6 Lip-Smacking BBQs Eateries in San Diego

Photography By Kristian-Ryan


Now give your home grill a break. Rev up your car and travel all over the county for ribs sausages and brisket smoked by San Diego's top-notch pit masters of BBQs.

Continue reading below the seven sure-fire places for lip-smacking tastes.

  1. Wood Ranch Barbecue   

Barbecue goes mainstream with this southeast chain expert in wood-grilled dinners. However, mainstream does not always mean bad. This chain has been honored a number of esteemed awards for their cuisine, a testimony to masters Eric Anders and Ofer Shemtov's devotion to high quality barbeque fillets that attracts long lines of crowds during dinner and lunch.

  1. Iron Pig Ale House

This Arizona style barbecue meets the sand and surf as a Pacific Beach eatery. A mixture of hickory and oak blended with a long time of smoking transforms ribs, brisket, chicken and pork into melt-in-your-mouth grilling. It does not hurt that this eatery also serves more than 12 brewskies on the faucet for the craft-brew public.

  1. The Whole Hog

In lieu of focusing on one type of Barbecue, this small North Park joint offers southern variations especially Kansas City fantastic pork-centric entrees. Prolonged smoking process with dry rubs coupled with their house made Carolina barbecue gravy is one of many scrumptious reasons why they frequently sell out early.

  1. Coop’s West TX Grilling

Wistful Texans can’t find any wrongdoing with the delicious beef brisket at this traditional "lemon" Grove spot. With big smoke clouds, juicy and pull-apart meats, the brisket is on the top in a menu that also includes chicken spareribs, rib tips, pulled pork and pig. This well-known and always-bustling restaurant closes when they sell out.

Phil’s BBQ is a well-known establishment in North Park since they started their original restaurant in Mission Hills. Now, this Barbecue empire started its several points in Santee, Loma, airport and San Marcos - all points have ever-present long lines of a crowd. Every little thing from the steak to the boneless poultry pieces gets slathered in their special spicy-sweet Barbecue sauce.

  1. Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ

Having odors of cooking and smoke meat wafting throughout and smokers in full view in the kitchen area, Bull's Smokin’ is the best thing for an alfresco meal. You will find it in the Linda Vista neighborhood. They offer Texas-style barbecue with home style food. Smoked ground beef kebabs and pork steak, brisket and chicken are featured by a couple of kinds of sauces - original and sweet - all are made in-house.

  1. Lil Piggy’s Bar-B-Q

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Crowds of people follow the odor of smoked beef to the Coronado landing exactly where Memphis-style grilling rules the BBQ. The home-southern-fashion is most clearly felt in the steak, which is smoked in a dry-rub blend and further emphasized with the in-house fairly sweet yet kicky bbq sauces.