The 5 best Orlando barbecue places to hit this weekend
Summer may be over (hello, PSL season) but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your barbecue fix. Orlando has an incredible selection of barbecue restaurants to choose from regardless of whether you want to dine in or get takeout. We’ve all heard of 4Rivers and yes, they are amazing, but our list is composed of a few other places you may not have heard of yet. Check out our top 5 list for the best barbecue in the City Beautiful, and feel free to leave us comments with your top picks!
1. Cecil’s BBQ: 2800 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando
Cecil’s has been a popular BBQ spot since 1992 and with good reason – it’s Texas-style fare is so tender you don’t even need a knife to cut it. Their menu includes the classics (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, sweet potato souffle, potato salad, fried okra, BBQ beans, etc.) but also throws in a few curveballs like Polish sausages, hot beans, and jalapeno mashed potatoes (not for the faint of heart). And if you dine in, you can get a free ice cream cone when all is said in done just in case you weren’t already stuffed.
2. Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa: Multiple locations
If you’re not in the mood for North Caroline style sauce and baked beans, check out Pig Floyd’s. This restaurant serves Latin-style barbecue for a bit of a twist, so you won’t find the traditional fixings here. You will, however, find dishes like Bahn Mi with pulled pork, Mongolian brisket, pork belly taco, and butter chicken tacos, as well as sides like jasmine rice with cuban black beans, yuca frita, and Mexican street corn. Don’t forget to try one of the Jarritos Mexican sodas while you’re there, too.
3. Lillie Pearl’s BBQ: 3540 Rio Vista Ave., Orlando
Lillie Pearl’s isn’t technically a restaurant – it’s actually a food trailer parked right down the street from Toyota of Orlando outside the 13 Cigars Saloon. Their menu changes on a daily basis, but it’s worth the drive to see what’s cooking (and you can also call ahead at (407) 480-6471 to find out what’s available and place your order.) Trust us on this one.
4. Git-N-Messy BBQ: 4980 Hall Rd., Orlando
Git-N-Messy BBQ is also another BBQ place that’s not technically a restaurant; it’s actually inside of a gas station off Hall Road in Orlando. However, don’t let the lack of dine-in options deter you. This authentic BBQ joint offers incredibly tender meats, delicious mac-and-cheese and seasoned fries, collard greens, and a daily special that’s well worth the drive (try the Red Snapper sandwich!). You can call ahead to place your order or order online on their website.
5. Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-b-q: Multiple locations
Bubbalou’s has won awards for it’s delicious offerings, so you know you can’t go wrong. They’ve been around since 1986 and offer both take-out and dine-in eating, and their well-rounded menu has options for everyone. You can choose from meats like pulled chicken, sliced beef, pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and catfish, as well as sides like gator nuggets, Brunswick stew, collards, fried okra, and mac-n-cheese bites. Wash it all down with their incredible sweet tea!
From our Orlando Toyota family to yours, happy eating!