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February 24, 2022

16 Best BBQ Restaurants in Lancaster

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a delicious, meat-falling-off-the-bone, finger-licking BBQ restaurant in Lancaster!  If that feeling overcomes you, there are some fantastic options across all of Lancaster County.  These Award-Winning BBQ restaurants will have you thinking you took a wrong turn and somehow ended up in one of the BBQ capitals of America!!

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4 Main Regional Styles of BBQ Explained:

You don't need to be an expert to enjoy good BBQ, but it's fun to know a bit about the history and traditions of BBQ cooking as you taste your way across these Lancaster County BBQ Restaurants!

In the United States, there are basically four main types/styles of barbecue.  The distinctive regions that dominate the BBQ scene are Kansas City, Memphis, Carolina, and Texas.  What’s the difference between the techniques, rubs and sauces for these different types of BBQ?  Here’s the explanation of what makes each of these BBQ styles unique and awesome:

Kansas City:  Slow cooked meats rubbed with a sweet seasoning and dripping with a thick sugary sauce.  Brown Sugar is a key ingredient in Kansas City style BBQ.

Memphis:  While you can find beef and chicken on the menu, it’s pork that’s at the center of Memphis Style BBQ.  Pork Ribs (wet or dry) and Pulled Pork Sandwiches topped with creamy coleslaw are stapes of Memphis BBQ.

Carolina:  Carolina Style BBQ is all about slow cooking a whole hog and is one of America’s oldest methods of cooking meat.  The slow cooked pork is seasoned with a “Mop Sauce” unique to Carolina.

Texas:  Texas is known for their “Holy Trinity” of Ribs, Hot Links and Brisket BBQ.  Slow cooked smoked meats are seasoned with Texas-style rubs & coated in Texas-style BBQ sauce for a finger-licking-good experience.


16 Best BBQ Restaurants in Lancaster are:

BBQ plate
Source: Brewster's BBQ Facebook Page

Brewster’s BBQ |  1121 Steinmetz Rd, Ephrata  |  Website



Source: D&K Smokin BBQ Facebook

D&K Smokin BBQ  |  190 Harristown Rd, Paradise  |  Website



Source: Rocky's Facebook Page

Rocky’s BBQ  |  28 N 3rd St, Columbia  |  Website



Source: Belly's Facebook Page

Belly’s BBQ & Burrito  |  5503 Main St, East Petersburg  |  Website


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Source: Rocky Bs

Rocky B’s  |  160 Lancaster Pike, Willow Street  |  Website


BBQ sandwich
Source: Smokehouse BBQ Facebook

Smokehouse BBQ and Brews  |  3121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand  |  Website



Source: Smokestack BBQ facebook

Smokestack BBQ  |  15 W Main St, Strasburg  |  Website


BBQ platter
Source: Harvey's BBQ Facebook page

Harvey’s Main Street BBQ  |  304 E Main St, Mount Joy  |  Website



Source: Divine Swine Facebook page

Divine Swine |  2684 Lebanon Rd, Manheim  |  Website



slow roasted pig
Source: Hess BBQ Facebook page

Hess Barbeque  |  2635 Willow Street Pike N, Willow Street|  Website



Source: Bob's BBQ Facebook Page

Bob’s Barbeque Restaurant | 2481 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster | Website



BBQ From Around the World:

Source: Caribbean Wave Facebook Page

Caribbean Wave Jamaican Jerk Restaurant |  701 E. Chestnut Street, Lancaster  |  Website



chicken platter
Source: Frisco's facebook page

Frisco’s Peruvian Charcoal Chicken  |  454 New Holland Ave, Lancaster  |  Website


flame cooking
Source: Chellas Facebook Page

Chellas Arepa Kitchen  |  1830 Hempstead Rd, Lancaster  |  Website


BBQ Chains that are Still Worthy:

Source: Texas Roadhouse Facebook Page

Texas Roadhouse  |  2317 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster  |  Website


Source: Mission BBQ Facebook Page

Mission BBQ  |  2058 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster  |  Website



We hope this blog helps you find the perfect BBQ Restaurant in Lancaster PA!!  There are certainly a bunch to choose from, so fingers crossed that one of these great places hits the spot.


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