As summer gets underway, millions of Americans will fire up the grill to enjoy a uniquely American, and definitely Southern, culinary tradition: the backyard barbecue. But if you’re looking to enjoy some finger-lickin’ deliciousness without the hours it takes to cook that fall-off-the-bone deliciousness, you’re in luck. As Richmond has emerged as a foodie destination, the options for mouth-watering barbecue have grown as well. Whether you’re dining in, or grabbing some for your own backyard celebration this Memorial Day Weekend, here are five smokin’ barbecue joints in RVA worth checking out.
ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue
ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque: For barbecue enthusiasts seeking an authentic Texas experience, ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque is the place to be. Situated in Scott’s Addition neighborhood, this award-winning joint showcases the art of Central Texas-style barbecue.
The Smoky Mug
The Smoky Mug: Named for its focus on craft barbecue, which they serve Wednesday through Sunday, as well as coffee, served daily in their cafe, The Smoky Mug is a neighborhood favorite in Northside. They serve up brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and smoked sausages presented in a variety of ways, from platters to tacos, as well as an assortment of Tex-Mex offerings.
Oak & Apple
Oak & Apple: A barbecue paradise in the heart of Shockoe Bottom, Oak & Apple serves up Southern style barbecue with all the fixins smoked on an Ole Hickory Smoker. They offer a variety of sauces including Alabama and Carolina options, as well as jackfruit option for vegetarians.
Deep Run Roadhouse
Deep Run Roadhouse: This West End hot spot specializes in Southern comfort food coupled with Tex-Mex options. Their menu features traditional favorites as well as creative interpretations, including The Train Wreck—a bowl filled with barbecue over mac & cheese, cowboy beans, and cornbread, topped with onions and jalapeños.
Frontier by Alamo
Frontier by Alamo: From the team behind Richmond’s beloved Alamo (temporarily closed for renovation), Frontier by Alamo serves up all of the Alamo’s favorite smoked meats and more. Located in the heart of historic Church Hill, Frontier offers Almo lovers a full restaurant experience, as well as their famous Alamo Cuban and jalapeño mac & cheese.