10 Best Barbecue Spots in Baltimore Blowing More Than Just Smoke With Slow-Cooked Meaty Goodness

Baltimore may not be Memphis or Kansas City but with its transplants and strong culinary community, it holds its own with these 10Best barbecue joints. From brisket to ribs to chicken to pulled pork, good barbecue can indeed be found in the land of steamed crabs and crab cakes.

Popular spots such as Big Bad Wolf's House of Barbecue is likened to some of the best barbecue found in top smokehouse states like Texas and North Carolina with its signature Big Bad Wolf's sandwich. This mix of three meats and your choice of any of their unique sauces is bound to have you smacking your lips, rolling your eyes, and writing home to grandma.

If you're willing to drive just 10 minutes out of the city, you'll open your world up to even more finger-llcking barbecue such as what you'll find on Pulaski highway at Chaps Pit Beef where the sandwiches are always overflowing and the pit beef is legendary, cooked to perfection and accompanied by great sauces and gravy fries if you dare. And who's to say good barbecue is limited to just the American stuff? Korean barbecue adds its own twist to the preparation and flavoring of meats. Nak Won Korean Restaurant is one of the best in its class and attracts people looking for a different take on barbecue.

JD's Smokehouse Bar & Grill


With nice-sized finger-licking meaty wings (try the Chesapeake flavored batch for something a little different) and pretzel bread appetizers, who has room for an entree? But, you won't wanna leave without trying some of the barbecue options....  Read More

Nak Won Korean Restaurant
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Who says barbecue is just an American thing? People have been embracing and enjoying Korean barbecue more and more in cities across the country as communities grow internationally. Nak Won serves up the meats to you like traditional Korean...  Read More

Boog's Barbeque
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If you find yourself in Baltimore checking out an Orioles game and you happen to have a craving for barbecue, don't worry, you won't have to leave the stadium to get some. Boog's Barbeque is conveniently located in Camden Yards and fulfilling...  Read More

Chaps Pit Beef
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One of the many things that's unique to Baltimore is pit beef. And one of the few places that does it well, along with other meats, is Chaps Pit Beef. Located in an eyebrow raising strip mall on Pulaski highway, this little dive is all...  Read More



This Columbia location of The Corner Stable is a little closer to the downtown Baltimore area than the Cockeysville location, and a little more refined and upbeat. And though the ambiance and scenery differ between the two, the ribs and crab...  Read More

Andy Nelson's Southern Pit Barbecue


Andy Nelson's is about a twenty minute drive from downtown Baltimore and delivers on that quick fix for something different, other than crab cakes. Just look for the pink pig on the building and you know you're at the right spot. Though the...  Read More

Big Bad Wolf's House of Barbecue


A restaurant in a small yellow shack with a name like Big Bad Wolf must be cooking up something good and flavorful to have as loyal of a following as it does. Many will tell you that the Big Bad wolf sandwich is that signature "something." This...  Read More


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