When you think of dining out in Baltimore, the first thing that may come to mind is seafood, but Baltimore has more to offer with its BBQ. The smell of BBQ can make just about any driver pull over to grab a bite to eat. From wet to dry rub and Southern style – how do you like yours? The Baltimore and surrounding areas are home to some great joints to satisfy your BBQ craving.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 W. Camden St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
John Wesley “Boog” Powell is a former Baltimore Orioles player and opened a BBQ stand in 1993 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Fans scurry to get in line behind the center field bleachers on Eutaw Street. The smells that are circulating through the air from the hickory-smoked beef, pork and turkey pull the hungry in. You can also find Boog’s Barbecue at the All-Star Café on the Oriole Park Club Level. Sometimes, Boog Powell will be there signing autographs and serving food to baseball fans.
Big Bad Wolf’s House of Barbecue
5713 Harford Road
Baltimore, Md. 21214
On your drive up or down Harford Road, this little yellow brick house will catch your eye and tempt you with the smells flooding the street. The menu at Big Bad Wolf’s House of Barbecue features a variety of America’s classic BBQ styles such as Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Kansas City style ribs, Eastern Shore chicken and more. Not only does this spot have a variety of BBQ to eat, but the sauces range from across the states as well.
Chaps Charcoal Restaurant
5801 Pulaski Highway
Baltimore, Md. 21205
Chaps Pit Beef started out as a shack with no phone or electricity. Over the past 25 plus years, it has not only gotten electricity and a phone, but the menu has expanded from beef, ham and sausage to hot dogs, subs, fish platters, pit BBQ and more. Chaps has been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel, plus has won The City Paper’s “Baltimore’s Best.” As you scan the menu, things like the homemade minced BBQ, homemade pork BBQ, combo of two meat sandwiches and more will have you coming back time and time again.
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Andy Nelson’s Barbecue
11007 York Road
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
This BBQ joint may be a bit farther north than the rest, but it is worth the drive and you can’t miss the pig on the roof. Andy Nelson’s Barbecue has been serving mouth-watering ribs, beef, turkey and chicken since 1992. Two of the top winners on the menu are the Memphis-style ribs and pulled-pork ‘que. But you can’t pass up trying one of the Southern-style sides like the smoky collard greens or the baked beans with a kick. The fresh-brewed Southern sweet tea will top off your meal.
Midtown BBQ & Brew
15 E. Centre St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Located in the Mt. Vernon section of Baltimore, Midtown BBQ & Brew serves local and organic, farm-to-table BBQ, burgers, sandwiches, salads and then some. Each original sauce is homemade using a combination of habanero, Thai long hot, jalapeno, serrano and chipotle peppers. Ghost’s Revenge, which is the hottest sauce offered, uses a ghost pepper reduction. The BBQ chicken is first slow-smoked in house and then finished off on the grill. To start off, try the Tony’s Smokehouse Nachos with jalapeños, pulled pork, shredded cheese and your choice of sauce. The main attraction to try with a friend (or two) would be the Nate & Tony’s “Kitchen Sink Platter” with a full rack of ribs, beef BBQ, half a chicken, pulled pork sandwich, smoked sausage, french fries, mac and cheese, cornbread and the homemade sauce sampler.
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