Where to Get Barbecue in Charlotte: 2022

Options across the area
Charlotte, Nc April 12: Photos From Sweet Lewís Bbq In Charlotte North Carolina On April 16, 2019. Photo By Peter Taylor
Sweet Lew’s smoked chicken with mac and cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. (Right) Smoked beef brisket with pickles, boiled potatoes, and baked beans. Photo by Peter Taylor.

Sweet Lew’s BBQ
923 Belmont Ave.
Sweet Lew’s barbecue is Lexington-style, pork shoulder only, seasoned with only salt and pepper, and smoked for 10 to 12 hours. Add any of an array of sauces—eastern North Carolina vinegar, Lexington-style red dip, South Carolina mustard, even mayonnaise-based Alabama white.

Midwood Smokehouse
Plaza Midwood: 1401 Central Ave.
Park Road: 540 Brandywine Rd.
Ballantyne: 12410 Johnston Rd.
Huntersville: 16710 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.
With North Carolina pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, and dry or sauced ribs, there’s a ’cue for everyone—and traditional sides to pair. 

Mooresville, Nc April 17: Lancastejs Bbq In Mooresville, North Carolina On April 17, 2019. Photo By Peter Taylor

The pork sandwich with house-made chips and vinegar sauce at Lancaster’s. Photo by Peter Taylor.

Lancaster’s BBQ
Huntersville: 9230 Beatties Ford Rd.

Both locations serve eastern-style barbecue that Jeff prepares himself. He rubs pork butts with salt, pepper, and a secret seasoning, then cooks them for 12 to 13 hours on the wood-burning gas smoker. The menu also includes smoked brisket and baby back ribs.


Mac’s Speed Shop
South End: 2511 South Blvd.
Solid barbecue and cold beer (150 choices) in a bike-themed space draw fun-loving crowds, with additional locations in Matthews and Lake Norman. 


The Improper Pig
Rea Farms: 9855 Sandy Rock Pl., Suite A
Fort Mill: 204 Main St., Ste. 102
Head here for eastern-style pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, Korean BBQ salmon, Chaobao tacos, and a “no pig” sandwich for vegetarians. 

Pulled pork, brisket, collard greens, and mac and cheese from Noble Smoke. Photo by Peter Taylor.

Noble Smoke
West Charlotte: 2216 Freedom Dr.
Feast on Carolina-style pork and Texas-style brisket, and grab a drink at the “Legends Counter” with custom plaques for Southern barbecue icons.

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