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The 9 Best BBQ Restaurants Near Raleigh

Updated: June 21, 2022

Raleigh does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. After scrutinizing millions of critic and diner reviews from top sites we give you the list of Raleigh’s best BBQ. Head to these spots for some of the tastiest brisket and burnt ends your taste buds can imagine!

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

The Pit

American, $$, RaleighAmerican, $$Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 3 best spots to score barbecue in Raleigh

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 2022

    2022 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Raleigh/Durham Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, 2022

Lechón Latín BBQ Joint

Latin, RaleighLatinRaleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Empire Eats

Food Truck, RaleighFood TruckRaleigh, Wade
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 4.0

Iyla's Southern Kitchen

American, $, RaleighAmerican, $Raleigh, Central
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

The Mac House

American, $, RaleighAmerican, $Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Shane's Rib Shack

American, $$, RaleighAmerican, $$Raleigh, Northeast Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Red Hot & Blue

American, $$, RaleighAmerican, $$Raleigh, North Raleigh
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

City Barbeque

American, $$, RaleighAmerican, $$Raleigh, Northwest Raleigh
Google: 3.9
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Prime Barbecue

American, $$, KnightdaleAmerican, $$Knightdale
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

How did we curate this list?

Finding the best spot to satisfy your Barbeque craving shouldn't be so tough. We pored over ratings for 3295 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in Raleigh and 212 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and Hoodline had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. Don’t bother looking for Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2022 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Raleigh/Durham Area and Hoodline - The 3 best spots to score barbecue in Raleighwe’ve already done so for you and included all you need to know. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. These ten restaurants offer the best Barbeque in Raleigh.

Frequently asked questions

The Pit, Lechón Latín BBQ Joint, and Ktown Market are the highest-rated barbeque spots for dinner in Raleigh.

There are 14 barbeque spots in Raleigh.

The Pit, Lechón Latín BBQ Joint, and Ole Time Barbecue are the highest-rated barbeque spots for a pick-up order in Raleigh.

The Pit, Lechón Latín BBQ Joint, and Ole Time Barbecue are the highest-rated barbeque spots for take-out in Raleigh.

The Pit, Ole Time Barbecue, and The Mac House are the highest-rated vegetarian barbeque spots in Raleigh.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Pair Sauvignon Blanc with pork ribs with a barbecue rub

    The acidic flavors in Sauvignon Blanc makes it a great white wine to pair with pork ribs with a barbecue rub.

  • The perfect match for your grilled turkey burger

    Experts recommend pairing a grilled turkey burger with a glass of Rosé, a popular pink wine.

  • Pair pork with Pinot Noir

    For an elevated experience, pair your pork with Pinot Noir. This combination works particularly well because this red wine highlights the richer flavours of the meat.


Factoids about Barbeque

  • For the love of barbeque

    If you’re ever in The United States during July, be ready to celebrate National Barbeque Day.

  • A big feat in 2008

    A little chili pepper string never hurt anybody! The size of the longest chili pepper string might surprise you, coming in at 4,576 feet 9 inches! How big of a kitchen do you need to make that?

  • Ready for some ribs?

    Record holder Matt Stonie ate 71 ribs of ribs to claim their title at the Hog Challenge Amateur Eating Competition in 2015. All that food in only 5.

Parking info

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