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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I grew up eating allmans in the 70’s and 80’s. It was the bomb. But it is just horrible now. Zero taste. Boiled tasting meat, zero smoke, no salt. I can’t believe anyone could say it was any good. Even drowning in sauce, barely edible.


Benny’s in Richmond and Carter’s in Mechanicsville are too good to not be on the list.


You missed it by leaving off TRIPLE CROWN BBQ in Luray Va. Awesome road side shack!


Due South BBQ in Christiansburg, VA…..awesome


Cowling’s BBQ in Waverly is awesome! I can’t believe it didn’t make your list.


Smoke in Newport News is great!


Alamo is far and away better than the competition in RVA, I’ve been a Tex fanatic since he was selling BBQ out of his station wagon on Southside. In NoVA, Sibby’s in Warreton has brisket so good we had them cater our wedding.

John Otroba

If Willard’s in Chantilly is not mentioned then the list is not worth reading. Have been to many of the BBQ places on the list. Willard’s sides are fantastic not to mention the brisket, ribs. And pulled pork. Beats places like Pierce’s and Dixie Pig hands down – plus their prices are very good.


What he said.


Absolutely agree with John. Willard’s is great. You cannot beat this BBQ, sides and prices. And, I would not ever include Monk’s in Purcellville; how on God’s green earth did this one get mentioned?


The Lick BBQ served at The Village Grill in Roanoke, VA. Fantastic smoked BBQ and award winning.

Royal Stanley

The Checkered Pig is great but there is also the Dixie Pig BBQ in Martinsville that, in my opinion, is just as good. Have to go during off hours as lunch and supper they are packed.


You got that right!!!