BBQ Restaurants in Lakeland

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Proponents of dry rub can be found across the Midwest—Oklahoma’s barbecue joints are an especially good bet. If you ask any of these die-hards, they’ll say that what dry-rubbed meats lack in sauce, they make up for in the delicately balanced flavors of their spices. Rib Crib BBQ & Grill captures these flavors and brings them to its cozy Lakeland restaurant, where guests can feast on chicken, ribs, and briskets smoked onsite over hickory chips. In addition to pit choices, Rib Crib dishes out Southern¬-style sides such as corn on the cob, mac ‘n’ cheese, and slow-cooked cowboy beans that guests can lasso individually with a tiny rope of floss.:m]]

4960 S Florida Ave
Lakeland,
FL
US

The friendly barbecue buffs at BubbaQue’s offer a hearty menu of hickory-smoked meats, 10 unique sauces, and comforting Southern sides. Whet your appetite with a tongue-teasing order of fried green 'maters, a savory staple served with ranch dipping sauce ($4.99) before moving on to the savory main event. For a quick bite, diners can grab the Big Ol’ Bubba, pulled pork served on texas toast ($5.99), or the Buffalo Soldier sandwich, chicken tenders drenched in Bubba’s own buffalo sauce and served with blue-cheese or ranch dressing ($6.49). Combinations such as the smoked turkey dinner come equipped with two sides to provide preassembled meals ($8.99), offering full-plate feasting without conversation-stilting banquet tables and noisy dining-room jousts. Saucy mouths are readily rinsed with a large glass of sweet tea ($1.99) or a bottle of domestic ($2.49) or imported ($3.49) beer.

2444 US Highway 92 E
Lakeland,
FL
US

BubbaChuck's specializes in Southern barbecue, stuffing growling gullets with slow-smoked meats and sides prepared using homemade rubs and sauces. The menu fires up taste buds with the signature barbecue eggrolls, a mix of pork and slaw shrouded in an eggroll wrapper and deep-fried ($4.95). A bevy of sandwiches served on texas toast, including pulled pork ($5.55) and sliced brisket ($6.55), busy chompers as eyes ogle the green walls of the cozy casual dining room.

3549 Recker Hwy
Winter Haven,
FL
US

BubbaQue's emulates the renowned culture of southern hospitality with a cheerful, welcoming atmosphere and a menu of hearty, southern-style barbecue. It's chefs slow-smoke premium cuts of pork, beef, and poultry to creating mouthwatering sandwiches and barbeque specialties— including the barbecue wings that won them the champion title at Lakeland's King of the Wing competition. The chefs utilize their barbecuing expertise to create seven different types of sauces, with flavors ranging from spicy to smoky to sweet.

Out in the dining room, baskets of barbecue and bottles of beer speckle wooden picnic tables. The restaurant decor is lively—with colorful knickknacks, playful signs, and zero marble busts of a glowering Andrew Jackson.

12710 US Highway 301
Dade City,
FL
US

Though years of working as a trainer for chain restaurants taught Mike Tolley how to cook quality food efficiently, it was the slower, lower-heat cooking that he enjoyed the most. So when he decided to open his own restaurant, Uncle Mike's Smokehouse, he eschewed traditional fast-food preparation in favor of the slow smoking that gives meat a rich, complex favor. He and his chefs grill everything from pork shanks and chicken wings to St. Louis?style barbecue and steaks. They don't just specialize in savory, smoky flavors, however. They also add a sweet note to meals with slices of cornbread, vanilla maple sweet potatoes, and bourbon-laced pecan pie.

9847 E Adamo Dr
Tampa,
FL
US

At On Q Smokehouse Grill, diners could build an actual food pyramid representing all five food groups with menu items such as the fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sandwich, walnut chicken salad, and mac and cheese. Combo dinners plate two or three meats next to a pair of sides, such as coleslaw and sweet potato fries, while the smoked mullet dinner refuels brain tanks with healthy omega-3s that power the lightbulb above your head. The drink list quenches thirst and loosens ties with premium and domestic beers on draft and by the bottle, as well as wine by the glass.

33030 State Rd. 52
San Antonio,
FL
US