Charlotte Rankings

Also known as “The Charlotte Big Board.” This is the reason we initially started the blog, to find the best barbecue joint in Charlotte as well as the surrounding area. For the purposes of this list, we have kept it to joints located in Charlotte and its surrounding “ring cities” (i.e. Huntersville, Mooresville, Mint Hill, Matthews, Monroe, Waxhaw, Pineville, Gastonia, Belmont, etc) as well as the SC cities right across the border such as Ft. Mill, Rock Hill, and Lake Wylie. Click on each restaurant to read the review.

Austin rankings located here

Last updated 2/1/19

  1. Jon G’s Barbecue: 2018 | 2017
  2. Sweet Lew’s BBQ
  3. Midwood Smokehouse: Ballantyne | 2014 | 2012
  4. The Smoke Pit (Concord): 2016 | 2015
  5. Bill Spoon’s Barbecue: 20172015 | 2012
  6. Big Tiny’s BBQ (Mooresville)
  7. City Barbeque
  8. Seoul Food Meat Co
  9. Sauceman’s: 20152013
  10. Kyle Fletcher’s Barbecue & Catering
  11. Q2U (Lake Wylie)
  12. The Improper Pig: 2017| 2014
  13. Killer Q
  14. Bar-B-Q King
  15. 521 BBQ and Grill: Tega Cay | Indian Land
  16. Mac’s Speed Shop: Steele Creek | South Blvd
  17. Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Concord) 
  18. The Q Shack
  19. Smoke & Go Bar-B-Que (food truck)
  20. South Main Street BBQ (Waxhaw)
  21. OooWee BBQ: 2018| 2013
  22. Kid Cashew
  23. Treehouse Whiskey and Fork
  24. R&R Bar-B-Que (Concord)
  25. Queen City Q: 2016 | 2012
  26. Lancaster’s BBQ: Huntersville | Mooresville
  27. Rock Store Bar-B-Q: Stallings | Mint Hill
  28. Moe’s Original Bar-B-Que: food truck | 2015 | 2013
  29. McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon
  30. Brooks’ Sandwich House
  31. Cook Out
  32. Fort Mill BBQ Company (Fort Mill)
  33. Queen City Q (Concord)
  34. Bubba’s Barbecue
  35. Art’s BBQ & Deli
  36. Ranucci’s Big Butt BBQ
  37. Rocky Top BBQ Co
  38. The Dixie Pig (Rock Hill)
  39. Dan Good Que (food truck)
  40. City Smoke
  41. Bobbee-O’s BBQ: 2016 | 2012
  42. R.O.’s Bar-B-Que

Closed: Midwood Smokeshack (December 2017), Smoke Modern Barbeque (Huntersville) (May 2017), Elwood’s Barbecue & Burger Bar (September 2015), Old Hickory House (April 2015), Carolina Ribs on the Run (Mooresville) (July 2014), Farmer’s BBQ (unknown), JJR’s BBQ Shack (August 2018)Boone’s Bar-B-Que Kitchen (late 2018)

Still to review: Dan the Pig Man (food truck), Bodrick’s BBQ, Glenn’s Again (Kannapolis), Slow Smokin’ BBQ (food truck), Smokey J’s BBQ (food truck), Noble Smoke (coming soon), Randy’s BBQ (Troutman), Buddy’s BBQ (Belmont), Ray Nathan’s BBQ (Gastonia)

Previous Big Boards: March 2017December 2015, January 2015May 2014December 2013July 2013

18 thoughts on “Charlotte Rankings

  1. I wanted to let you know that I tried Q-2-U last night for dinner and loved it. I had the baby back ribs which I thought were excellent. The sauces were really good, and I especially liked the mustard sauce and vinegar sauce, which the mustard sauce is based on. I loved the hush puppies. The beans, mac and cheese and green beans and potatoes were all good.

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  2. Oh, I also went to 521 BBQ and Grill a couple of nights ago. My GPS couldn’t find it so I had to call from the road. I had a wonderful pork sandwich with red slaw, which I enjoyed more than the one I had the next day at BBQ Center in Lexington. The hush puppies were fantastic, and I loved the beans. I also had onion rings which were quite good.

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  3. I noticed that you have a review of M&K Bar-B-Que in Granite Quarry, NC, but it’s not in your Charlotte rankings. Any reason why? I’m trying to decide between it and the Smoke Pit in Concord when I’m in Charlotte in August.


  4. Great website. Any other recommendations for eastern NC style (preferably whole hog) in the Gaston/Belmont/western Charlotte area? Love Spoon’s, but would like something closer. Eastern style is hard to find around here…


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