All City Barbeque locations will celebrate “Family Time” today, Feb. 24 with free kids meals with an adult meal purchase all day. (Source: City Barbeque Facebook)

BEST OF DAYTON: 3 go-to spots for amazing BBQ

If you’re craving pulled pork, beef brisket or ribs, you don’t have to visit Texas or the South to enjoy top quality barbecue.

From food trucks, to casual restaurants, Dayton has tons of restaurants serving up barbecue, and each with its own unique twist.

>> Barbecue spots in Dayton you must try

But which one is the best? The people of Dayton voted for their favorites in’s Best of 2018 contest, and here are the top three picks for Best Barbecue.

>> Best of Dayton: Complete list of winners

WINNER: City Barbeque

Photo: For the AJC

Want to go?

2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek | 937-320-0000 | Website | Facebook

5 E. Franklin St., Centerville | 937-312-1350 | Website | Facebook

SECOND PLACE: Hickory River Smokehouse

Hickory River Smokehouse’s award-winning pulled pork sandwich. Tender, juicy, delicious. Regular price, $4.49. (MICHELLE FONG/STAFF)

This casual family destination located just off Interstate 75 serves up award-winning Texas barbecue and hearty sides. Serves lunch and dinner and offers drive-through service.

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Want to go?

135 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City | 937-669-2271 | Website | Facebook


Company 7 Beef Brisket. SUBMITTED
Photo: Staff Writer

Dayton isn’t alone in its love for Company 7 BBQ. The restaurant has been named one of the “Best of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in America" for the eighth consecutive year by the industry trade publication National Barbecue News. And it was the only restaurant in Ohio to make the list. In fact, Company 7 BBQ was one of only 28 restaurants in the country to make the magazine’s “Best of the Best” list.

Want to go?

1001 S. Main St., Englewood | 937-836-2777 | Website | Facebook