Best Barbecue Joints in the Bay: National Barbecue Day

Tampa Bay BBQ

With Spring and the anticipation of Summer in a few months, outdoor time is in full swing. Luckily, the beautiful Florida sunshine allows for day after day of fun in the sun with friends and family. From the end of the school year to July 4th, there is SO much to look forward to in the coming months. What better way to celebrate the Spring/Summer season than with some fresh, local Barbeque! Check out these Tampa Bay BBQ hot spots for some flavorful fun. Also, be sure to eat some barbeque on May 16th in honor of National Barbeque Day!

Al’s Finger Licking Good Soul Food

Named Top Barbeque Joint in Florida and one of Tampa’s Top Restaurants on Yelp and TripAdvisor, Al’s Finger Licking Good Soul Food is serving up some of the best BBQ in the Bay! Beginning in 2003 from a concession stand, Al’s has been serving delicious food in the restaurant since 2009 in Ybor City! They prepare Tennessee style Barbeque in house with a family-owned and operated establishment!

Kojak’s House of Ribs

Located in Tampa since 1978, Kojak’s has been family owned and operated by the Forney’s, serving up delicious BBQ! The restaurant sits inside of an old southern bungalow that’s been converted into a dining room beneath beautiful live oak trees. Guests can sit indoors and outdoors while biting into the best ribs from Tampa all the way to Texas! All of the food is homemade with fan favorites such as the Cole Slaw and Mama’s Chocolate Cake!

Big John’s Alabama BBQ

Another classic Tampa BBQ joint, Big Johns has been around since 1968 ever since the late Rev. John A. “Big John” opened the restaurant on 40th Street North. 42 years later, Big John’s is still honoring Big John with their smokin’ flavor and family atmosphere. The establishment is still run by John’s wife and kids! Stop in for a full meal or grab a quick sandwich with tons of meat options all under $8!

Jimbo’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Voted Best Ribs in Tampa Bay, Jimbo’s is a Tampa staple for all things BBQ! Since opening its doors in 1970, Jimbo’s serves delicious BBQ style lunch and dinner cooked and marinated perfectly. Enjoy ribs, chicken, pork and so much more! Stop into one of Tampa’s most well-known barbeque joints and take a bite out of history!

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4 Rivers South Tampa

4 Rivers Smokehouse is a Florida staple since its founding in 2009. For the past ten years, the family-owned business has specialized in slow-smoked barbeque, homestyle fixings, and fresh baked goods.4 Rivers takes pride in their bold flavor combinations and ingredients which has resulted in numerous awards for their food! Perhaps one of their proudest awards was for one of “The South’s Best BBQ Joints” awarded by Southern Living!

Konan’s BBQ

Head over to Konan’s located off of 275 between Lois and Westshore for some finger-lickin’ barbeque! Since its opening in 2011, Konan’s been serving the best BBQ in the bay area, prepared with family recipes in mind by Tampa locals! It doesn’t get much closer to home than that.

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Hank’s Place BBQ

Enjoy true Southern-style barbeque, welcome to all who enter at Hank’s Place. This is the perfect spot for the whole family, located on the west side of Dale Mabry! Look for the A-frame building and prepare for some delicious, nostalgic, southern style BBQ. Hank’s offers menu items that will take you back to those delicious 4th of July BBQ cookouts!

Jazzy’s BBQ

With locations in both Tampa and Clearwater, Jazzy’s is cookin’ up delicious BBQ all across the bay! Using real oak, their barbeque boasts a southern style flavor in all of their food such as smoked barbeque pork, beef brisket, chicken sausage, ribs, and more! The restaurant was opened by former NFL star, Johnny Ray Smith and his wife Pamela in the 1980s. Both played and cheered for the Bucs bringing the locality of the restaurant full circle! Be sure to stop in for homestyle, local barbeque in a charming family-style joint!

Bar-B-Que King

Head out to another delicious Tampa Bay BBQ staple! Since opening over 50 years ago, the restaurant has been family owned and operated and is the leader in oak-smoked ribs, chicken, sausage, and pulled pork. Buy a whole dinner for under $15 or grab a sandwich all under $10! Bar-B-Que King also offers Family Packs that come with 2 large sides all under $30! You can’t beat that! Check out Bar-B-Que King this BBQ season.

Sarge’s Smokehouse BBQ

Located on Adamo, Sarge’s has been smokin’ up deliciousness since 2013 by Ken, Brian, and Chris. The trio served together at MacDill AFB and have developed the most unique southern style BBQ with flares of St. Louis, Memphis, Texas, and Carolina style BBQ!  Stop into the Adamo Drive location or find their Food Truck and experience the BBQ goodness!

Deviled Pig

One of the newer establishments, Deviled Pig, has been delivering “meat with an attitude” since 2018 to the Tampa area. With pit master, Lee Ann Whippen, winner of “Throwdown-Pulled Pork” against Bobby Flay, Deviled Pig is sure to delight the pickiest of BBQ enthusiasts!  Enjoy premium smoked meats, sandwiches, and classic BBQ. Order online for pickup, eat in the store, or check out their great Catering Menu!

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Whether you’re sticking to the classic Tampa Bay BBQ Establishments, or you’re on the look-out for some new BBQ eats, the Bay area has something for you! Either way, be sure to support your local pitmasters this Spring/Summer season, and don’t forget to participate in National Barbeque Day on May 16th!

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For more foodie fun, check out Thee Treehouse or Cinco de Mayo Events to see where else to indulge!


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