The 10 Best BBQ Joints in Connecticut!

Can you find good barbecue north of Virginia? Absolutely! Grab some napkins and prepare for some finger-lickin’ good barbecue in Connecticut. Read on to learn our favorite spots for a filling evening of smoky, rich barbecue.

1. Hoodoo Brown BBQ, Ridgefield, CT

Hoodoo Brown brings smoky Texas barbecue straight to Connecticut, with its massive meat platters and super hearty sides. Dine at Hoodoo Brown with friends, and be sure to come hungry so that you can share one of their massive trays of meaty goodness.If you happen to have a hankering for something a bit smaller, try the Hogzilla sandwich, which consists of pork, special sauce, green tomato, and garlic bacon mayonnaise.

2. Smokin’ With Chris, Southington, CT

Smokin’ With Chris offers a Southwestern sampling of corn bread, barbecue chicken, spare ribs, and more. The meats at Smokin’ With Chris are smoked for hours prior to serving, ensuring an intense flavor and tender meat. They also offer a children’s menu for little diners.

3. Bayou Smokehouse, Groton, CT

Bayou Smokehouse is a Southern-style barbecue joint serving a wide array of soups, salads, sandwiches, and meat platters. Everything on the menu is made fresh to order and they even feature Caribbean dishes. Additionally, Bayou Smokehouse has a vegetarian menu for those looking to avoid a meat-heavy meal.

4. Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport, CT

This hip gastropub and smokehouse is a popular spot for a meal, beer tasting, bourbon, or to take in one of their plentiful events. Hit them up for happy hour on Wednesday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for discounted drinks and delectable smoked wings or pig pen nachos. Their dinner menu is also stunning and features a great three course platter to share with friends.

5. Wire Mill BBQ, Redding, CT

Wire Mill BBQ specialized in pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, and homemade smoked sausage. Taste test their delicious corn bread, homemade stew, or creamy mac and cheese. Wire Mill smokes their meat for approximately eight to sixteen hours, depending on the meat, to have perfectly tender and thoroughly cooked smoked meat.

6. Taino Smokehouse, Middletown, CT

This small smokehouse features both indoor (limited) and outdoor (seasonal) seating. Taino Smokehouse takes its name from the CaribbeanTaino people, who are believed to have been one of the first peoples to barbecue meats. Stop by Taino Smokehouse for incredible appetizers, such as bacon pops or fried pickle chips, wings, or a solid barbecue dinner.

7. Pig Rig BBQ, Wallingford, CT

Pig Rig BBQ emulates finger lickin’ barbecue goodness with theirstacks of barbecue ribs and their incredible barbecue sandwich piled high with mac and cheese and meat. Prices at Pig Rig BBQ are decent, too, so you won’t break the bank when dining here.

8. Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, Multiple locations

This casual restaurant serves up unrivaled barbecue dishes in three locations in Connecticut. Menu highlights are their delicious kielbasa served with hand cut fries, pulled pork sandwiches, and poutine. Bear’s aims to bring Kansas City barbecue straight to your bellies.

9. Chester’s BBQ, Clinton and Groton, CT

This comfortable barbecue joint has options for both indoor and outdoor (seasonal) seating. Chester’s BBQ serves favorite barbecue dishes from several Southern regions to provide different flavors to diners. Stop in for a spicy bowl of chili, smoked ribs, or messy barbecue sandwiches.

10. When Pigs Fly Southern BBQ, Sharon, CT

When Pig’s Fly takes their Southern barbecue seriously, with flavor-packed dishes. They smoke their meats in a custom-made smoker for hours until they are perfectly cooked and falling apart. They also serve popular Southern side dishes to go along with the meal such as collard greens and blackeyed peas.

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