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10 barbecue spots we’re fired up about

Here’s where you can get great barbecue at local restaurants around the River City


Pig and Brew also offers brunch, wings, cocktails, and more.

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We asked readers and social media followers for their picks for the best barbecue in Richmond — and the results are making us hungry.

Here are 10 local spots for the next time you’re craving brisket, pulled pork, ribs, or just a huge tray of sides.

Deep Run Roadhouse, 12379 Gayton Rd.
Chopped pork, pulled chicken, brisket, rope sausage, smoked portabello, and fried catfish are all on the menu at this Henrico establishment.

Frontier by Alamo, 412 N. 25th St.
Church Hill is home to this Texas-style barbecue spot that also offers rotisserie and grilled dishes.

McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill, 204 N. Robinson St.
Try the smoked duck breast, house brisket, or smoked tofu at this Fan restaurant.

Oak & Apple, 1814 E. Main St.
This Shockoe spot uses an Ole Hickory smoker first introduced in 1974.

Pig & Brew, 1313 Hull St.
This restaurant opened in 2018 and brings pitmaster Lamont Hawkins’s 20+ years of experience to Manchester.

Redemption BBQ, 3420 Lauderdale Dr.
Pitmaster John Vest — also known as Rev. Dr. Porkchop — prides his business on working with local farmers to ensure high quality meats.


The Original Ronnie’s BBQ was awarded “Best Chef” at the Six in the City Southern BBQ Experience Event in June 2024.

Photo via Richmond Region Tourism

The Original Ronnie’s BBQ, 2097 New Market Rd.
Drive up to this classic country roadside joint near Varina.

Smohk RVA BBQ, 3112 W. Leigh St.
Dig into a whole platter at this Scott’s Addition spot and take some sauce to go — most flavors are available by the bottle.

The Smoky Mug, 15 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
This Northside restaurant is also part coffeeshop and part Tex Mex Kitchen — look for the barbecue Wednesdays-Sundays.

ZZQ, 3201 W. Moore St.
Get out early for this Texas craft barbecue, served out of Scott’s Addition Wednesdays-Sundays until sold out.

Find the joint closest to you with this map.

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