New Orleans may not be known for its BBQ, but like most other genres of food, the city’s restaurants find a way to do it justice. From succulent meats to sides you have to taste to believe, these three restaurants nail the perfect BBQ dish, and they’re worth a try on your next visit.
The Joint (701 Mazant St – Bywater)
Perhaps the most popular and well-known BBQ spot is The Joint, tucked into the Bywater and ranked among the top BBQ restaurants in both locally and in America by everyone one from Thrillist.com to Business Insider and CNN.com—and for good reason. The restaurant features everything from an incredibly tender rack of ribs and delectable pulled pork, beef brisket and Chaurice Cajun sausage sandwiches to an assortment of smokin’ good meat plates and sides, like spicy, vinegary coleslaw, flavorful potato salad and a green salad with smoked tomato and onion dressing. The Joint’s selection of sauces is also notable, some of which offer an amazing vinegar tang that perfectly complements the juicy, perfectly smoky meat.
Squeal BBQ (8400 Oak St – Uptown)
Squeal BBQ offers more than just a delicious selection of smoky, tender meats, such as St. Louis Ribs, Pork Grillades Over Grits and the Po-boy Fest award-winning Pork Belly Sandwich. This Uptown BBQ haven has some of the best sides and appetizers around, including luscious collard greens, roasted corn and cheese grits and jalapeno corn fritters. For apps, Smoked Pork Cakes mimic the classic crab cake, and the restaurant’s smoked chicken wings tossed in Six-Pepper Honey Glaze are a must-try.
McClure’s Barbecue (4800 Magazine St – Uptown)
Just a taste of this heavenly smoked selection of meats, and you might never look at BBQ the same way again. McClure Barbecue’s plates are chock-full of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, sausage and chicken, and you can top them with any number of sauces, from the sweet and spicy hoisin and soy sauce-based NOLA East to the spicy mayo-based Alabama or honey and vinegar-based North Carolina. Their sandwiches start out with beloved Dong Phuong bakery rolls, and special sandwiches turn their house meats into Chicken Cordon Bleu, Brisket Cheese Steak, Smoky Cuban and BBQ Chicken Salad. And don’t miss their unique sides: Pork & Pork & Beans, 4-Cheese Macaroni, Barbecue Jambalaya and Molasses-Stewed Collard Greens, to name a few.
If you can’t get enough of local BBQ, don’t miss the annual Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival in Lafayette Square, this year from October 17-19.