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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. MoPho

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514 City Park Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 482-6845
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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.

2. Salú

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3226 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 371-5809
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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.

3. Primitivo

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1800 Ortetha Castle Haley
New Orleans, LA
(504) 881-1775
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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.

4. Rear Window at Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou

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6940 Saint Claude Ave
Arabi, LA 70032
(504) 324-7272
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.

5. Boucherie

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8115 Jeannette St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 862-5514
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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.

6. Cochon Butcher

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930 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 588-7675
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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.

7. The Backyard

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244 W Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 309-8767
This family-friendly Lakeview eatery specializes in burgers and other things you might cook up in your backyard, including a great pulled pork sandwich.

8. Kingfish

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337 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 598-5005
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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.
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  • 9. Toups Meatery

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    Carrollton
    New Orleans, LA 70119
    (504) 252-4999
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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.

    10. Boulevard American Bistro

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    4241 Veterans Blvd.
    Metairie, LA 70006
    (504) 889-2301
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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.

    11. Bar Frances

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    4515 Freret St
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    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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    12. St Roch Market

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    2381 Saint Claude Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70117
    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.

    1. MoPho

    514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
    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.
    514 City Park Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70119

    2. Salú

    3226 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    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.
    3226 Magazine St
    New Orleans, LA 70115

    3. Primitivo

    1800 Ortetha Castle Haley, New Orleans, LA
    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.
    1800 Ortetha Castle Haley
    New Orleans, LA

    4. Rear Window at Pirogue's Whiskey Bayou

    6940 Saint Claude Ave, Arabi, LA 70032
    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.
    6940 Saint Claude Ave
    Arabi, LA 70032

    5. Boucherie

    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
    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.
    8115 Jeannette St
    New Orleans, LA 70118

    6. Cochon Butcher

    930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130
    As if one needed another reason to head to this Warehouse District sandwich mecca, where pork is king— behold, the barbecue pork sandwich.
    930 Tchoupitoulas St
    New Orleans, LA 70130

    7. The Backyard

    244 W Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
    This family-friendly Lakeview eatery specializes in burgers and other things you might cook up in your backyard, including a great pulled pork sandwich.
    244 W Harrison Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70124

    8. Kingfish

    337 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    9. Toups Meatery

    Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70119
    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.
    Carrollton
    New Orleans, LA 70119

    10. Boulevard American Bistro

    4241 Veterans Blvd., Metairie, LA 70006
    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.
    4241 Veterans Blvd.
    Metairie, LA 70006

    11. Bar Frances

    4515 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115
    courtesy of Bar Frances
    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).
    4515 Freret St
    New Orleans, LA 70115

    12. St Roch Market

    2381 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
    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.
    2381 Saint Claude Ave
    New Orleans, LA 70117

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