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Various offerings from Blue Oak, one of New Orleans’s best barbecue spots
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Where to Find the Best Barbecue in New Orleans

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Various offerings from Blue Oak, one of New Orleans’s best barbecue spots
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In case you've been living under a rock, the New Orleans barbecue scene is booming. It wasn't so long ago that the closest thing to barbecue found in local restaurants was barbecue shrimp— so not the same thing— but these days, the Big Easy features more than its fair share of smokin' hot pitmasters doing the dang thing.

From annual fundraiser Hogs For the Cause to pop-ups gone brick and mortar—Blue Oak and McClure's— new barbecue establishments have found their own spaces and made way for more barbecue rigs to pop up across the city. It's 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hillbilly Bar-B-Q

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2312 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 738-1508
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Kentucky-native Larry Wyatt's Hillbilly B-B-Q serves up Kentucky-style hickory-smoked meats. Luring New Orleanians out to Harahan for years, the spot is mainly for carry-out. If you’re desperate for a bite before you get home, there are a few picnic tables out back. Winning items include the stuffed potatoes, a refreshing corn salad, and the Thursday special — smoked chicken salad.

2. Moe's Original Bar B Que (Multiple locations)

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3150 Calhoun St
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 301-3790
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The first New Orleans outpost of this Alabama-style barbecue chain opened near the Tulane and Loyola university campuses in 2015, and local franchisees Bryan Hargett and Stephen Lane recently added a second location in Metairie. The NOLA menus feature same pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood that’s made it a Southern states sensation, with a rotation of 60 sides and desserts that have grown as popular as the smoked meats and seafood.

Bama style pulled pork sandwich
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3. 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.

4. Blue Oak BBQ

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900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 822-2583
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In an expansive and raucous location near City Park with ample indoor and outdoor seating, Blue Oak BBQ serves up smoked meats like barbecue brisket, a variety of house-made sausage, and sides like a ginger sesame cole slaw. The restaurant runs a not-to-be-missed spicy fried chicken sandwich as a special as well, and the happy hour Tuesday through Friday offers snacks like barbecue nachos, smoked wings, and barbecue sliders for $5 to $7.

5. Ms. Hyster's

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2000 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 522-3028

This Claiborne Avenue spot has been open for over 20 years, far before the New Orleans barbecue revolution gained serious steam. The barbecue and fixings are similar to what one might find in a soul food restaurant, with tender ribs slathered in a sweet barbecue sauce, yams, greens, cornbread, and buttermilk pie. Jelly cake and two kinds of pound cake have been known to appear on the menu as well. Prices in relation to portions are better than many other barbecue restaurants in town.

6. McClure's Barbecue

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Nola Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 301-2367
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Located in Nola Brewing's taproom, McClure’s Barbecue turns out ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chaurice sausage, and chicken with a variety of house-made sauces and sides like barbecue jambalaya and barbecue poutine. Add in all of Nola Brewing's beers, and it's the making of a great afternoon or evening on Tchoup.

7. Central City BBQ

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1201 Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA
(504) 558-4276
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This expansive 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. Also check out the spoon bread, meat pies, and Brussels sprouts. Plus, there's a full bar. Central City BBQ also operates a stand in the CBD’s newly opened Pythian Market.

8. 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 pork ribs, brisket, and pulled pork along with locally made chaurice sausage and peanut butter pie. For something "light," The Joint serves a meat-topped dinner salad. Great patio/courtyard area and beer and cocktails are available to wash everything down.

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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 a few years now when it comes to Texas-style barbecue (try the Texas brisket, which is moist and flavorful). Grab a holiday turkey from LA 23 BBQ when they're available.

10. 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.” Walker’s is worth the trip.

Cochon de lait at Walker’s
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11. Papa's Backyard Bar-B-Q

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2848 Slidell Ave
Slidell, LA 70458
(985) 288-5011
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Ronald and Belinda Robinson named Papa's for their son, Ronald Jr ("Papa"), who died in 2010. Located in Slidell, the smoked chicken and chocolate-chip studded bread pudding are worth the trip. Also try the homestyle collards, candied yams, and mac and cheese.

1. Hillbilly Bar-B-Q

2312 Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

Kentucky-native Larry Wyatt's Hillbilly B-B-Q serves up Kentucky-style hickory-smoked meats. Luring New Orleanians out to Harahan for years, the spot is mainly for carry-out. If you’re desperate for a bite before you get home, there are a few picnic tables out back. Winning items include the stuffed potatoes, a refreshing corn salad, and the Thursday special — smoked chicken salad.

2312 Hickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123

2. Moe's Original Bar B Que (Multiple locations)

3150 Calhoun St, New Orleans, LA 70125
Bama style pulled pork sandwich
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The first New Orleans outpost of this Alabama-style barbecue chain opened near the Tulane and Loyola university campuses in 2015, and local franchisees Bryan Hargett and Stephen Lane recently added a second location in Metairie. The NOLA menus feature same pulled pork, ribs, wings, turkey and chicken smoked over hardwood that’s made it a Southern states sensation, with a rotation of 60 sides and desserts that have grown as popular as the smoked meats and seafood.

3150 Calhoun St
New Orleans, LA 70125

3. Frey Smoked Meat Co.

4141 Bienville St Ste 110, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

4. Blue Oak BBQ

900 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

In an expansive and raucous location near City Park with ample indoor and outdoor seating, Blue Oak BBQ serves up smoked meats like barbecue brisket, a variety of house-made sausage, and sides like a ginger sesame cole slaw. The restaurant runs a not-to-be-missed spicy fried chicken sandwich as a special as well, and the happy hour Tuesday through Friday offers snacks like barbecue nachos, smoked wings, and barbecue sliders for $5 to $7.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Ms. Hyster's

2000 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70125

This Claiborne Avenue spot has been open for over 20 years, far before the New Orleans barbecue revolution gained serious steam. The barbecue and fixings are similar to what one might find in a soul food restaurant, with tender ribs slathered in a sweet barbecue sauce, yams, greens, cornbread, and buttermilk pie. Jelly cake and two kinds of pound cake have been known to appear on the menu as well. Prices in relation to portions are better than many other barbecue restaurants in town.

2000 South Claiborne Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

6. McClure's Barbecue

Nola Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Located in Nola Brewing's taproom, McClure’s Barbecue turns out ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chaurice sausage, and chicken with a variety of house-made sauces and sides like barbecue jambalaya and barbecue poutine. Add in all of Nola Brewing's beers, and it's the making of a great afternoon or evening on Tchoup.

Nola Tap Room, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

7. Central City BBQ

1201 Rampart St., New Orleans, LA

This expansive 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. Also check out the spoon bread, meat pies, and Brussels sprouts. Plus, there's a full bar. Central City BBQ also operates a stand in the CBD’s newly opened Pythian Market.

1201 Rampart St.
New Orleans, LA

8. The Joint

701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA, 70117
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The Bywater landmark serves finger-licking pork ribs, brisket, and pulled pork along with locally made chaurice sausage and peanut butter pie. For something "light," The Joint serves a meat-topped dinner salad. Great patio/courtyard area and beer and cocktails are available to wash everything down.

701 Mazant St, New Orleans
LA, 70117

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 a few years now when it comes to Texas-style barbecue (try the Texas brisket, which is moist and flavorful). Grab a holiday turkey from LA 23 BBQ when they're available.

9661 LA-23
Belle Chasse, LA

10. Walker's BBQ

10828 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127
Cochon de lait at Walker’s
Walker’s/Facebook

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.” Walker’s is worth the trip.

10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

11. Papa's Backyard Bar-B-Q

2848 Slidell Ave, Slidell, LA 70458

Ronald and Belinda Robinson named Papa's for their son, Ronald Jr ("Papa"), who died in 2010. Located in Slidell, the smoked chicken and chocolate-chip studded bread pudding are worth the trip. Also try the homestyle collards, candied yams, and mac and cheese.

2848 Slidell Ave
Slidell, LA 70458

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