Charlotte Barbecue Joint Big Board – May 2014


Big shakeup at the number one spot in our Charlotte leader board. We’ve added 5 reviews to the Charlotte rankings since December and Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen, a food truck run by a Dan “Boone” Gibson, who helped create the original Mac’s Speed Shop and Queen City Q, takes the top spot with it’s moist, tender, smokey barbecue with a perfect bark. It’s high quality brisket and sausage only help to solidify it’s ranking. Speedy and I will be revisiting Midwood Smokehouse soon for a proper re-review, and it will be interesting to see just how it stacks up on its second official review. The next best hope to challenge the top spot is Kyle Fletcher’s in Gastonia, which we have yet to review despite it winning the Charlotte Observer Barbecue Bracket in spring 2013.

What other Charlotte area joints should we check out? Feel free to weigh in on your favorite in the comments and if you present a strong enough case we will try to head there next.


  1. Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen (food truck) new
  2. Midwood Smokehouse
  3. Queen City Q
  4. Sauceman’s
  5. Bill Spoon’s Barbecue
  6. Old Hickory House
  7. Elwood’s Barbecue & Burger Bar new
  8. Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Concord) new
  9. Smoke & Go Bar-B-Que (food truck)
  10. Mac’s Speed Shop
  11. R&R Bar-B-Que new
  12. Lancaster’s BBQ new
  13. Rock Store Bar-B-Q
  14. Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que
  15. McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon
  16. Rock Store Bar-B-Q (Mint Hill)
  17. Bobbee-O’s BBQ
  18. Farmer’s BBQ
  19. Bubba’s Barbecue 
  20. JJR’s BBQ Shack
  21. City Smoke
  22. OooWee BBQ (food truck)

Still to review: Kyle Fletcher’s, Bar-B-Q King, Dan the Pig Man (food truck), Q2U, Fort Mill BBQ Co, R.O.’s Bar-B-Que

Previous Big Boards: December 2013July 2013

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