Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Minneapolis has had much success creating a substantial market for Barbecue. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Scott Ja-Mamas Restaurant or at Market Bar-B-Que, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

Market Bar-B-Que

The image of a smiling pig leads the way to this charming downtown barbecue pit. In operation since 1946, Market is just as popular today as it was when the jukebox was new and autographed pictures on the wall were current. Try Market's famous...  Read More


Located just east of Lake of the Isles, Rudolphs is uptown in more ways than one. The upscale place features linen tablecloths and some of the area's best home-style barbecue. Many menu items pay tribute to Hollywood, from the Sheik sirloin and...  Read More

Calhoun BBQ & Blues

This barbecue chain serves some of the best ribs, burgers, and chops in the Twin Cities. The place may seem a little upscale for a barbecue joint, but there's something to be said for enjoying a rack of ribs and a few cornbread muffins while...  Read More

South Minneapolis
Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ

One of the best deals around, this closely guarded secret specializes in hot (that is atomic) barbecue. Ted Cook's, which has been feeding people well for more than thirty years, offers everything from beef and pork ribs to traditional barbecued...  Read More

South Minneapolis
Scott Ja-Mamas Restaurant

Cozy Scott Ja-Mamas enjoys fine status as one of the area's best barbecue dives, and identifying two or three standouts on the menu is impossible since everything tastes so good! Follow the "Hot Barbecue" neon sign, and you'll find...  Read More

Eden Prairie

Just how authentic is Baker's? Try this on for size: It's the only one of nine locations not in the Lone Star State. Folksy and casual, they've built their rep on stick-to-your-ribs, hickory-smoked meats. In fact, their dishes have been called...  Read More