Think barbecue and you may picture a blistering July day, grilling in the backyard with family and friends. There’s nothing like a summer barbecue, but I won’t be waiting for mid 60 degree temps to enjoy some grilled or smoked grub.
With an abundance of barbecue joints in southeast Michigan, there are plenty of places to grab a plate of barbecue ribs when a craving hits. Devour them at the following restaurants:
Located in Clarkston, the restaurant has both Spare Ribs (Kansas City cut, rubbed and smoked) and Back Ribs (unpeeled and smoked) on the menu. Both are served with your choice of two sides and a corn muffin.
There are more than a half dozen barbecue sauces to slather your ribs in, all named after various cities. Raleigh, North Carolina is vinegar based, tangy and spicy, while the Hell, Michigan sauce is packed with five hot peppers (including ghost peppers!) and Michigan maple syrup.
Greektown’s Redsmoke Barbecue offers plenty of pit entrees, including Carolina Back Ribs and St. Louis Spare Ribs, both smoked over hickory wood and chargrilled. Also try the Back Rib or Spare Rib Combo, served with four bones and your choice of smoked meat (brisket, pulled pork, apple smoked chicken or homemade Andouille sausage).
Don’t forget the homemade sauces! Michigan Cherry Molasses, Memphis Mudd and Honey Mustard are just a few of choices.
St. Louis spare ribs are smoked low and slow daily at this Clawson restaurant. Paired with sides like BBQ Mac, Roadside Pit Beans and cornbread, you’ve got yourself a mouthwatering meal.
If you’re there for lunch, order the Classic BBQ lunch: your choice of meat including a third rack of ribs, served with one side and a drink for just $10.
The quintessential barbecue joint of downtown Detroit, you’ll find Slows in Corktown, along with Slows to Go in Midtown and inside of Ford Field. You can’t go wrong with the award winning Baby Back Ribs (dry rubbed with 13 spices), or St. Louis Spareribs.
You can order by the half slab or full slab, and both are served with two sides.
Additional restaurants with great barbecue ribs include Zeke’s Rock ‘n’ Roll BBQ (Ferndale), The BoneYard Bar-B-Q Grille (multiple locations), Lazybones Smokehouse (Roseville), Auggie’s Smokehouse (Macomb), Bad Brad’s BBQ (multiple locations) and Little Z’s BBQ (St. Clair Shores).
Grab a bib and get ready to chow!