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4 Best BBQ Restaurants in Charlotte, NC

North Carolina is a place where barbeque isn’t a cuisine; it’s a passion. So to narrow down the best is no easy task. Fortunately, the team at your #1 appliance service in Charlotte is always up for a challenge! Here are our top picks for the best BBQ restaurants in Charlotte, from burnt ends to brisket.

 The Best BBQ Restaurants in
Charlotte for BBQ Lovers

Cooking meat low and slow over the right wood is a skill bordering on art. Add a flavorful sauce, and you have something magical. The best BBQ restaurants in Charlotte embody all this with a variety of choices and sides, done to perfection.

#1. Midwood Smokehouse

Midwood Smokehouse is largely considered Charlotte’s best BBQ for all, from locals to tourists. It does everything well, whether it’s smoked pork or pulled chicken, and does so in a large, family-friendly atmosphere. This A+ rating is no surprise, either: the chefs at Midwood attend “brisket school” where they learn how slow-burning hickory wood makes the very best.

Top Menu Item: The burnt ends are meat candy, with a flavorful bark and rich pork flavor. Pair them with hushpuppies and the house-made pickles and you cover every flavor profile from sweet and sour to salty.

Location: 1401 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205  (multiple other locations)
Price Point: $$
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Photo Credit: Midwood Smokehouse

#2. Noble Smoke

To say that barbeque is a labor of love for chef Jim Noble is an understatement. For 25 years he studied barbeque from the Carolinas to Texas and Noble Smoke is the fruit of his labor. Here, over 2,000 square feet of hickory wood smokers churn out wings, pulled pork, beef ribs and brisket that’s some of the best BBQ in Charlotte. Meanwhile, his love of community abounds with his commitment to hiring employees local to his West Charlotte location.

Top Menu Item: Noble Smoke’s beef brisket is what makes it one of the best BBQ restaurants in Charlotte. While the sides are a la carte, don’t leave without trying it with the collard greens. They’re slow-cooked to perfection, making them ultra smooth and smoky.

Location: 2216 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208
Price Point: $$$
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Photo Credit: Noble Smoke

#3. Bill Spoon’s BBQ

Traditional, whole-hog barbeque is labor intensive but it’s what originally defined the Eastern NC style from all the other barbeque regions. Bill Spoon’s BBQ is one of the few that not only commits itself to this technique but does it so well, with some of the best pulled pork in Charlotte. Served on a plate with traditional sides done right and local-style vinegar-based sauces, Bill Spoon’s is everything North Carolina barbeque should be.

Top Menu Item: The pulled pork BBQ plate with mustard-based coleslaw and mac-n-cheese is the best of Eastern North Carolina on a single dish. But save room for the banana pudding because it’s the perfect sweet complement.

Location: 5524 South Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28217
Price Point: $
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Photo Credit: Bill Spoon’s

#4. Sweet Lew’s BBQ

Another take on what makes Eastern NC-style barbeque so great is Sweet Lew’s. Using pork shoulder, smoked for 10-12 hours with only salt and pepper, is classic. But the local peach, pecan and hickory wood that’s used truly defines Eastern North Carolina. With a variety of sauces and traditional sides, Sweet Lew’s serves its cuisine in a setting reminiscent of an old-school BBQ shack. And just like those shacks of yore, they’ll serve you only until the meat runs out.

Top Menu Item: The smoked pork shoulder plate is what Sweet Lew’s does best. This rich cut of meat was carefully tended for 12 straight hours and the dedication shows when it melts in your mouth. Served with cornbread and a choice of two sides, you’ll never go home hungry.

Location: 923 Belmont Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
Price Point: $$
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Photo Credit: Sweet Lew’s via Facebook

In our unbiased opinion, there’s nothing like Carolina barbeque. From the team at Sooo Cool Appliance repair, we hope you enjoy our choices for the best BBQ restaurants in Charlotte!

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