Gator Q flavors meats with the restaurant's signature dry rub before smoking them on-site over local Black Jack oak steeped in apple cider. Savory smoked meats such as pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, turkey, and chicken are served au naturel or can be accented with a choice of 10 signature sauces. Servers clad in tie-dye also ferry signature dishes such as the pulled-pork deep-fried barbecue eggroll and the Memphis club, a Texas toast sandwich that towers as high as the state's naturally occurring meat geyser, stuffed with pulled pork, smoked turkey, and cheese. Sides crafted from local produce complement meals, along with a dose of festive aesthetics in the form of University of Florida Gator colors and memorabilia.
Newberry's Backyard BBQ soulfully dishes out ribs by the rack, pork by the pull, and sides by the spoonful to diners hankering for heavenly smokiness. After scanning the vast menu, start off with a seasoned helping of sweet potato fries ($6.25) or fried ravioli ($5.95) before plunging mouth bones into sandwiches ($6.25–$9.25) smuggling juicy morsels of pork, beef, turkey, and more. All sandwiches, midday meals, and delicious dinners are served with at least one succulent culinary sidekick (choose from a hunger-fighting roster of potato, coleslaw, baked beans, applesauce, and more). Enjoy a light meal with a chamber salad ($8.49), beef up dinners with a hot-off-the-grill NY strip ($16.99) or rib eye steak ($14.75), and get faces deliciously dirty with owner Rocky Voglio's tasty baby back ribs ($10.99 half rack, $16.99 full rack).
The patient chefs at Pit Boss Bar-B-Q have slow-cooked succulent ribs and barbecue fare over an oak-wood fire for over a quarter century, earning the 1994 small business of the year award from the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The menu proffers starters such as colossal onion rings, which chivalrous chefs bravely hand-dip in beer batter before deep-frying and delivering to diners from armored horse ($4.99). Mounds of succulent pork smothered in Pit Boss’ signature barbecue sauce nestle into the pork sandwich ($5.99), and a full pound of pork ribs can be ordered with an entourage of texas toast and two sides ($9.99; $8.49 for a smaller portion). To slake thirst, adults bob for fruit bits in a pitcher ($9.99) or frosted mug ($3.79) of Pit Boss’ homemade sangria, and kids take turns hunting for ghosts of vegetables within the Scooby Doo burger ($4.99).
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.