The 5 Best Restaurants for BBQ in Detroit

September 18, 2020 | Detroit Food

With smoky meats cooked to perfection, delicious homemade sauces, and classic homestyle side dishes, there’s no wonder why BBQ is one of the most popular types of food in America. It seems like every city holds a special pride for their BBQ, and Detroit is no exception.

If you’re visiting Detroit or have managed to live here for any period of time without discovering a favorite BBQ spot, here are the top 5 you need to check out ASAP.

  1. Slows Bar BQ. Ever since opening day in 2005, Slows Bar BQ has taken pride in their gourmet-level BBQ, wide selection of craft beer, and commitment to serving the community well. Though the original location resides in Corktown on Michigan Avenue, Slows now boasts four locations. Make sure to give the Yardbird sandwich a try during your visit—it finished top three on Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.
  2. Red Smoke Barbecue. Red Smoke Barbecue is well known as one of the best spots for great BBQ near Downtown Detroit. Sporting slow-cooked meats over hickory and applewood, five signature sauces, a plethora of delicious side dishes, and various Michigan draft beers, Red Smoke is sure to satisfy even the most particular BBQ connoisseur.
  3. Sterling’s Old Style BBQ. If you’re looking for excellent BBQ with prices and service to match, look no further than Sterling’s Old Style BBQ. Customers praise Sterling’s for their friendly service and cozy atmosphere as well as their perfectly cooked chicken and ribs, creamy homestyle mac-n-cheese, and tasty desserts like peach cobbler and banana pudding.
  4. Victory Smokehouse. Don’t be fooled by its humble appearance—Victory Smokehouse is a strong contender for some of the best BBQ in the greater Detroit area. Located in Warren behind the Victory Inn Bar & Grill, Victory Smokehouse proudly serves up authentic and delicious BBQ using classic American smoking methods. They even provide multiple portion sizes along with sandwich options for those desiring some portion control.
  5. C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill. Short for “Come As You Are,” C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill acquires its meat and produce entirely from local sources within 100 miles or less, ensuring the freshest possible meats and sides available. C.A.Y.A. even offers a BBQ pulled squash option for vegetarians and vegans who still crave that classic BBQ experience. You’ll love the delicious food as well as the one-of-a-kind atmosphere comprised of modern metal fixtures mixed seamlessly with classic wood furnishings.

Whether you’re a lifelong BBQ lover or just looking to try something new, all 5 of these unique, high-quality Detroit spots offer an opportunity for a delicious and memorable meal with friends or family.

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