For decades barbeque has been bringing families together around the table for holidays, cookouts and everything in between. Locally, good barbeque in Hampton roads is easy to find with some of the best smoked barbeque in Virginia right here at our doorstep. If tender pulled pork, juicy smoked brisket and fall off the bone ribs are among some of your favorite foods, you’ll love the list we’ve pulled together of the best barbecue in Hampton roads.
Pierce’s Pit, Williamsburg, VA.
447 East Rochambeau, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Notably Virginia’s finest barbeque, Pierce’s pit opened its doors in 1971 and barbeque lovers have been rejoicing ever since. The small family owned restaurant is nationally renowned for its award-winning barbeque and has been featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise for its mouthwatering chicken. Pierce’s is always packed with lines sometimes out the door, but it’s always worth the wait.
Whitner’s, Virginia Beach, VA.
869 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Ste 106 Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
Whitner’s BBQ is in the heart of central Virginia Beach, next to Lynnhaven Mall. The locally owned restaurant has a simple and strong vision, “serve delicious, homemade food while providing excellent customer service,” and they do just that. In 2011 Whitner’s was featured on Dinners, Drive and Dives and host Guy Fieri paid them a visit putting their pit smoked ‘cue on the map. Everything at Whiter’s amazing and made from scratch, including the sauces, sides and rubs.
Small’s Smokehouse+Oyster Bar, Norfolk, VA
2700 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23517
Smalls Smokehouse and Oyster Bar is a modern and fun restaurant located in the heart of Old Dominion University. Small’s is owned by a father and son duo with a passion and love for good food, good drinks and an awesome dining experience with something for everyone. As their website states, “We have tender and mouthwatering whole hogs, pork butts, beef brisket, ribs, chicken, and a slew of other meats that are slow cooked to create a smoky twang and texture that will have you coming back for more. If seafood is more your speed, try our local oysters from the Eastern Shore, hand shucked and served fresh.” Small’s is an awesome local spot and a barbeque favorite since they opened in 2013.
Malbon Brothers, Virginia Beach, VA
1896 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23454
When gas station meets gourmet! Malbon Brothers BBQ is a Hampton Roads staple and their menu is bursting with flavor. The Malbon family has been in the hog business since 1923 which comes through in their popular and delicious meats and sauces. Look for the big pig mural off General Booth Blvd, you’ll know you’re at Malbon Brothers and that amazing barbeque is waiting.
Beach Bully, Virginia Beach, VA
601 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Beach Bully has been the go to barbeque off 19th street since it opened that location in 1997 and has grown over the years into one of the most popular barbeque catering options in Hampton Roads. Known especially for Beach Bully Sandwich, the restaurant has mouthwatering pulled pork, ribs and tuna filets. If you’re headed to the oceanfront, make sure a stop on Beach Bully’s outside deck is part of your day.
Johnson’s Bar-B-Que, Chesapeake, VA
1903 S Military Hwy., Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
Johnsons BBQ located in the heart of Chesapeake is a family favorite. Known specifically for their tender ribs, cash only service and friendly staff, Johnson’s Bar-B-Que is the perfect addition to this list. Customers suggest coming hungry because they don’t short you on portions and getting a combo platter so you can try a few tasty options.
Mason’s Grill & Smokehouse, Suffolk, Va
148 Burnetts Way, Ste. 112, Suffolk, VA 23434
Mason’s is where to go if you’re looking for great food in Suffolk. Located off route 10, Mason’s is known for it’s vast menu items, from slow smoked meats to its smokehouse cheddar curds (a must try for first timers). Mason’s homemade BBQ sauces are cravitely named after different are of Suffolk and it’s full service bar is a perfect compliment to it’s delectable menu.