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, which is so not the same thing. Your best bet was chasing after BBQ carts set up at second lines, or following your nose to someone's house and hope they took pity on your drooling face.
That has changed in a big way. The Hogs For the Cause fundraising event is an annual crowd favorite that provides hundreds of variations on smoked pork. Old pop-ups like NOLA Smokehouse and McClure's have found their own spaces and made way for more BBQ rigs to pop up, like Blue Oak at Chickie Wah Wah. Black Label used to pop up at Barrel Proof on Magazine, but is currently looking to open its own space as well, meaning there will be new players on the scene in the months to come.
Which is no surprise, since New Orleans loves its meat and good food, and there's nothing better than smoke added to that equation.
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