.
6. Double B's BBQ - West Allis
I once had a smoked deviled egg from here, proving once again that pretty much everything is improved by a trip to the smoker. Their standard BBQ sandwiches are all amazing, but I love this twist on a classic: The MKE-style smoked beef sandwich.
Located at 7420 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
7. Blowin' Smoke - Waunakee
This combo of beef and pork needs no help being awesome. Check out the smoke rings and little crispy bits.
Located at 1336 Montondon Ave, Waunakee, WI 53597. Closed Sundays.
8. Big Boar BBQ & Catering - West Salem
Perfect sides, simple smoked brisket and again with the necessary bun. Plus cornbread. It's a meaty, carb-y dream.
Located at 510 Commerce St, West Salem, WI 54669.
9. Pat's Rib Place - Waukesha
As the name implies, the ribs are the main attraction here, but don't be afraid to stray to other part of the menu for some pretty stellar options.
Located at 151 E Sunset Dr, Waukesha, WI 53189. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
10. J's BBQ - Ripon
First of all - the pretzel bun is a spectacular choice. Then it's stuffed with juicy, tender meat and served up with some killer sides. Less talking about it, more eating it, honestly.
Located at 333 Watson St, Ripon, WI 54971. Closed Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
11. Smoky Jon's - Madison
This one reminds me a bit of a sloppy debris po' boy or drippy au jus sandwich. The meat is the star and you'll find yourself picking at the little bits that fall out, not wanting to miss a taste.
Located at 2310 Packers Ave, Madison, WI 53704. Closed Mondays.
12. Smoke Shack - Milwaukee
Much like the pretzel bun, learning about mac and cheese on a bbq sandwich has changed me. Not every hero wears a cape - some of them are just kitchen geniuses who give the world a gift.
Two Milwaukee area locations - Third Ward and Wauwatosa.
13. Bubba's BBQ Co. - Shawano
A cow and a pig had a late-night encounter and the Beauford Burger was born. Bubba's has improved on two wonderful things by joining them together, topping them with bacon, coleslaw and Wisconsin smoked cheddar and offering them to the undeserving public.
Located at 114 S Main St, Shawano, WI 54166. Closed Mondays.
14. BP Smokehouse - Tomah
If those top halves weren't sitting there, you wouldn't even know this was supposed to be a sandwich. It's just piles of meaty goodness sitting there in all its glory, waiting for you to enjoy it.
Located at 201 Larkin St, Tomah, WI 54660. Closed Sundays.
15. Bad Bones BBQ - Woodruff
Bad Bones will top your smoked meats with coleslaw, potato salad or even giardiniera. That's the kind of outside the box thinking I like in my restaurants.
Located at 1421 US-51, Woodruff, WI 54568. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Anyone else looking at this late at night and wishing they could halve some smoked meats immediately?