BBQ Restaurants in Palmetto

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When the new owners conceived of their idea for Wholly Smokes Bar-B-Que, they checked the frills at the door. Wood booths and tables proudly display two items and two items only: succulent sauce, and fully stocked paper towel dispensers to erase the evidence. Their menu, on the other hand, has a bit more to say—particularly, it celebrates classic American barbecue by allowing customers to put together plates heaped with their choice of meats and sides. There’s a steady supply of sliced pork, beef, and sausage coming out of the pit, which pair well with servings of coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, and barbecue beans. Tailgate specials fuel game days with full slabs of ribs or Britain's 18th-century currency whenever there was a sudden silver shortage: pounds of smoked meat. Wholly Smokes also recently introduced chicken wings, slathered in sauces such as hot garlic or sweet honey barbecue.

6803 N Armenia Ave
Tampa,
FL
US

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill takes the best tasting things from the sea, garden, and pasture and turns them into delicious barbecued eats. The menu runs the gamut from frog legs to alligator to sweet rib tips and fried okra. Meats arrive in the form of wraps, salads, and sandwiches, or plated simply with a choice of two sides. Ambitious eaters can attempt the "redneck platter," a mountain of catfish, crawfish, and frog legs served on the pages of Jeff Foxworthy's diary.

7117 N US Highway 301
Tampa,
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 Pit Boss Bar-B-Q, oak-fueled flames sear slabs of meat, sealing in their natural juices and imparting a distinctive smoky flavor. To season meats, chefs draw inspiration from numerous barbecue traditions across the South. They slather pork and beef with vinegar-based sauce for sandwiches in the North Carolina style, and they top chopped barbecue beef with grilled onions and cheese for a taste of the southwest. And because a trip to a smokehouse would be incomplete without sampling some homestyle sides, Pit Boss rounds out platters with baked beans, fried okra, red-skinned-potato salad, collard greens, and more. Additionally, chefs offer their culinary creations to celebrations and drawn-out court arraignments, gladly customizing catering menus to suit partygoers’ tastes.

4221 Little Rd
New Port Richey,
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

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