BBQ locally cooked in Tampa Bay.

Florida has been making a name for itself in the BBQ world over the past few years. We asked you on social media where to find the best barbecue in Tampa Bay and you didn’t disappoint. We put together a list of the 7 Best Barbecue Spots in Tampa Bay.

Earlier this year, Southern Living Magazine named Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach the 8th best BBQ spot in the country. Then, Taste of Home named Shiver’s Bar-B-Q in Homestead, FL, as the best barbecue in Florida. Both of those options are different types of BBQ, so that comes down to personal preference.

Do different states have different styles of BBQ?

The short answer is yes, and they’re all much different from the next. BBQ isn’t a one size fits all type of cooking and in fact, the wood used to cook the various meats really decides the kind of flavor you’re getting. The big four in BBQ are Kansas City, Texas, Memphis, and Carolina Style BBQ.

In Texas, you have the sweet and hot flavor blasted brisket. In Carolina, pulled pork is the go-to. In Memphis, they love their smoked meat and hardwood charcoal. Finally, Kansas City has grown to perfect all kinds of BBQ.

In Florida, you’ll see a variety of types of BBQ. We’re known for doing things differently down here and that’s why some of the barbecue you see here, you won’t see anywhere else. There’s tons of different kinds of barbecue in the state of Florida from food trucks, trailers, and full fledged restaurants. Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach offers gator meat … if that scream FLORIDA, we’re not sure what does. 

So what’s the best barbecue in Tampa Bay?

We asked and you answered. There were dozens of great choices to choose from, but the people have spoken. 

Here are the 7 Best Barbecue Spots in Tampa Bay.

  • Laurie Cue (Brooksville)

    With the most votes and the clear top choice in the area, Laurie Cue’s  “serves the sexiest BBQ in Florida” according to their site. All of their food is fresh, never frozen and they make all of their rubs and sauces homemade. They’re a food truck serving up pulled chicken, pulled pork, sliced brisket and more to the people of Brooksville. Laurie’s also caters so you can enjoy the best BBQ in Tampa at your next party.

  • The Brass Captain Saloon & BBQ (Madeira Beach)

    Serving up freshly smoked Texas style BBQ, The Brass Captain Saloon & BBQ is a Madeira Beach favorite. Kick back with ribs, pulled pork, chopped brisket, drinks, live music and more.

  • The Ozona Pig (Palm Harbor)

    The Ozona Pig is the spot where “Southern Style BBQ” meets Memphis roots. If you’re looking for hickory smoked, slow cooked BBQ pulled pork, fresh brisket, ribs, grilled rib-eye, and more, The Ozona Pig is the place for you.

  • Johnson Barbeque (Plant City)

    Johnsons Barbeque has been a tradition in Plant City for over 60 years. Elton Johnson started slow smoking pork shoulders from his “gas station-turned-restaurant” and now proudly serves up some of the best classic southern dishes in Tampa Bay. You’ll find BBQ tacos, pit barbeque, steak specials and more.

  • Hungry Harry's Bar-B-Que

    Hungry Harry’s has been proudly dishing out it’s famous BBQ to the people of Tampa Bay since 1985. They are located in Land O Lakes and Seffner. They cater, offer daily specials, and regular menu items.

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  • Mission BBQ (Tampa)

    Mission BBQ first opened its doors on September 11, 2011. “Ten years after our world changed forever, in some small way we wanted to change it back. As the founders of MISSION BBQ, we strive every day to remind everyone what makes Our Country great—its heroes. Who are we? Two friends passionate about BBQ, patriotic for Our Country, and who believe in running a business with meaning and purpose” says Mission BBQ.

  • Jimbo's Pit Bar B-Q

    For over 50 years, Jimbo’s Pit Bar-B-Q has been serving the Tampa community.  You can order up breakfast specials, sandwiches with sliced or chopped BBQ pork, ribs and more. Visit their website for more information.


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