18 Virginia BBQ Joints You’re Going to LOVE

by Casey Higgins | Posted: May 31, 2013 | Updated: Jun 27, 2017

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We’re always on the hunt for the best of Virginia – everything from hikes and drives to wines and eats. The list that follows includes 18 great BBQ joints for those who travel with their taste buds.

Note that these are not ranked, but they are recommended by locals and we invite you to leave a comment below to give a shout-out to your favorite.


1. In Virginia’s motorsports hotbed sits the family owned and operated Checkered Pig Barbecue. You might have seen this Martinsville gem on Food Network, the, or Versus, or tasted their award-winning ribs and sauces at a festival. No? Consider this the drop of the green flag for you to put your pedal to the metal.

Saucy's Walk-Up BBQ

Saucy’s Walk-Up BBQ

2. Saucy’s Walk-Up BBQ is a deceptive delight. A converted shipping container sits on the corner of 5th and Bollingbrook Streets in Petersburg. It’s there that you’ll literally walk up and order some of the most delicious homemade barbecue pork, chicken and ribs in Virginia. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Southern Living found it to be noteworthy, so …

3. Hailed as the best pulled pork, chicken, ribs and brisket in the New River Valley, Due South BBQ in Christiansburg is indeed an award-winning establishment with quite a few first place claims to fame. Don’t miss out on their Tuesday night all-you-can-eat deal or their Wednesday night “kids eat free” opportunity.

4. The Northern Virginia and Washington, DC crowds LOVE Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company with their Alexandria and Arlington locations. Rocklands uses red oak and hickory to smoke their meats – a little cooking strategy that has garnered them “Best of DC” acknowledgements five years in a row.

5. If St. Louis style ribs and Memphis style BBQ are your weakness, The Galax Smokehouse in Galax is the place to be. In fact, everyone wants to be there. It didn’t take long after its 2003 opening for this BBQ joint to become a magnet for locals and tourists alike. When you’re good, you’re good.BBQ Exchange

BBQ Exchange

6. Old-school, slow-cooked, open-flame barbecue-you’re-going-to-LOVE comes from BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville. The Hartman’s have spent more than 30 years perfecting their hickory-smoked pork and chicken. You’re in for an amazing treat when you look up this whitewashed gem in Orange County.

7. Smitty’s Better Burger – An authentic 1950’s drive-in and Hampton Landmark.

8. Dixie Bones – Named one of the Top 100 Restaurants by Washingtonian Magazine. Woodbridge and Fredericksburg.


Buzz and Ned's Real Barbecue

Buzz and Ned’s Real Barbecue

10. Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue – Man v. Food and Throwdown with Bobby Flay have embraced Buz and Ned’s in Richmond.

11. Monk’s BBQ – Have a little Corcoran craft brew or wine with your southern-style barbecue in Purcellville.

12. Q Barbeque – “So good it won barbecue competitions across the country.” We’ll take that as good. Find it in Midlothian.

13. Pierce’s PITT Bar-B-Que   – Pierce’s hickory-smoked, Tennessee-style Bar-B-Que made with “Doc” Pierce’s Original Bar-B-Que Sauce brings you the flavor and taste that’s a true American original. Located in Williamsburg.

14. The Barbeque Grill – “Ribs must be served fresh from the smoker,” is the philosophy of this Vinton joint, so come get a fresh, hot rack Fridays after 5.

15. Allman’s BBQ in Fredericksburg – Serving BBQ since 1954 in Fredericksburg. Vicki says “I have never found any better than Mama’s pulled barbeque – as well as her slaw – yum! and the sauce – oh my!”

16. Alamo BBQ – Alamo in Richmond specializes in authentic Texas style BBQ, including an award winning beef brisket. Southwest influenced. Try the jalapeno mac-n-cheese!

17. Extra Billy’s Smokehouse – Great barbecue spot in Richmond with an on site brewery!

18. The Fishin’ PigFarmville’s fusion of great seafood and great barbecue is wrapped into one. Eat like a pig and drink like a fish!


Go ahead and start your food tour this weekend.


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Pete says:

Alamo BBQ in Church Hill (Richmond) blows all these outta the water

Shanski says:

The other weekend I was at a wedding that was catered by Ace Biscuit and Barbecue in Charlottesville. Seriously, the best spread I’ve had in a while.

BBQ Lover says:

You left out Willards BBQ in Chantilly.

alida ault says:

There used to be a Mr. B’s BBQ outside of Front Royal (White Post) a little off of rt 50, we stopped there recently and it changed hands…not so good now… i wonder where Mr. B went?

Mary says:

Mr. B’s moved down the road a bit. It’s just outside of Berryville.

Mark P says:

I been to a few of the places you listed. The best IMHO is ALLMAN’S in Fredericksburg VA

michael M says:

I read this and it is amazing that you all didnt get to the east of VA!
YOU forgot DOUMAR’S in Norfolk and Pierce’s in near Williamsburg!

Willie says:

Pierce’s has gone downhill over the years. And Doumar’s has always been wretched. In Virginia Beach there are two awesome places: Malbon Brothers on General Booth and Whitner’s off of Lynnhaven Pkwy.

anon says:

Excuse me, but where is Pierce’s Pitt BBQ on that list!?

People used to literally drive off I-64 to get to that place. It’s been served to presidents and governors. Or what about Doumars–you know, known for inventing the ice cream cone. Sheesh, do some research

anon says:

it’s #15, way to pay attention!

Chrystal says:

BBQ Exchange is our favorite. We don’t live close so it’s only when we are on the bike that we stop or for some reason are in the area. I wore my BBQ Exchange t-shirt into Q’s at Virginia Center Commons and the guy called me out for it. Oh well.

Chrystal, You rock!! wear your shirt next time you come to The BBQ Exchange and I will hook you up!! Guess what, when someone wears any BBQ shirt to our spot , we buy them dessert!!

Matt says:

A shame that Smokin’ Pig has been out of usiness for over a year, now. In its place is a new one called Jon Boyz BBQ Shack.

Joseph Head says:

So who set this up, try Crazy Cajun in King George,Va. SOme of the finest NC Style BBQ and Ribs in the area. Located right on Rt 301 with the big pig named Dixie right out front. We serve NC BBQ, Ribs and smoked Chicken. Also we do traditional Cajun Food.

Amber says:

Shameless self-promotion.