Columbus is of course no Kansas City, Memphis, or Dallas, but we do still have a really good thing going on here when it comes to BBQ.
Restaurantclicks, a city guide publication that provides insight on the best food and drinks in cities around the U.S., compiled a list of what they consider the 8 Best BBQ Restaurants in Columbus this year.
They based their recommendations on the team’s personal experiences, and also “extensive online research,” according to their website. “We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible,” said Restaurantclicks.
Grab your bibs, your napkins, and hand wipes, and delve right in.
Smoked On High BBQ
755 S High St, Columbus, OH 43206
Slow cooked, smoked BBQ, located in an old Victorian house, with a patio adorned with stringed lights – this eatery brings the taste and the vibes. You can choose from brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and a ton of sides, like coleslaw and mac & cheese, plus a beer (or two).
B & K Smoke House
1114 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205
This no-frills BBQ spot boasts that they’re the “Best in Columbus.” They offer all home-cooked meals, including brisket dinners, chicken wings, ribs, mac & cheese, and potato salad. And of course, don’t forget the collard greens. Owner James Howell takes pride in being the cities self proclaimed “Barbeque Man.”
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Ray Ray’s Hog Pit Clintonville
2619 N High St, Columbus, OH 43202 (+ 5 other locations)
With six locations around Columbus, this is notably a go-to spot for a lot of central Ohioans. Die-hard Hoggy’s fans love their signature hard-wood smoked meats and sides like waffle fries and baked beans.
City Barbecue and Catering
2111 W Henderson Rd, Columbus, OH 43220 (+multiple locations)
Yes, it’s a chain restaurant, but people still love their affordable brisket sandwiches and corn pudding. Their sampler offers a shareable platter for the whole family.
Iron Grill Barbecue & Brew
5295 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214
They call themselves the “Best BBQ in Columbus” for a reason. “Many ask why our barbecue is so delicious – the secret is simple: at Iron Grill we patiently cook our meats using only seasoned dry rubs to seal in the natural flavors. Never using sauces that often dry out the meat, ours is slow-smoked each day using hickory and other hardwoods between 12 and 14 hours to ensure tender, fall-off-the-bone goodness,” their website boasts.
BBQ Alley by OD on BBQ
4255 S. Hamilton Rd.
This lesser known spot that specializes in comfort food is considered a must-try, according to RestaurantClicks. From BBQ, to Wings, to Burgers, it’s definitely worth the trip to Groveport.
Tennessee Pit BBQ Food Truck
1691 E Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus, OH 43229
Considered a “hidden gem” for most, this BBQ Food Truck specializes in Tennessee smoked meats, loaded with flavor. RestaurantClicks suggests the pulled chicken sandwich, pork ribs, chicken wings, and smoked sausage, with corn bread and curry baked beans on the side.
Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering
830 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43214
Founded in 1991, Hoggy’s has kept true to their roots for decades. “Our menu items are made from scratch, using fresh ingredients and prepared to order. All meats are hand rubbed with our special seasonings and then slow smoked to perfection,” said their website.
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