What’s better than barbecue? Juicy, savory, saucy goodness! From brisket to ribs and pulled pork to chicken wings, it’s one of the heartiest and satisfying meals you can have. Indiana is home to some authentic barbecue options that will keep you coming back for more. Here are the 10 best finger-licking good barbecue joints in Indiana!
For the best barbecue in Kokomo, be sure to visit Hawg Heaven! Located on the corner of South Webster and Boulevard, their motto is “Once you try it, you will be back.” Their Cuban sandwiches are moist, juicy, and piled high with ham, cheese, pickles, and mustard served on Hawg Heaven’s own Panini bread. The ribs are tender and delicious, and Hawg Heaven even has some unusual side items as well that one would not expect to find at a barbecue joint, such as cottage cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches.
In business since 2004, Hickory Hills Barbeque in southern Edinburgh, Indiana, is the perfect to stop along US 31 if you are craving barbecue. Though the location may be small, Hickory Hills is southern Indiana food at its finest. It’s a hole in the wall kind of place but the food is amazing. Everyone from owners to wait staff are examples of true southern hospitality. The Cajun slaw is incredible, and they have some of the best brisket. The portions are generous and you’ll most likely want a take-out bag!
Bombers BBQ is a fairly new place in Munster, Indiana. Open since 2013, Bombers BBQ prides themselves in their low and slow smoke process and sides. Not only do they offer the traditional barbecue items such as ribs and brisket, they also offer items such as lake perch, shrimp, and chicken. There are six different buns to choose from and a unique selection of appetizers, such as fried pickles, bacon jalapeno bombs, Mississippi won tons, alligator eggs, and even calamari.
Big Hoffa’s in Westfield, Indiana, is all about high standards of excellence, from the atmosphere of Big Hoffa’s to the food and to the service. Owner and founder Adam Hoffman strives for perfection when it comes to creating delicious, one of a kind barbecue recipes. What makes Big Hoffa’s unique is its pirate-style menu and pirate themed selections. Try the Captain pulled chicken or the El Segundo. The Davey Jones is creamy macaroni and cheese topped with chicken and ranch dressing (homemade buttermilk to be exact). No matter what you choose at Big Hoffa’s, it’s all delicious!
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Jefferson St. BBQ is in the small town of Converse, Indiana. Open since 2012, owner and chef Lindsay Dingman Sheffield focuses on the local mindset. Everything is local, whether it’s chicken, strawberries and pumpkins, tomatoes and other vegetation. It’s farm to table here at Jefferson St. BBQ! Be sure to try their Delaney Nachos or the delicious jalapeno cornbread muffins. If you’re wanting something a bit healthier to go with your ribs and brisket, try the Farmer’s Salad!
Shawn’s Southern BBQ is named after founder Shawn Pitts who found while traveling that barbecue was always the food of choice no matter where he found himself. Though having been open only three years, Shawn’s Southern BBQ has already made a name for itself and earned the title of “Best BBQ in Indiana.” Try a delicious combo meal with a bag of chips of your choice, or order your meat by the pound instead with three fresh buns included!
From delicious slow smoked beef brisket, chopped pork, and chicken wings, everything at Bo Doogie’s BBQ in Auburn, Indiana, is enough to make your mouth water! The brisket burnt ends and rib tips come highly recommended, as are the baked beans and mac and cheese! Traditional Southern comfort is Bo Doogie’s specialty!
Down home Southern cooking is B3Q Barbeque. The recipes have been passed down through several generations with strong roots in the south. B3Q has a down home, small town feel to it and the food is excellent, as is the service. The ribs are fall off the bone tender, and the baked potato salad tastes like your grandmother made it. No matter what you choose, there is always something delicious at B3Q!
After spending a day up at the Dunes in northern Chesterton, Indiana, be sure to stop at Smokey’s Southern Barbeque. It’s a roadside smokehouse and offers a variety of delicious, mouth-watering barbecue and desserts. Everything is homemade, all the time, every day. Be sure to try a bowl of their homemade chili and soup with a signature beef brisket sandwich!
Rip’s Family BBQ is barbeque done right. Using a mixture of apple wood and hickory, Rip’s BBQ has a sweet but tangy flavor. Their side selections are made from scratch daily, including the mac and cheese which requires over 12 cups of cheese! Be sure to try the grilled chicken sandwich or a delicious sample platter if you can’t decide and includes pork, chicken, and brisket with your choice of sauce!