May is National Barbecue Month, and we’re fired up to guide you through the best barbecue joints in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. From smoky ribs to succulent pulled pork, each local establishment brings its own unique flare to classic barbecue traditions. Follow along as we uncover the local spots that make our city a true haven for barbecue enthusiasts.

If you find yourself wondering, “Where can I find the best barbecue in Tallahassee?”, look no further! We’ve explored the local scene to bring you a comprehensive list of the top barbecue spots around town. From smoky ribs to perfectly pulled pork, our guide ensures you’ll know exactly where to go for your barbecue fix.

  • Summers Smokehouse – “We went to Summers Smokehouse today for lunch. The food was delicious, fresh, and fast! We met Nate, one of the owners, who runs the restaurant with his wife and father. I had the fried shrimp and my husband had the lunch special of pulled pork sandwich. They also have live music and bingo on certain nights. Go give them a try – you won’t be disappointed!”, Marcy Hajdukiewicz
  • Hammaknockers – located in nearby Crawfordville, “BBQ pulled pork sandwich with lots of gold sauce, my go to almost every time coming back from St. George Island.”, Zach Santos
  • Smokin’ Lo’s BBQ – Look for the green truck located on West Tharpe Street! “Long standing favorite, sights from Black-owned Bbq joint, Smokin Lo’s BBQ. While Lo serves smoked chicken, fried fish and more, pictured is the Rib Dinner –ribs, two sides and bread, all for under $12. Great cut of meat, fall off the bone, just enough fat to naturally baste without being overbearing, perfect smoke and always served with a smile.”, Christa Hudson
  • Chuckwagon BBQ – “Another hidden BBQ to try out. Chuck Wagon in Havana. It is located behind the gas station off of Mays Nursery Rd. We love the daily special of pulled pork sandwich (which is loaded with meat), a side and drink. Today, I tried their cowboy loaded potato. Omg! Huge! It will feed two people. A must try out BBQ roadside grill.”, Cathy Wolf

We took a poll in our Facebook Group to find your favorite local restaurants serving delicious barbecue in Tallahassee and surrounding areas. Please also see our other fun roundups of Tallahassee local favorites.


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