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The 6 Best Ribs Restaurants In Charlotte

Updated: May 2, 2022

Fancy a plate of fall-off-the-bone ribs? These are our favorite spots for a perfect rack in Charlotte. Only Charlotte’s masters have conquered BBQ ribs so we analyzed millions of reviews from top sources for this list. Our favorite featured venues serve up everything from Kansas to Texas-style ribs so grab a beer and dig in!

Find the perfect Ribs spot

Midwood Smokehouse

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

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

    Axios Charlotte, 2021
  • Axios Charlotte, 2020

    25 best burgers in Charlotte

    Axios Charlotte, 2020

Midwood Smokehouse

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

131 MAIN Restaurant

American, $$, ProvincetowneAmerican, $$Charlotte, Provincetowne
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

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
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    16 Best Romantic Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Chima Steakhouse

Brazilian, $$$, Downtown CharlotteBrazilian, $$$Charlotte, Downtown Charlotte
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    10 Best Steakhouses

    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2020

    Charlotte's Most Romantic Restaurants

    Trip Savvy, 2020

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

American, $$, Myers ParkAmerican, $$Charlotte, Myers Park
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    10 Best Steakhouses

    USA Today

How was this list created?

Finding the right spot to satisfy your Ribs craving shouldn't be a full-time job. We analyzed 5501 Charlotte restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 Charlotte restaurant reviews, and 145 lists and articles – looking closely at what Trip Savvy, Vacation Idea and Axios Charlotte had to say – and applied our boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Trip Savvy - Charlotte's Most Romantic Restaurants, Vacation Idea - 16 Best Romantic Restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina and Axios Charlotte - 25 best burgers in Charlotte. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

Haberdish, Supperland, and Oh My Soul are the highest-rated late-night spots for ribs in Charlotte.

Midwood Smokehouse, Sweet Lew’s BBQ, and Bricktop's Restaurant are the highest-rated spots for ribs delivery in Charlotte.

Haberdish, Supperland, and Oh My Soul are the highest-rated ribs spots to get a quick lunch in Charlotte.

Haberdish, Supperland, and Midwood Smokehouse are the highest-rated ribs spots that are good for groups in Charlotte.

Haberdish, Supperland, and Midwood Smokehouse are the highest-rated ribs spots for take-out in Charlotte.

Drink pairing tips for Ribs

  • Sauvignon Blanc and pork ribs with a barbecue rub


    having pork ribs with a barbecue rub and not sure white wine to drink with it? Go for Sauvignon Blanc. Its acidicflavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

  • Rosé with your grilled turkey burger

    When considering what goes best with grilled turkey burger, we recommend a glass of Rosé, it truly complements the dish as it battles the grilled flavours.


  • Go for Pinot Noir with pork

    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.


Interesting facts about Ribs

  • Celebrating Ribs

    Go check out the5 day barbecue cook-off competition at American Royal World Series of Barbecue Festival! This event is held in October in Kansas City, definitely worth a visit!

  • All about barbeque

    Want to indulge in some amazing barbeque? Join the celebration of The United States’s National Barbeque Day held every July 4.

  • Full of burnt end

    Jamie McDonald ate an astounding 9 poundsof burnt end in only 10. The United States played host to this feat.

Parking info

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