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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County Grill in Yorktown!

Reb Richardson

I’ll add another vote for Dixie Bones on Occoquan Road in Woodbridge, though it’s crowded enough as it is. We just go during off-peak-hours.


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Mark Bravura

Rocklands is awful. Horrendous. Calling it barbeque is an insult to barbeque. I don’t think I’ve ever left a restaurant more angry in my life. I lived in Memphis for years. I’ve had barbeque all across the country. Rocklands is by far, without a doubt the dirt worst.


I Don’t know if it’s the worst, but I won’t be going back either. Not impressed at all.

Lorrie Watson

The Fishin’ Pig rocks! The brisket, collards fish tacos and Mac’ n Cheese are second to none!


LOVE LOVE LOVE The Fishin’ Pig……it is the best!!!!!


Two drummers in Lanexa beats all, hands down the best pork and sides I have ever had.


Checkered Pig is in Danville, VA, not Martinsville. Martinsville has Pigs R Us, which is run by the same people. Due South has great sides, but otherwise it’s not very good. I’ve never had more char and fat on a sandwich than I have there consistently. It’s the “best in the NRV” b/c it’s pretry much the ONLY bbq place in the NRV.

Checkered Pig is both in Danville and in Martinsville. With, Martinsville being their original location. Checkered Pig was their competition name. Long story short Pigs R Us was the original stores name at first. But both locations are Checkered Pig but many still call it Pigs R Us. They have worked hard to earn this following with their amazing BBQ and service. They travel all over the country competing and winning big competitions with their famous awarding winning Q. They are a standard that I hold as what other BBQ establishments should be. Everyone has a favorite but with the… Read more »
Royal Stanley

The Checkered Pig is in Martinsville on Rt 108, owned by the same people.


Bubba and Franks – Route 17 Carrollton, VA! Fantastic BBQ, hand cut fries, and the first and most scrumptious BBQ burrito I have ever had! Have to force myself from going back more than 1x a week for those babies! Sides are yummy too!

Valarie Holt

Bubba and Franks! Route 17 Carrollton, VA. Still fabulous! The half bbq chicken is to die for! The sides are all delicious, but crazy about the cole slaw and fresh cut fries!


What about the Pig and Steak in Madison, VA?