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Great Barbecue Where You Least Expect It: 12 Spots to Try in NOLA

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New Orleans has some absolutely delicious barbecue restaurants, it's true. But there are also some unexpected spots in town that do variations on slow and low dishes— from pulled pork sandwiches to ribs to whole hog roasts.

Here now, 11 great unexpected spots for a bite of barbecue.

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Every Saturday, chef Michael Gulotta and team fire up the pit in their courtyard and have a Super Swine Saturday with a pig (and chicken) roast. They roast lamb every once in a while too.
When the weather cools off in the fall, this Magazine Street eatery holds monthly pig roasts with $5 cochon de lait sandwiches. Mark your calendar for days ahead.

Primitivo

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This caveman cookery in Central City specializes in meat (and other items) cooked oven an open-hearth. That means exceptional racks of smoked pork spare ribs for the taking.

Rear Window at Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou

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This awesome new eatery at Arabi bar Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou (from the masterminds behind popular pop-ups Dim Sum & Then Some and Four Calendar Cafe) cooks up specialty meats in a smoker out back including brisket, sausage, chicken and ribs.

Boucherie

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Chef Nathaniel Zimet's perfected his smoked ribs during the Que Crawl truck glory days and today you'll find them on the menu at his beloved Cajun restaurant Boucherie on Carrollton. Served St. Louis style with pork sourced from Niman Ranch.

Cochon Butcher

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As if one needed another reason to head to this Warehouse District sandwich mecca, where pork is king— behold, the barbecue pork sandwich.

The Backyard

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This family-friendly Lakeview eatery specializes in burgers and other things you might cook up in your backyard, including a great pulled pork sandwich.

Kingfish

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The barbecue pulled pork sandwich runs as a daily lunch special at this French Quarter eatery, but chef Nathan Richard also does a Cajun take on pulled pork nachos (with cracklins, not tortilla chips) at lunch and dinner.

Toups Meatery

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As a true Cajun boy, chef Isaac Toups has a way with meats. The BBQ Goat here is no exception, served with a citrus slaw and cornbread. People are obsessed with it, and you should be too.

Boulevard American Bistro

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Boulevard is the new American concept in the former Houston's space out in Metairie, with pretty enormous portions of food, including a huge slab of ribs served with fries and slaw.

Bar Frances

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This new Freret Street wine bar and cafe is actually a great spot to grab a pulled pork sandwich for lunch, served on ciabatta with garlic aoili and pickled carrots with a side salad (though side orders of fries are available, if you must).
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St Roch Market

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Charly Pierre of Fritai, the new Haitian eatery inside St. Roch Market, held a pig roast at the market on Memorial Day weekend and has another planned for July 4.

MoPho

Every Saturday, chef Michael Gulotta and team fire up the pit in their courtyard and have a Super Swine Saturday with a pig (and chicken) roast. They roast lamb every once in a while too.

Salú

When the weather cools off in the fall, this Magazine Street eatery holds monthly pig roasts with $5 cochon de lait sandwiches. Mark your calendar for days ahead.

Primitivo

This caveman cookery in Central City specializes in meat (and other items) cooked oven an open-hearth. That means exceptional racks of smoked pork spare ribs for the taking.

Rear Window at Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou

This awesome new eatery at Arabi bar Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou (from the masterminds behind popular pop-ups Dim Sum & Then Some and Four Calendar Cafe) cooks up specialty meats in a smoker out back including brisket, sausage, chicken and ribs.

Boucherie

Chef Nathaniel Zimet's perfected his smoked ribs during the Que Crawl truck glory days and today you'll find them on the menu at his beloved Cajun restaurant Boucherie on Carrollton. Served St. Louis style with pork sourced from Niman Ranch.

Cochon Butcher

As if one needed another reason to head to this Warehouse District sandwich mecca, where pork is king— behold, the barbecue pork sandwich.

The Backyard

This family-friendly Lakeview eatery specializes in burgers and other things you might cook up in your backyard, including a great pulled pork sandwich.

Kingfish

Toups Meatery

As a true Cajun boy, chef Isaac Toups has a way with meats. The BBQ Goat here is no exception, served with a citrus slaw and cornbread. People are obsessed with it, and you should be too.

Boulevard American Bistro

Boulevard is the new American concept in the former Houston's space out in Metairie, with pretty enormous portions of food, including a huge slab of ribs served with fries and slaw.

Bar Frances

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This new Freret Street wine bar and cafe is actually a great spot to grab a pulled pork sandwich for lunch, served on ciabatta with garlic aoili and pickled carrots with a side salad (though side orders of fries are available, if you must).
courtesy of Bar Frances

St Roch Market

Charly Pierre of Fritai, the new Haitian eatery inside St. Roch Market, held a pig roast at the market on Memorial Day weekend and has another planned for July 4.

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