NOLA Ultimate BBQ Guide, Summer 2021

The city is gearing up for another epic BBQ season, and we’re not going to be left out. We’ve put together a list of the best BBQ joints in town, along with some side dishes to go with them. Low and slow smoked meats, all succulent and juicy, are the order of the day here.

As always, if you have a good suggestion for this list, let us know!
Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ
BBQ

Gonzo’s Smokehouse & BBQ

This spot requires a little more work on your end than the rest of the list, but it's worth it. It's a little out there, in Luling, and only open Friday and Saturday for lunch, but you'll be glad you made the trip. The meat is all wood smoked, Central Texas style. The choices change often, but the beef cheeks and beef rib are a highlight if you can get em. If not, the perfectly smoked brisket isn't a bad second choice. Expect a line of other hungry BBQ connoisseurs, but for fans in New Orleans it's a must-try.

Blue Oak BBQ
BBQMid-City

Blue Oak BBQ

A classic Southern BBQ joint in the heart of Mid-City, Blue Oak is a go-to for barbecue lovers. The menu includes a variety of smoked meats, like their famous smoked wings, beef brisket, and pulled pork. As well as side dishes just as good as the meats. Blue Oak satisfies all BBQ cravings as their food is typically served on butcher paper with the option to add 2 ribs to any order for $5. Originally a pop-up, Blue Oak has won every BBQ award in the Gulf South and is the favorite every year to take the championship at Hogs for a Cause so they are comfortably near the top of our list of New Orleans best BBQ joints.

The Joint
Bywater

The Joint

The Joint …. “always smokin'”. Meats that is. As this Bywater hot spot's catch phrase suggests, this is the go to place for smoked meats for many New Orleanians. Everything is slow smoked and be sure to try the burnt ends if they're available the day of your visit. The sides are hearty and the space is quirky, come hungry and make a stop at the full bar before placing your order as you may have to wait in a line.

Little Korea BBQ
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Little Korea BBQ

Look, I know this isn't traditional “Barbecue” but don't get mad. For deliciously grilled meats, Little Korea BBQ is a go to spot in New Orleans. There is a grill in the center of each table and diners order the cuts of meat they want and grill them table-side. Favorites are pork belly, bulgogi (marinated beef) and short ribs. All patrons are also offered “Banchan” which is an assortment of pickled vegetables complimentary. If you're looking for low and slow, this isn't your place, but if expertly seasoned grilled meats in a fun group setting is your style, be sure to check out Little Korean BBQ.

Central City BBQ
Central City

Central City BBQ

Central City BBQ is a must for those looking for a great atmosphere, great barbecue, and a little bit of soul. With sprawling outdoor space and bright & open dining room, it is the perfect BBQ joint to enjoy with friends. The award winning all wood smoked barbecue is served alongside classic sides and desserts not to be missed like cobbler and banana pudding. On the BBQ front (this is a BBQ list after-all) Central City BBQ is applauded for its smoked turkey, smoked boudin and ribs, although their classic barbecue menu hits, and pleases, all your favorite meats.

Frey Smoked Meat Co.

Frey Smoked Meat Co.

Frey Smoked Meat Co. is a barbecue restaurant that does not take itself too seriously. The space is intentionally laid back, with spot on Barbecue and family friendly menu options. The food is a mix of classic Southern barbecue, like slow smoked ribs, pulled pork and their signature buffalo burger, as well as more contemporary dishes like a beet and goat cheese salad. They also have a full bar, and for the little ones, house-made milkshakes, including a butterscotch bourbon milkshake that is out of this world. As for sides, the pulled pork mac n cheese and brussell sprouts are favorites. The Frey Family has been in the Barbecue business for 6 generations in New Orleans so you know this spot is sure to please as anywhere that can thrive in Nola for that long, has to know what they're doing in the kitchen/smoker.

Bourrée at Boucherie
Uptown ● Carrollton

Bourrée at Boucherie

This listing is a twofer. We'll start with Bourrée, a New Orleans-based barbecue restaurant located in the heart of Carrollton, serving meat lovers an array of different meats, sides and seasonally flavored-house made daiquiris. They're particularly known for their smoked wings, whole BBQ hogs on Sundays (call ahead, sometimes its crawfish, depends on the season but always something fun on Sunday's). This “meat counter” is a must-see for carnivores and families alike as their outdoor vibe with live music draws in a loyal following. If this laidback jaunt isn't your style, a 5 minute walk around the corner to Boucherie, the big brother restaurant to Bourree, serves up contemporary southern BBQ with a more high end feel.

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