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

Ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and salad with burnt ends

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Various offerings from Blue Oak, one of New Orleans’s best barbecue spots
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Historically, New Orleans wasn’t known for barbecue. That’s changed in the past 15 years or so, as barbecue solidified its place in the city’s cuisine and paved the way for more shops to pop up across the city. The improved scene also helped inspire the arrival of artisanal butcher shops for home cooks inspired to master their own pit at home.

Despite the outrage that erupted when a magazine recently ranked New Orleans as the best barbecue city in America, mostly directed from cities that are actually, you know, known for barbecue, the accolade was correct in one way: there are plenty of pitmasters doling out the good stuff in New Orleans. Here are some stellar barbecue joints offering smoky, piggy goodness.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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.” Walker’s is currently opened from 11:30-3 Wed.-Fri., but best to call 504-241-8227 to confirm hours and order pickup.

Cochon de lait at Walker’s
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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 two favorite food groups are boiled crawfish and barbecue and at Crawfish King he serves both. Davis recently swapped out his food trucks for a new place on Franklin, with casual seating seating outside and lots of take out options. 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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Arguably New Orleans’s most popular spot for barbecue, Blue Oak is all about community, recently earning an Ella Brennan award for working with local relief organizations and serving its own free meals to laid-off hospitality workers during the pandemic. Fans can enjoy smoked meats like barbecue brisket, barbecue plates, a variety of sausages, amazing wings and sides in the large outside dining area and spacious inside dining room.

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.

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, gradually building 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 currently open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The dining room just reopened, 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. Check out the updated regular menu and catering menu .

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7. Moe's Original BBQ - New Orleans

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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.

8. 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.

9. Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ

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401 Andrew Higgins Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 569-8459
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This popular CBD spot serves piles of succulent smoked meat and sides seven days a week, ‘til midnight Friday and Saturday nights. Besides the usual suspects the Ugly Dog offers a specialty, the Lafitte pig, a massive helping of pulled pork topped with Canadian and regular bacon, served with slaw, cheese, and sauce, and a choice of side including a loaded baked potato, greens, and jambalaya. Alligator sausage, burnt ends on a bun and burgers round out the menu.

10. 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.

Cochon’s Carolina-style BBQ sandwich
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11. 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
Cochon de lait at Walker’s
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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 currently opened from 11:30-3 Wed.-Fri., but best to call 504-241-8227 to confirm hours and order pickup.

10828 Hayne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

2. Nola Crawfish King Seafood & Barbecue

5321 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Chris “Shaggy” Davis two favorite food groups are boiled crawfish and barbecue and at Crawfish King he serves both. Davis recently swapped out his food trucks for a new place on Franklin, with casual seating seating outside and lots of take out options. 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

Arguably New Orleans’s most popular spot for barbecue, Blue Oak is all about community, recently earning an Ella Brennan award for working with local relief organizations and serving its own free meals to laid-off hospitality workers during the pandemic. Fans can enjoy smoked meats like barbecue brisket, barbecue plates, a variety of sausages, amazing wings and sides in the large outside dining area and spacious inside dining room.

900 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. 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

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, gradually building 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
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This Bywater landmark known for its pork ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and locally made chaurice sausage is currently open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The dining room just reopened, 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. Check out the updated regular menu and catering menu .

701 Mazant St, New Orleans
LA, 70117

7. Moe's Original BBQ - New Orleans

3150 Calhoun St, New Orleans, LA 70125

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

8. 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

9. Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ

401 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

This popular CBD spot serves piles of succulent smoked meat and sides seven days a week, ‘til midnight Friday and Saturday nights. Besides the usual suspects the Ugly Dog offers a specialty, the Lafitte pig, a massive helping of pulled pork topped with Canadian and regular bacon, served with slaw, cheese, and sauce, and a choice of side including a loaded baked potato, greens, and jambalaya. Alligator sausage, burnt ends on a bun and burgers round out the menu.

401 Andrew Higgins Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130

10. Cochon Butcher

930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Cochon’s Carolina-style BBQ sandwich
Cochon Butcher/Facebook

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

11. 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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