BBQ Restaurants in Santa Clara

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Michelin praises the authentic recipes, but diners will appreciate how Jang Su Jang seems to have something for everyone. Request a grill-topped table to cook your own short ribs or brisket, or sit back and enjoy the kitchen’s take on braised fish and jumbo dumplings.

3561 El Camino Real
Santa Clara,
CA
US

Before he opened the Smoking Pig BBQ restaurant in downtown San Jose in 2011, Paul Reddick worked as a semiconductor sales manager. Eventually, though, life led him to southeastern barbeque. It's a good thing it did because the Smoking Pig is incredible. Try a uniquely-named appetizer like the Chicken Lollipops, Redneck Sundae, and Potato Grenade. Settle on ribs covered with secret sauce and smoked for 4 to 6 hours or beef brisket rubbed with a top secret brisket rub and smoked for over half a day. Pulled pork is pork shoulder roast that is smoked until it literally falls off the bone. It’s then hand-pulled for sandwiches and multi-meat combos. Desserts are chef’s choice each day. And what would good food be without music? Check the Smoking Pig website for its schedule of live music. Open seven days a week.

1144 N 4th St
San Jose,
CA
US

At Rib-licious, barbecue connoisseurs work tirelessly behind veils of smoke to outfit fresh cuts with savory dry rubs before slow-cooking them to juicy perfection. Anchoring the diverse menu, customizable combo meals treat diners to one of five meaty masterworks. Signature Rib-licious ribs join forces with the customer's choice of brisket, chicken, or a hot link to form a succulent tag team, which forcibly suplexes hunger and deems someone a nonvegetarian with each smoky bite. Alongside protein-packed main acts, classic southern sides arrive in the form of macaroni salad, baked beans, coleslaw, and corn on the cob. Garlic bread accompanies each meaty dish, and homemade barbecue sauce lends an extra dose of flair to bites and full-body bibs.

1969 Tully Rd
San Jose,
CA
US

In case you were wondering, you read that right: it’s Hawaiian, and it’s barbeque. And, it is delicious! Eddie Flores Jr., one of the two founders of L & L Hawaiian Barbeque, came up with the term to describe the fusion of a traditional American dish, barbeque, with the unique Hawaiian flavors from America’s favorite vacation state. L & L became a franchise in 1988 when they expanded their one location all over Hawaii and in 1999, to the delight of those who already knew about Hawaiian barbeque, they expanded onto the mainland. One of the things that set L &L Hawaiian Barbeque apart from other restaurants, beyond their neat fusion of foods, is what you get for your money. Eddie and Johnson (the other founder) serve up traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, which include a serving of macaroni salad, a really big serving of the desired entrée and two servings of rice in addition to a drink. There’s a mini version—that IS a lot to eat—and there’s also burgers, a fun noodle bowl, and so much more! L & L may not be good if you don’t like barbeque or Hawaiian, but if you don’t know how you feel about the combo and you do like delicious, give them a go! You probably won’t be disappointed.

579 Coleman Ave
San Jose,
CA
US

In a neighborhood known for its diverse residential architecture, it makes sense that one of the most beloved taverns looks more like a house than a bar. And to many, it's always felt like home: the historic building originally served as boarding for Italian immigrants, and in its current state, it has adopted a crowd of sports-loving regulars who come out for Sharks Nights and 49ers games.

As early as 9:30 a.m. on football Sundays, Henry's opens its double front doors so people can gather at the gleaming wood bar, in one of the dining rooms, or if they've violated a schoolmarm's rules, facing a corner. There's breakfast in the morning, but the restaurant is most known for its barbecue. Entrees range from teriyaki chicken to 20-ounce porterhouses and come paired with a baked potato and garlic bread. The food has built such a reputation over the past 50 years that it's attracted special guests such as Jimmy Fallon and Man v. Food's Adam Richman.

301 W Saint John St.
San Jose,
CA
US

Hankering after Asian food, but want something different and completely unique that is outrageously new and exciting to your taste buds? Why not go off the Asian cuisine grid and try authentic, delicious Filipino food from a family owned restaurant at Pinoy Lechon BBQ and Grill in San Jose? Sample their traditional and ample plates of lechon, a whole sized, succulent roast pig over sizzling charcoals, kabobs, menudo, American BBQ, and their very classic Filipino dish of pork or chicken adobo. Come taste their distinctive Filipino culture that is blended with a strong Spanish influence. Spread the joy with their private banquets and party trays available on Saturdays. Try this lesser-known, delicious cuisine, and before you know it you'll be back again.

2011 Tully Rd
San Jose,
CA
US