8 Spots for Smokin’ Barbecue in New Orleans

It’s the time of the year for smokin’ and grilling. If you don’t fancy yourself a pitmaster or have the set up for smoking wood chips in your backyard without the neighbors calling the fire department, don’t fear! We have a list of some of the best places to grab barbecue around the city.

The Joint

As a staple in the Bywater and one of the original barbecue restaurants in New Orleans, The Joint never fails to please. It has been nationally rated as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country. Ribs, pork, chicken, brisket and locally made Chaurice sausage are all part of the menu. Photo courtesy: The Joint

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Blue Oak BBQ

What started as a pop-up in Chickie Wah Wah has moved to its own brick and mortar spot in Mid-City. Blue Oak BBQ gained a lot of good press when they first opened, and it hasn’t slowed down. Try your pulled pork sandwich jerk-style, served with slaw and fresh jalapeno. Photo courtesy: Blue Oak BBQ

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Ms. Hyster’s Barbecue

This no frills BBQ spot near Central City has some of the most affordable food around town. A pork sandwich will run you only $2.59. A half chicken with two sides and bread costs $5.99. And don’t think just because the food isn’t pricey that it’s not good. This place will have you licking your fingers.

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Central City BBQ

The city’s newest BBQ spot is known for its brisket burnt ends. However, if you’re not into burnt ends, there are plenty of other delectable items on the menu. Try the Fat City sandwich with smoked brisket debris, Swiss cheese and horseradish crème.

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Brugger’s BBQ

Pitmaster Damian Brugger serves up Texas-style barbecue in the St. Roch Market.  Brisket, pork, sausage, ribs and turkey served on a platter or in a sandwich are what you can expect when you belly up to the counter. Photo courtesy: St. Roch Market

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Moe's Original BBQ

What do you get when three Alabama boys decide to open up a barbecue restaurant? You get Moe’s Original Alabama-style barbecue.  Originally started in Colorado, this award-winning restaurant now has more than 50 franchises around the country. Photo courtesy: Moe’s Original BBQ

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Frey Smoked Meat Co.

This Mid-City restaurant and bar adds some lagniappe to their menu with items like pork belly poppers, brisket chili cheese fries and a Bar-B-Cuban sandwich. If your lunch guest is looking for something other than barbecue, they’ll have it with a large variety of burgers, salads, shakes and cocktails. Photo courtesy: Frey Smoked Meats

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McClure’s Barbecue

Located inside NOLA Brewery on Tchoupitoulas Street, McClure’s offers everything from traditional barbecue items to chicken cordon blue sandwiches. Looking to add some Mexican flair to your barbecue, well, get the tacos or nachos and top it with your favorite meat. And you can’t beat the beer selection. Photo courtesy: McClure’s Barbecue via Facebook

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