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The 10 Best BBQ Restaurants Near Riverside

Updated: May 2, 2022

Riverside does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. Only Riverside’s true masters have conquered BBQ so we analyzed millions of reviews from top sources for the list below. Visit any of the shops on this list for spectacular pulled pork, baby back ribs, and a side of collard greens.

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

Smokey Canyon BBQ

American, $$, RiversideAmerican, $$Riverside, Canyon Crest
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
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Gram's Mission BBQ

American, $$, RiversideAmerican, $$Riverside, Downtown
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5
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If you travel further

Wilson's BBQ Rib Shack

RialtoRialto
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 4.5

Jude’s BBQ

$$, Fontana$$Fontana
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Pizza Q BBQ

Pizza, $$, ColtonPizza, $$Colton
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Hoggs Gourmet Grill

American, $$, Moreno ValleyAmerican, $$Moreno Valley, Seneca
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Mongolian BBQ

Mongolian, $, Moreno ValleyMongolian, $Moreno Valley, Bear Valley
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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Woody's Classic Grill

American, $$, Grand TerraceAmerican, $$Grand Terrace
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Cowboy Burgers & BBQ

American, $$, FontanaAmerican, $$Fontana
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.0
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Westside Pit Barbque

$$, Rialto$$Rialto
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate this list?

Finding the best spot to satisfy your Barbeque craving shouldn't be so tough. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10624 restaurants, and 264 lists and articles from top sources like Three Best Rated. We cross-referenced with top lists, like Three Best Rated - 3 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Fontana, CA, Three Best Rated - 3 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Moreno Valley, CA and Three Best Rated - 3 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Riverside, CA. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Questions & answers

There are 14 barbeque spots in Riverside.

Messi Soul Kitchen, Koreana Grill, and Charley Rokks BBQ are the highest-rated late-night spots for barbeque in Riverside.

Messi Soul Kitchen, Charley Rokks BBQ, and Dickey's Barbecue Pit are the highest-rated spots for barbeque delivery in Riverside.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit and Applebee's Grill + Bar are the highest-rated vegetarian barbeque spots in Riverside.

Messi Soul Kitchen, Koreana Grill, and Charley Rokks BBQ have outdoor seating and barbeque in Riverside.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Rosé and grilled turkey burger


    Not sure what pink wine to drink with your grilled turkey burger? Try Rosé. The acidic flavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

  • Take pork ribs with a barbecue rub to the next level

    When ordering pork ribs with a barbecue rub, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, a popular white wine.

Factoids about Barbeque

  • August = Barbeque festival

    Where can you find some world-class Barbeque every August? At the National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York, The United States.

  • saucy chicken wing milestone

    The saucy chicken wing was only thought up in 1950s! We wonder what people ever did without some good saucy chicken wing in their lives...

  • A killer pairing

    If you’re gonna be eating steak, then we’d advise washing it down with a nice tea.

Parking tips

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