I’ll be honest with you. My mouth has been watering ever since we announced the 104.3 WOMC Michigan Rocks BBQ Nationals July 23rd at Heritage Park in Taylor! So it was a no-brainer to go with the Top 10 Barbecue Joints in Metro Detroit this time around. Check out my list and see how it stacks up with your taste buds!
Okay when it comes to barbecue, this ain’t no Dallas. Or Kansas City. Or Memphis. But we do have some pretty tasty possibilities.
My favorite barbecue restaurant is admittedly a chain but it’s a very good one. Famous Dave’s has five locations in Metro Detroit. The one we usually hit is their Novi restaurant. Always great ribs, good service and ample portions. And by the way if you ever need an event catered, I highly recommend these folks.
Number two on my list is Red Smoke Barbecue In Greektown . We discovered this place by accident after playing the one armed bandits just across the street. Good ribs!
Red Hot And Blue BBQ in Sterling Heights does a nice job with ribs. Ditto for Slow’s BBQ in Detroit. The funny thing about Slow’s is that I’ve never actually eaten there. But I’ve been on the receiving end of their catering several times and always with delicious results.
Damon’s has always been a reliable player in the ribs game. They are very much like Tony Roma’s in Florida only with a sportier theme. I miss the one on Ford Road in Canton. Now you have to venture to Ann Arbor to enjoy their baby backs.
Another joint that has done a disappearing act at my favorite location (Farmington Hills) is Boneyard BBQ. Kind of greasy but delicious just the same.
One that absolutely had to be included on my list is TBQ In Windsor. That’s short for Tunnel Barbecue. It’s very close to where the tunnel deposits you upon arrival in the Rose City. It’s great to see the ribs going ’round and ’round on the rotisserie through the window as you park your car and head for the entrance. I must say this is not your traditional barbecue. Not at all. The ribs aren’t smoked, just roasted on the rotisserie. And the BBQ sauce is unlike anything I’ve seen across the country. It’s a tan sauce and comes in mild and hot. I like the hot. I suppose you could get “regular” BBQ sauce there but who would want to? It’s tradition, folks, to get the tan stuff! And buy a couple of extra jars to take home with you. We always do!
One very unassuming BBQ joint is called Lazybones Smokehouse. They have two outlets – Roseville and Clinton Township. It’s the kind of place you probably wouldn’t think about trying but once you do, you’re rewarded with very good southern style Q.
Here’s my list of the Top 10 Barbecue Joints in Metro Detroit. Vote for your favorites and check back frequently to see how your choices are doing!