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Where To Eat Barbecue In New Orleans Right Now

Get your smoked meat on at these essential local purveyors.

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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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1. McClure's Barbecue

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4800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Neil McClure has been smoking on Magazine for two years now and has recently opened a new outpost at NOLA Brewing's new taproom. Both menus stick to the smoked pork, beef, and chicken, along with chicken wings and a much-feted burger. But NOLA Brewing's where you'll find the BBQ poutine. Sauces and sides are top notch as well. [Photo: Brasted]

2. 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 BBQ outpost is well known for providing its famous Cochon du Lait poboy at Jazz Fest and other high profile local occasions, but don't overlook its pork and other BBQ favorites with its delicious sauce, which pitmaster Johnathan Walker calls "New Orleans-style, baby.” [Photo: Facebook]

3. The Joint

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701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 949-3232
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The Bywater landmark serves finger licking ribs, brisket, and pulled pork along with locally made chaurice sausage and peanut butter cream pie. Great patio/courtyard area and beer and cocktails are available to wash everything down with. [Photo: ENOLA]

4. Ms. Hyster's

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2000 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 522-3028
In 2013, New Orleans Magazine proclaimed this humble Central City haunt made The Best Ribs in New Orleans, Author Sara Roahan called them "tooth-tender, sheathed in a chewy caramel char and smothered in a tomato-based sauce with a latent kick of heat." (Though not always available when you want them to be.) [Photo: Yelp/Scott W.]

5. Smokin' Hot Butts - BBQ in Twelve Mile Limit

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500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 488-8114
Although kitchen consultant Chris Shortall now spends most of his time at his other gig in the Latitude 29 kitchen, his BBQ lives on at the laid back, unassuming Mid City bar, Twelve Mile Limit. Pulled pork and brisket still rule the menu, but the meats make their way into some interesting dishes such as atop tater tots or in a new concoction combining mac & cheese, pulled pork, and fried onions. [Photo: ENOLA]

6. Squeal BBQ

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8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 302-7370
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This Uptown staple on For Oak Street provides a creative twist on BBQ, serving up BBQ nachos, black-eyed pea egg rolls, and smoked pork cakes, but their meat is legit. Brett Anderson named the first time Jazz Fest vendor as having one of his 7 favorite dishes this past year with its brisket sandwich. [Photo: Facebook]

7. Blue Oak in Chickie Wah Wah

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2828 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 304-4714
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Open inside Chickie Wah Wah, the Blue Oak pop up is known for their smoked chicken wings, which come in six varieties, including 'Naked'" and "Thai-style Rooster sauce." But they also serve up sandwiches and platters of all the traditional meats, as well as a hell of a grilled cheese. [Photo: Facebook]

8. Bar-B-Q Kings

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2164 Milton St
New Orleans, LA 70122
504-949-2210
This Gentilly favorite has Flintstonian beef ribs, smoked tilapia, chargrilled oysters, and a neighborhood feel. [Image: Facebook]

9. NOLA Smokehouse

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739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 418-2591
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Since opening their own place on the Irish Channel/LGD border, Rob and Emily Bechold have been wowing BBQ lovers and garnering accolades. They're open Wed-Sat, starting at 11am. But they sell out every day, so get there quick (before 2 is a pretty good bet, but specials will run out even quicker.) [Photo: Josh Brasted]

10. Saucy's BBQ

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4200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 301-2755
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Voted by Eater NOLA readers as one of the most underappreciated restaurants in the city. this Magazine Street offers ribs, plates, bbq-stuffed quesadillas, and specialty sandwiches. It is also the only BBQ you can order online and for delivery, which is great for those days when it's just all about you and the meat. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Salú

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3226 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 371-5809
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One month only! For the month of July, Salu's going to be offering BBQ and Southern comfort food staples like a 14-hour Beef Brisket with macaroni and four-cheese skillet and southern fried greens, Chef Mike’s Smoky Sticky Ribs with potato and egg salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and since it's still Salu, a BBQ Mussel Boil with grilled corn, smoked sausage and whole garlic. [Photo: Facebook]

12. Hillbilly Bar-B-Q

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2317 Hickory Ave
River Ridge, LA 70123
(504) 738-1508
This barbecue spot that features Kentucky-style hickory smoked meats has been luring New Orleanians out to Harahan for years. [Photo:Facebook]

13. LA 23 BBQ

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9661 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA
This Belle Chasse barbecue stand, manned by two local New Orleanians who also work as fishing guides, is only open during the week at 11 a.m. until the meat runs out. [Photo: Facebook]

14. The Lighthouse Bar

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6001 France Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126
(504) 301-2218
This Pontchartrain Landing spot offers an array of house-smoked barbecue, along with daiquiris, drinks, live music, and access by boat or car. [Photo: Official Website]

1. McClure's Barbecue

4800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Neil McClure has been smoking on Magazine for two years now and has recently opened a new outpost at NOLA Brewing's new taproom. Both menus stick to the smoked pork, beef, and chicken, along with chicken wings and a much-feted burger. But NOLA Brewing's where you'll find the BBQ poutine. Sauces and sides are top notch as well. [Photo: Brasted]
4800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. Walker's BBQ

10828 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127
This New Orleans East BBQ outpost is well known for providing its famous Cochon du Lait poboy at Jazz Fest and other high profile local occasions, but don't overlook its pork and other BBQ favorites with its delicious sauce, which pitmaster Johnathan Walker calls "New Orleans-style, baby.” [Photo: Facebook]
10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

3. The Joint

701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA 70117
The Bywater landmark serves finger licking ribs, brisket, and pulled pork along with locally made chaurice sausage and peanut butter cream pie. Great patio/courtyard area and beer and cocktails are available to wash everything down with. [Photo: ENOLA]
701 Mazant St
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. Ms. Hyster's

2000 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125
In 2013, New Orleans Magazine proclaimed this humble Central City haunt made The Best Ribs in New Orleans, Author Sara Roahan called them "tooth-tender, sheathed in a chewy caramel char and smothered in a tomato-based sauce with a latent kick of heat." (Though not always available when you want them to be.) [Photo: Yelp/Scott W.]
2000 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

5. Smokin' Hot Butts - BBQ in Twelve Mile Limit

500 S Telemachus St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Although kitchen consultant Chris Shortall now spends most of his time at his other gig in the Latitude 29 kitchen, his BBQ lives on at the laid back, unassuming Mid City bar, Twelve Mile Limit. Pulled pork and brisket still rule the menu, but the meats make their way into some interesting dishes such as atop tater tots or in a new concoction combining mac & cheese, pulled pork, and fried onions. [Photo: ENOLA]
500 S Telemachus St
New Orleans, LA 70119

6. Squeal BBQ

8400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118
This Uptown staple on For Oak Street provides a creative twist on BBQ, serving up BBQ nachos, black-eyed pea egg rolls, and smoked pork cakes, but their meat is legit. Brett Anderson named the first time Jazz Fest vendor as having one of his 7 favorite dishes this past year with its brisket sandwich. [Photo: Facebook]
8400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

7. Blue Oak in Chickie Wah Wah

2828 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Open inside Chickie Wah Wah, the Blue Oak pop up is known for their smoked chicken wings, which come in six varieties, including 'Naked'" and "Thai-style Rooster sauce." But they also serve up sandwiches and platters of all the traditional meats, as well as a hell of a grilled cheese. [Photo: Facebook]
2828 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119

8. Bar-B-Q Kings

2164 Milton St, New Orleans, LA 70122
This Gentilly favorite has Flintstonian beef ribs, smoked tilapia, chargrilled oysters, and a neighborhood feel. [Image: Facebook]
2164 Milton St
New Orleans, LA 70122

9. NOLA Smokehouse

739 Jackson Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Since opening their own place on the Irish Channel/LGD border, Rob and Emily Bechold have been wowing BBQ lovers and garnering accolades. They're open Wed-Sat, starting at 11am. But they sell out every day, so get there quick (before 2 is a pretty good bet, but specials will run out even quicker.) [Photo: Josh Brasted]
739 Jackson Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Saucy's BBQ

4200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Voted by Eater NOLA readers as one of the most underappreciated restaurants in the city. this Magazine Street offers ribs, plates, bbq-stuffed quesadillas, and specialty sandwiches. It is also the only BBQ you can order online and for delivery, which is great for those days when it's just all about you and the meat. [Photo: Facebook]
4200 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

11. Salú

3226 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
One month only! For the month of July, Salu's going to be offering BBQ and Southern comfort food staples like a 14-hour Beef Brisket with macaroni and four-cheese skillet and southern fried greens, Chef Mike’s Smoky Sticky Ribs with potato and egg salad, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and since it's still Salu, a BBQ Mussel Boil with grilled corn, smoked sausage and whole garlic. [Photo: Facebook]
3226 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

12. Hillbilly Bar-B-Q

2317 Hickory Ave, River Ridge, LA 70123
This barbecue spot that features Kentucky-style hickory smoked meats has been luring New Orleanians out to Harahan for years. [Photo:Facebook]
2317 Hickory Ave
River Ridge, LA 70123

13. LA 23 BBQ

9661 LA-23, Belle Chasse, LA
This Belle Chasse barbecue stand, manned by two local New Orleanians who also work as fishing guides, is only open during the week at 11 a.m. until the meat runs out. [Photo: Facebook]
9661 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA

14. The Lighthouse Bar

6001 France Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126
This Pontchartrain Landing spot offers an array of house-smoked barbecue, along with daiquiris, drinks, live music, and access by boat or car. [Photo: Official Website]
6001 France Rd
New Orleans, LA 70126

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