BBQ Restaurants in Livermore

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Hand-rubbed with a signature seasoning, char-roasted over an open flame, and then smoked in the oven until the center reaches the perfect shade of pink. Buckhorn Grill’s certified-Angus tri-tip is not just the franchise’s signature item—it’s the reason behind its initial creation. After selling thousands of these tri-tip sandwiches at the Napa Chef’s Market, the founders knew they had something great, leading them to open the very first Buckhorn Grill in Metreon. That was in 1999; today, Buckhorn has expanded to nearly a dozen locations across California and New York.

At each location, chefs pile their perfectly charred and tender tri-tip atop half a dozen sandwiches, such as the Bacon-Cheddar Buck or the Roadhouse Buck topped with red ranch and blue cheese. They also use that same certified-Angus in their burgers, topping the 1/3-pound patties with everything from apple-wood smoked bacon and avocado to simple lettuce, tomato, and onions. Beyond beef, the eatery smokes its own sausage, slow roasts barbecued chicken, and even marinates and grills portabellas for vegetarians and finicky pet rabbits.

2245 Stoneridge Mall Rd
Pleasanton,
CA
US

In 1946, John Kinder opened his first meat market in the Bay Area town of San Pablo. More than 65 years later, Kinder continues to oversee daily operations at more than 15 neighborhood locations. He owes his continued success, in part, to the second- and third-generation family members who have leant their own tireless dedication to the company.

This dedication has certainly paid off. The Kinder family’s barbecue sauces, marinades, and rubs consistently take first-place ribbons from judges across the country and have earned the market a loyal following of cowboys and outlaws alike. In a 2008 article on what to order at Major League ballparks, the New York Times hailed the ball-tip steak sandwich and its "mess of Kinder's smoky-sweet sauce" as a much-welcome relief from the fried menu items at McAfee Coliseum. :m]]

43761 Boscell Rd
Fremont,
CA
US

Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.

2472 Whipple Rd
Hayward,
CA
US

Beef, fish, chicken bones, and more than 30 Chinese herbs collectively flavor the numerous variations of Xinjiang Mala spicy broth at Dragon Gate BBQ. These slow-cooked broths coat spicy shabu skewers, on which chefs layer kelp, tofu curd, and beef meatballs. Simmering meats also cling to the kitchen staff?s barbecue skewers, which include traditional ingredients, such as green beans, chicken gizzard, and pig skin. Batches of fried rice or noodles tossed with veggies round out the menu along with freshly squeezed juices or imported beer.

228 Barber Ct
Milpitas,
CA
US

The barbecue masters at CJ BBQ Restaurant serve up slow-cooked meats including ribs, hot links, and pulled pork. They slather four types of ribs in housemade sauce, allowing guests to choose from pork, beef, baby back, and Korean-style versions. Other Korean specialties on the menu include kimchi ramen, hot spicy chicken, and bibimbap.

461 Blossom Hill Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

Cuisine Type: Barbeque

Most popular offering: Smoked brisket

Reservations: Not offered

Kid-friendly: Yes

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Number of Tables: 11?25

Outdoor Seating: No

Established: 2012

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: We are a counter-service restaurant

Q&A with Dan Frengs, Pit Master

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our menu is simple, and its focus is on on the meat. We also have an amazing draft beer selection and are constantly rotating our taps, so we keep an eye out for variety and seasonality. We also select beers we feel pair well with our food. We make our sides and sauces from scratch, as well, and always use fresh ingredients in everything we make.

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

My passion began when I first started eating barbecue around the United States. I developed an awareness of how barbecue is done regionally throughout the country, and that inspired me to do my own backyard cooking?and eventually, to open my own restaurant.

1941 Oak Park Blvd
Pleasant Hill,
CA
US