Be right back, it’s barbecue time! If you’re a BBQ lover like we are, then this is for you. We have come together to create a list of the best BBQ spots in Tampa Bay–they’re spread all throughout the area, so at least one has to be close to you!
From smoked meats, Southern sides, and smothering sauces to enjoy, you’ll be able to get all the fixins in one place with this list! Scroll down to find the best BBQ spots in Tampa Bay to enjoy for lunch and dinner or even breakfast!
Best BBQ in The Bay Starts Here!
The Brisket Shoppe
The name says it all at one of Tampa Bay’s finest brisket joints in Tampa Bay. The Brisket Shoppe brings the best brisket, Texas beef sausages, and delicious pairing sides. Come by, grab a cold beer, and enjoy some brisket at The Brisket Shoppe.
Sunday–Thursday | Closed
Friday–Saturday | 10:00am– 4:00pm 0r sold 0ut
Located right in St. Petersburg and the same owners of Datz Restaurant Group, you can already tell this will be good! With their twist of new American barbecue on unique dishes, Dr. BBQ brings it all to the table.
Some of our favorites are the Tai Pei Street Corn, Fried Avocado Wedges, and Go-Chu-Chang Sticky Ribs. Don’t forget to save room for dessert with their Banana Pudding Parfait!
Slow smoked, sides, and all from scratch. Dunedin Smokehouse is located in downtown Dunedin and is known for its fresh ingredients and slow-smoked dishes. Dunedin Smokehouse has dishes that are inspired by the BBQ staples. Be sure to check out their Slow Smoked St. Louis Ribs. Trust us, you won’t go home hungry with this dish!
Wicked Oak BarbeQue
Are you down to try smoked meats and wicked eats at Wicked Oak BarbeQue? Located in Seminole Heights, Wicked Oak BarbeQue sets the bar to a whole new level. Their homemade sauces are a fan favorite to enjoy with their meals. The Que-ban Sandwich is absolutely delicious with so much flavor! You will not be disappointed.
Ranked one of the top 10 BBQ restaurants in the U.S., Poppa’s BBQ is located right here in Tampa Bay. Poppa’s BBQ calls home right in Clearwater for all you BBQ lovers in Tampa Bay! They’ve got one-of-a-kind pork, chicken, and ribs to choose from. If you’re in the area, come on by and check them out! Poppa’s BBQ is typically open during lunch and will close when everything for the day is sold out!
We love how Mission BBQ proudly serves those who serve. Want to know how? Mission BBQ is determined to remind everyone what makes Our Country great, which is our heroes of the U.S.A.! Mission BBQ does it for the soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders, and all the loved ones in service. There are many locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, so find the closest one and try them out soon!
Monday–Saturday | 11:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 11:30am–8:00pm
Tampa – Town ‘N Country
📍 5602 W Waters Avenue, Tampa, FL 33634
Tampa – Temple Terrace
📍 13612 Bruce B Downs Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33613
📍 1504 W Brandon Boulevard, Brandon, FL 33511
📍 4501 14th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34207
📍 4014 S Florida Avenue Lakeland, FL 33813
📍 5231 University Parkway Suite 109 Sarasota, FL, 34201
If you haven’t checked out Sparkman Wharf yet, you’re truly missing out on its electric and fun atmosphere! If you’re in the mood for some BBQ food while you’re there, be sure to check out Murph’s Barbecue.
The menu is simple, yet delicious! You get to build your own platter with chopped chicken, pulled pork, or Texas-style brisket. If you get a platter, it’s a must to get a freshly squeezed lemonade. YUM!
Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que
Interested in some Tennessee-style BBQ? Well, Al has the perfect recipe for some finger-licking BBQ that you need to check out. Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que is located in Ybor City and good barbecue is only a statement. With the perfect mixture of dry-rubbed meats and tomato-based barbecue sauce, Al definitely knows how to BBQ!
The Ozona Pig
If you like some good Southern Style BBQ, then you’ll enjoy this one! The Ozona Pig is in the heart of Palm Harbor and is a local favorite. Flavors influenced by Memphis roots, the menu has much to offer to tie in all the family favorites. If you’re looking for a place to take the family or go on a date, The Ozona Pig can satisfy any craving!
Brick's Smoked Meats
Central Texas + Sarasota + BBQ food = Brick’s Smoked Meats. With all the combination of flavors, expertise, and traditions, Brick’s Smoked Meats has local Sarasota favorites coming back for more! They’ve got everything from salads and sandwiches to smoked meats and tacos. There is something on the menu for everyone to enjoy!
URBAN Brew & BBQ
What goes better together than a brew and BBQ? We’ll wait. Located off the streets of St. Petersburg made from Augusta Blocks when the city was developed stands URBAN Brew & BBQ. From what used to be a gas station and automobile shop now serves as a BBQ joint. The atmosphere is dog and family-friendly so bring the fam and don’t leave Fido at home! Everything is from scratch and simply delicious. Be sure to try their St. Louis Ribs or Fried Chicken.
Butcher and BBQ
Customizing hand-cut meats made from Florida-raised, grass-fed beef from Steelbach cattle, we can guarantee you’ll like the BBQ! Enjoy made-to-order sandwiches, Southern side dishes, and sauces like no other at Butcher and BBQ. Butcher and BBQ is located in Armature Works and stands out amongst the others with their twist on BBQ.
If you’re in the South Tampa area, you’re going to want to check out Deviled Pig. The flavor that goes into the dishes is unbelievable. The Deviled Pig is considered the meat with an attitude. It’s open 7 days a week and has BBQ and Pitmaster Pizza that everyone loves in Tampa Bay!
Jimbo's Pit Bar-B-Q
We already know your mouth is probably watering after reading through each of these BBQ spots in Tampa Bay, but check this one out! Jimbo’s Pit Bar-B-Q is located in Tampa and brings lunch and dinner right to the table.
With everything marinated to perfection, sides made from scratch, and build your own omelets, Jimbo’s has it going on! Come start off with some brunch action and end it with some dinner.
Have you enjoyed any of these BBQ Spots?
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