• Daisy May’s BBQ USA

  • City Market

  • Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

  • Full Moon Bar-B-Que

  • Heirloom Market BBQ

  • Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

  • Smoque BBQ

  • Urban Bar-B-Cue Company

  • Wexler’s

  • Zeke’s Smokehouse

In the mood for barbecue, but just don't want to light the grill? Thankfully, there are multitudes of restaurants ready to serve up a platter of ribs or put together a pulled pork sandwich to satisfy your 'cue craving. For the best of the best, try one of these smokin' spots, listed in no particular order.

  • 1. Daisy May’s BBQ USA, New York, N.Y.

    Daisy May’s BBQ USA

    623 Eleventh Ave.
    New York, NY 10036


    This popular barbecue restaurant in New York City serves up Tennessee Whiskey beer can-style half chicken and sides like mashed sweet potatoes with brown sugar.

  • 2. City Market, Luling, Tex.

    City Market

    633 E. Davis St.
    Luling, TX 78648

    Let the aroma of smoldering mesquite guide you to City Market, a Lone Star State barbecue spot with a near-cult following. Texans don't mess with a good thing, and this one's been smokin' steadily since 1958.

  • 3. Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue, Kansas City, Mo.

    Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

    101 W. 22nd St., Ste. 300
    Kansas City, MO 64108


    Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City offers first-rate crown Prime short ribs of beef and one of the best barbecue sandwiches in town.

  • 4. Full Moon Bar-B-Que, Hoover, Ala.

    Full Moon Bar-B-Que

    2000 Patton Chapel Rd.
    Hoover, AL 35216


    It's the zingy sauce and crunchy, peppery chow-chow at Full Moon Bar-B-Que that sets this barbecue haven apart from the others.

  • 5. Heirloom Market BBQ, Atlanta, Ga.

    Heirloom Market BBQ

    2243 Akers Mill Rd.
    Atlanta, GA 30339


    Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta puts an Asian spin on traditional barbecue with dishes like a spicy Korean-style barbecue sandwich with fresh kimchi coleslaw atop a sweet pile of smoked pork.

  • 6. Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

    925 Riverside Dr.
    Cincinnati, OH 45202


    The locals are just nuts about the pork loin back ribs at Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse in Cincinnati. This is not like barbecue in Texas, Memphis or the low country — these are ribs suited to the sensibilities of the locals, who in turn bring all their out-of-town guests to see what the fuss is about.

  • 7. Smoque BBQ, Chicago, Ill.

    Smoque BBQ

    3800 N. Pulaski Rd.
    Chicago, IL 60641


    The scents emanating from the open kitchen will immediately clue you in to the appeal of this saucy Chicago spot.

  • 8. Urban Bar-B-Cue Company, Rockville, Md.

    Urban Bar-B-Cue Company

    2007 Chapman Ave.
    Rockville, MD 20852


    Urban Bar-B-Cue Company struck barbecue gold with their succulent and juicy ribs, house-made sauces, thick slabs of smoky beef brisket, and hot-from-the-oven homemade apple pie with caramel sauce.

  • 9. Wexler’s, San Francisco, Calif.


    568 Sacramento St.
    San Francisco, CA 94111


    Wexler’s in San Francisco offers a sophisticated take on barbecue with mainstays like short ribs, but chef Charlie Kleinman's creativity shines in dishes such as the moist, smoked sturgeon.

  • 10. Zeke’s Smokehouse, Montrose, Calif.

    Zeke’s Smokehouse

    2209 Honolulu Ave.
    Montrose, CA 91020


    Zeke's Smokehouse outside of Los Angeles is a homespun, casual spot serving up slow-cooked Carolina pulled pork that is pure Southern comfort.


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