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The 8 Best BBQ Restaurants In Charlotte

Updated: October 14, 2021

Charlotte does BBQ well!l These spots offer everything from whole hog trays to vegetarian options like smoked corn. Only Charlotte’s true masters have conquered BBQ so we analyzed millions of reviews from top sources for the list below. Head to these spots for some of the tastiest brisket and burnt ends your taste buds can imagine!

Find the perfect Barbeque spot

Midwood Smokehouse

American, $$, Plaza MidwoodAmerican, $$Charlotte, Plaza Midwood
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Axios Charlotte, 2021

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    Axios Charlotte, 2021
  • Axios Charlotte, 2020

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    Axios Charlotte, 2020

Sweet Lew’s BBQ

$$, Belmont$$Charlotte, Belmont
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Axios Charlotte, 2021

    The 4 best barbecue spots in Charlotte — plus 4 more worth the drive

    Axios Charlotte, 2021
  • Axios Charlotte, 2019

    The 25 best new restaurants in Charlotte, right now

    Axios Charlotte, 2019

Mac's Speed Shop - Southend

American, $$, DilworthAmerican, $$Charlotte, Dilworth
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Axios Charlotte, 2021

    The 4 best barbecue spots in Charlotte — plus 4 more worth the drive

    Axios Charlotte, 2021

Midwood Smokehouse

American, $$, Freedom ParkAmerican, $$Charlotte, Freedom Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Mr G's

Greek, $, Jackson HomesGreek, $Charlotte, Jackson Homes
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Mimosa Grill

American, $$, Downtown CharlotteAmerican, $$Charlotte, Downtown Charlotte
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

Shane's Rib Shack

American, $$, CharlotteAmerican, $$Charlotte
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 4.0

Boardwalk Billy's Raw Bar And Ribs

American, $$, University City NorthAmerican, $$Charlotte, University City North
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

Why these restaurants?

Finding the right spot to satisfy your Barbeque craving shouldn't be a full-time job. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 5351 restaurants, and 142 lists and articles from top sources like Axios Charlotte. These spots have been featured in Axios Charlotte - The 25 best new restaurants in Charlotte, right now, Axios Charlotte - 25 best burgers in Charlotte and Axios Charlotte - The 4 best barbecue spots in Charlotte — plus 4 more worth the drive. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Drink pairing tips for Barbeque

  • Rosé with your grilled turkey burger

    Experts suggest pairing grilled turkey burger with a glass of acidic Rosé, a pink wine that battles the grilled flavours.


  • A next-level pairing for Zinfandel

    When having beef burger, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.

  • Pair pork with Pinot Noir

    To elevate your pork experience, we recommend some Pinot Noir to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this red wine highlights the richer flavours of the meat.

Factoids about Barbeque

  • A whole lotta prime rib

    Molly Schuyler knows that you can never have too much of a good thing. They proved this by eating 23 pounds of prime rib, setting a world record in the process!

  • The traditional bulgogi

    Have you ever had a tasty bulgogi? Well it’s an absolute classic in Korea!

  • Worth the big bucks

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $300 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, olive wagu beef?

Parking tips

Getting a good parking spot in Charlotte can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. To make your life easier, we partnered with SpotHero, an innovative digital parking reservation service, so you can easily and effortlessly find parking near your selected Barbeque spot.

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