I wanted to have a rhyme and reason behind this list of BBQ Joints in Charlotte, from fancy dinner spots to eat off paper plates, or paper bags, in your car. All have the best to offer with their own takes on the southern favorite.
For those of you who moved here from the Northern states, “BBQ Joints” aren’t synonymous with simply cooking meat on the grill in your backyard. That’s just “grilling out” down here. Roasted, smoked, charred and smothered in your choice of sauce and toppings, or none at all. Everyone has their favorite way to eat BBQ, could be on a sandwich or eaten just with a fork. I think we can all agree on one thing, it’s awesome and we eat it with pure joy any time we can.
BBQ means family. BBQ means a hot summer day with lemonade and kids running around. BBQ takes you back to your childhood. You always know it’s a special occasion when there’s BBQ involved.
Two locations, SouthPark and Uptown. Their sides get just as much attention as the meats. Pan fried corn, roasted beets, and succotash
Insider Tip: roasted chicken pizza for the win!
#2 City BBQ
This is one of the BBQ Joints in Charlotte where you can Expect made-from-scratch side dishes, sinful desserts and a healthy dose of backyard hospitality.
The South Blvd location has a lovely patio dining area and a nice view of uptown in the distance. The mac n’ cheese and green bean casserole go fast so be prepared with a backup option!
Insider Tip: best-fried shrimp tacos in town!
#5 City Smoke
3 course express lunch for $8.99 and Wine Wednesday’s, buy one glass get the second half off!
#6 Queen City Q
They’re also at BB&T Ballpark, which is the only place you can get the Pulled Pork Stuffed Baked Potato. You’ll wonder why you’ve never had this before.
With a new location coming to the Backlot at Park Road Shopping Center I have a feeling I’ll be here more often. Since I live so close, maybe I’ll smell them from my patio, I wouldn’t hate it.
BBQ nachos, whoa!
Busy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the heart of Dilworth. A favorite in Charlotte for over 40 years.
#10 BBQ King
Smoking BBQ since 1971 just North of Charlotte in Lincolnton. Well worth the drive.
After a long day at the WWC maybe hop over to Gastonia and check them out. Mouth-watering photo right?!
Only seen these guys at events around town but their storefront is located in South End of West Blvd. Need to get over here!
#14 Bobbee O’s
Another one I haven’t tried before but those ribs sure do look juicy.
#15 Bill Spoon’s
No frills, just straight up classic BBQ and sides. Hushpuppies!
#16 The Q Shack
Unique that they have mango salsa. I can imagine that would go well with on a BBQ sandwich, especially if the meat is spicy.
#17 Bubba’s BBQ
Anything that requires a 33-hour process of cooking is bound to be delicious one of Charlotte’s best BBQ Joints
#18 Smoke Pit
Oh yes, cornbread! And look at all those meats, mmm.
#19 Lancasters BBQ
BBQ Taco Salad, nuff said.
Drive thru BBQ sandwich, I’m down. Get an order of hushpuppies, slaw and a strawberry cheesecake milkshake and you’re all set.
Written By: Jessica Moore