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9 Essential Barbecue Joints in and Around New Orleans

Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and burnt ends for classic summertime dining

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Ribs, chicken, and sausage from Blue Oak BBQ.
| Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

The New Orleans barbecue scene is booming. It wasn’t so long ago that the closest thing to barbecue found in local restaurants were barbecue shrimp; otherwise your best bet was seeking out one of the excellent vendors at city second lines and parades. In the last decade or so, that has changed in a big way, thanks in part to the annual Hogs For the Cause fundraising event, a crowd favorite that provides hundreds of variations on smoked pork and has helped inspire local purveyors. The below nine pitmasters have helped solidify barbecue’s place in New Orleans’s food culture, all offering smoky, piggy goodness.

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1. Walker's BBQ

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10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 241-8227
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This New Orleans East barbecue outpost is well-known for providing its famous cochon de lait poboy at Jazz Fest, Satchmo Fest, and other high profile local occasions (even its website URL puts the attention on the cochon de lait), but don't overlook its pork and other barbecue favorites. Pitmaster Jonathan Walker calls it, "New Orleans-style, baby.”

2. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

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5321 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 259-0828
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Chris “Shaggy” Davis’s two favorite food groups are boiled crawfish and barbecue and at Crawfish King he serves both. Most sandwiches are served on Leidenheimer rolls, with names like the Pit Boss, low and slow smoked brisket with onions, pickles and house made barbecue sauce and the Gentilly Reuben, house smoked brisket pastrami with swiss, ‘kraut, and special sauce on marbled rye. Egg rolls become a crispy flavor delivery system filled with the likes of ground brisket, cheese, and diced jalapenos or smoked pork and mac and cheese with special sauce. 

3. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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Blue Oak is undoubtedly New Orleans’s hottest barbecue joint, with one of the most fiercely loyal and widespread fanbases to be had. The sprawling Mid City space, both indoors and out, is a fun, lively setting for high quality smoked meat platters, sandwiches, sausages, amazing wings, and classic sides — not to mention their wildly popular fried chicken sandwich. Be sure to check out daily specials, they’re always excellent.

4. Frey Smoked Meat Co.

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4141 Bienville St Ste 110
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-7427
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Frey Smoked Meat Co. gets its name from the owner Ray Gruezke's great-great-grandpa, who was a sausage maker in the French Quarter in the 19th century. This Mid City barbecue spot not only turns out incredible sausage, barbecue sandwiches, and platters (try the St. Louis Ribs), it's also home to some of the best biscuits and cornbread in town, and is host to a wealth of snack options, from loaded brisket fries and four different kinds of mac and cheese to craft cocktails and gigantic milkshakes.

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5. Bourbon & Bailey's BBQ

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1015 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116
(504) 766-8976
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This friendly barbecue joint on N. Claiborne opened fairly quietly a few years ago, and has since built a loyal fan base for its ribs, pulled pork, fried corn, and mac and cheese. On the seafood side, try the grilled oysters for sure. Open for casual dining and pickup from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

6. The Joint

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701 Mazant St, New Orleans
LA, 70117
(504) 949-3232
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This Bywater landmark known for its pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and locally made chaurice sausage is one of the city’s oldest and best, a true classic. The dining room is open, a joyful thing indeed for the many fans who can’t wait to tuck into the brisket burnt ends and some of the juiciest ribs in town. Homemade pie by the slice? Yes please. Daily fruit daiquiri specials? Indeed.

7. Central City BBQ

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1201 Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 558-4276
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This Central City spot housed in a corrugated metal building opened in late 2016 with a trio of custom built cookers for smoking meats and an eye for pushing boundaries. Burnt ends, which even come on a salad, are one specialty, Hogs for the Cause award winning smoked wings are another. Also check out the spoon bread, meat pies, and Brussels sprouts.

8. Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675
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Although they do a lot more than just barbecue, swine is king at Cochon Butcher, where full-time butchers break down 2,000 pounds of meat in-house each week. The kitchen uses only all-natural meats and whole hogs from local farms for snout to tail dishes and smoked meats including sauced BBQ pork Carolina style on a bun with slaw and a rotating smoked prime rib special served with Hasselback potatoes.

9. LA 23 BBQ

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9661 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA
(504) 657-3693

This Belle Chasse barbecue stand, manned by New Orleanians Bobby Monsted III and Aaron Gelfand (who started as fishing guides and friends and backyard barbecuers), is modeled after a central Texas trading post and has been a favorite of locals and critics for years. This is the spot for Texas-style barbecue (try the Texas brisket, which is moist and flavorful).

1. Walker's BBQ

10828 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

This New Orleans East barbecue outpost is well-known for providing its famous cochon de lait poboy at Jazz Fest, Satchmo Fest, and other high profile local occasions (even its website URL puts the attention on the cochon de lait), but don't overlook its pork and other barbecue favorites. Pitmaster Jonathan Walker calls it, "New Orleans-style, baby.”

10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

2. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

5321 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Chris “Shaggy” Davis’s two favorite food groups are boiled crawfish and barbecue and at Crawfish King he serves both. Most sandwiches are served on Leidenheimer rolls, with names like the Pit Boss, low and slow smoked brisket with onions, pickles and house made barbecue sauce and the Gentilly Reuben, house smoked brisket pastrami with swiss, ‘kraut, and special sauce on marbled rye. Egg rolls become a crispy flavor delivery system filled with the likes of ground brisket, cheese, and diced jalapenos or smoked pork and mac and cheese with special sauce. 

5321 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

3. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Blue Oak is undoubtedly New Orleans’s hottest barbecue joint, with one of the most fiercely loyal and widespread fanbases to be had. The sprawling Mid City space, both indoors and out, is a fun, lively setting for high quality smoked meat platters, sandwiches, sausages, amazing wings, and classic sides — not to mention their wildly popular fried chicken sandwich. Be sure to check out daily specials, they’re always excellent.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Frey Smoked Meat Co.

4141 Bienville St Ste 110, New Orleans, LA 70119
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Frey Smoked Meat Co. gets its name from the owner Ray Gruezke's great-great-grandpa, who was a sausage maker in the French Quarter in the 19th century. This Mid City barbecue spot not only turns out incredible sausage, barbecue sandwiches, and platters (try the St. Louis Ribs), it's also home to some of the best biscuits and cornbread in town, and is host to a wealth of snack options, from loaded brisket fries and four different kinds of mac and cheese to craft cocktails and gigantic milkshakes.

4141 Bienville St Ste 110
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Bourbon & Bailey's BBQ

1015 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

This friendly barbecue joint on N. Claiborne opened fairly quietly a few years ago, and has since built a loyal fan base for its ribs, pulled pork, fried corn, and mac and cheese. On the seafood side, try the grilled oysters for sure. Open for casual dining and pickup from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.

1015 N Claiborne Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

6. The Joint

701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA, 70117

This Bywater landmark known for its pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and locally made chaurice sausage is one of the city’s oldest and best, a true classic. The dining room is open, a joyful thing indeed for the many fans who can’t wait to tuck into the brisket burnt ends and some of the juiciest ribs in town. Homemade pie by the slice? Yes please. Daily fruit daiquiri specials? Indeed.

701 Mazant St, New Orleans
LA, 70117

7. Central City BBQ

1201 Rampart St., New Orleans, LA

This Central City spot housed in a corrugated metal building opened in late 2016 with a trio of custom built cookers for smoking meats and an eye for pushing boundaries. Burnt ends, which even come on a salad, are one specialty, Hogs for the Cause award winning smoked wings are another. Also check out the spoon bread, meat pies, and Brussels sprouts.

1201 Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA

8. Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Although they do a lot more than just barbecue, swine is king at Cochon Butcher, where full-time butchers break down 2,000 pounds of meat in-house each week. The kitchen uses only all-natural meats and whole hogs from local farms for snout to tail dishes and smoked meats including sauced BBQ pork Carolina style on a bun with slaw and a rotating smoked prime rib special served with Hasselback potatoes.

930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. LA 23 BBQ

9661 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA

This Belle Chasse barbecue stand, manned by New Orleanians Bobby Monsted III and Aaron Gelfand (who started as fishing guides and friends and backyard barbecuers), is modeled after a central Texas trading post and has been a favorite of locals and critics for years. This is the spot for Texas-style barbecue (try the Texas brisket, which is moist and flavorful).

9661 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA

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