We are officially entering grilling and barbecue season.
But you don’t have to bust out the charcoal bricks and smoker at home, try one of these beloved institutions in and around Dayton.
Pa’s Pork | Facebook or (937) 508-1308Voted best BBQ by Dayton.com readers, this food truck specializes in unique BBQ sandwiches. Top recommended dishes include pulled pork nachos, sauerkraut balls, The Pig Apple (smoked pork, braised cinnamon apples and sharp white cheddar on a toasted bun), and the schnitzel. Brisket, burgers and ribs. Need we say more? This fan favorite won the 2nd place spot for best BBQ in Dayton. City Barbeque | www.citybbq.com
2330 N. Fairfield Road, Beavercreek937-320-00005 E. Franklin St., Centerville(937) 312-1350
The food at this Columbus-based chain is darn good. Am always happy to eat at City Barbecue when the opportunity presents itself. The beef brisket is not to be missed and the new double-smoked brisket tacos served up with smoked corn, tomato and chimichurri salsa are delicious and priced right (3 for $9).
Beaugard’s Southern Bar “B” Q
975 S. South St., Wilmingtonwww.beaugardsbbq.com or (937) 655-8100
Get ready for some southern hospitality and some excellent Arkansas BBQ. Accessorize your plate of juicy, smoked meat with sweet potato pie, greens, hush puppies, macaroni salad and some fresh brewed tea and you’re ready to roll.
The Beerded Pig
Food truck, locations varyhttp://thebeerdedpig.com
Those smoked salmon tacos … holy moly. Some of the best I’ve had in ages, but then all the meats and ‘cue they were doling out seemed to be truly terrific across the board. Follow the Beerded Pig’s social media feed and try to track their bright orange food truck down if you are able and then let me know where they are at. I want more!
Bullwinkles Top Hat Bistro
19 N. Main St., Miamisburgwww.bullwinklestophatbistro.com or (937) 859-7677
If you are able and inclined, ride the bike path out for some pre-rib exercise. The ribs are where it’s at when it comes to this popular Miamisburg staple, so look no further. Best to arrive hungry.
Company 7 BBQ
1001 S Main St., Englewood(937) 836-2777
At the risk of sounding like a broken record … I can’t get enough of those smoked wings! I’ve written about them before and there’s a reason I keep going back for more.
Double D’s BBQ
69 Maple St., Waynesville(937) 554-2916
The “BBQ Hotshot” is popular for a reason — a cornbread waffle is piled with pulled pork, BBQ sauce and coleslaw. It’s all delicious, but this is a dish you’re not going to find on most menus.
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati(513) 533-1957
This Cincinnati gem’s Riverside location is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Hickory smoked ribs and hickory smoked turkey breast are tender and meaty and the pulled pork is infused with garlic, cayenne and sugar rub that will bring a smile to your face. Add some sides like jalapeño cheddar grits, jalapeño cornbread, dirty baked beans and you’ll really be cookin’. The record player serenading with wonderful scratchy classics from the past is a nice bonus.
1334 Linden Ave, Daytonwww.fatbacksbarbecue.com or (937) 254-7427
Smoked ribs, pork, brisket and chicken are cooked up low and slow until the meat is perfectly tender and then served up with Memphis-style sauces to accompany. The pig art surrounding the walls is fun and the owners are incredibly proud of what they are doing. It shows.
Hickory Bar-B Que
1082 Brown St., Daytonwww.hickorybarbq.com or (937) 228-5252
This gem located down the street from The University of Dayton gets packed during the dinner hours, so expect a wait. The BBQ chicken dinner ($13.25) and rib dinner ($19.25) don’t disappoint.
KD’s Kettering BBQ
3911 Marshall Road, Kettering
http://ketteringbarbequecarryout.com or (937) 293-3592
Spring for the broasted pork chops with broasted potato wedges, hot bacon slaw and corn casserole. You won’t be sorry.
1527 Compton Road, Mount Healthywww.pittoplatebbq.com or (513) 931-9100.
If there was a competition for sides and desserts, this place would probably take home top prize. And with meat served up by the pound you know they are serious about their barbecue. The baby back ribs are about as tender as they come and the other meats options aren’t far behind.
200 E. 5th St., Dayton(937) 586-9790
You can’t beat this downtown spot that offers speedy take-out service and evening hours. Although some of the sides are underwhelming, the portions are generous and the meat is tender and delicious.
275 Pictoria Drive, Cincinnati(513) 671-7667
They had me at fried green tomatoes. Their motto — “if it’s leagal … we’ll smoQ it!” — cracks me up. Good to be aware that Mondays are $19 slab of ribs night if you find yourself in Cincinnati on a Monday hankering for some smoked meats.
Star City BBQ1015 S Main St., Miamisburg(937) 530-2020http://starcitybbq.com
This unassuming, quaint stop filled with small town charm has a nice-sized menu that’s priced right. It’s a throw-back with solid food that satisfies.
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