Carnivores, get ready for something you can really sink your teeth into. There’s no shortage of pit masters and BBQ smokers in the Metro Detroit area, and whether you’re craving beef, pork or chicken, you’ll find what you’re looking for at any of the following establishments:
Bad Brad’s BBQ, with locations in New Baltimore and Shelby Township, cooks everything low and slow—the smokers get fired up at 5 a.m. every day! Order a BBQ Platter and you can choose up to four meats (sliced or chopped brisket, pulled pork or chicken and pork sausage), served with two sides and warm tortillas. If that’s not enough, feel free to add a quarter rack of ribs for an extra $6.
Lazybones Smokehouse, 27475 Groesbeck Hwy., Roseville, is one local BBQ joint where you can grab breakfast, in addition to lunch and dinner. Glazed Donut French Toast with Double Smoked Thick Cut Bacon, anyone? As for entrees, Lazybones Smokin’ Combos, like the Smokehouse Combo (half slab of ribs, half smoked chicken) and Texas Sampler (all the smoked meats they serve), come with two sidekicks and corn bread with honey butter.
Lockhart’s BBQ, 202 E. Third St., Royal Oak, serves a sandwich that sounds a little, uh… dangerous. The Quadruple Bypass sandwich includes an entire pound of meat—pulled pork, smoked bacon, smoked sausage and smoked ham—in addition to your choice of pork sausage or red hot sausage on the side.
The Union Woodshop, 18 S. Main St., Clarkston, has been praised by The Detroit News for having the area’s best pulled pork. Other smoked meats on the menu include Spare Ribs, Back Ribs and Smoked Ribeye. You also have the option of ordering a smoked meat sidecar (pulled pork, brisket, chicken or house-made hot link) for an extra $2.95.
Redsmoke Barbeque, 573 Monroe St., Detroit, prepares all of its meats the same way—with a dry rub and marinade, slowly smoked, then basted and chargrilled. Your entrée choices include Texas Beef Brisket, Apple Smoked Chicken and Carolina Back Ribs.
R.U.B. BBQ Pub, with locations in Ann Arbor and Detroit, has a rib dish called The Detroiter, which includes a full slab of ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, mac n’ cheese and potato wedges. It’s an entrée for one, but sounds to me like it could feed an entire city block.
Slows, 2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, is a Metro Detroit favorite and thus, couldn’t be left off the list. Baby Back Ribs, Carolina Style Pulled Pork and St. Louis Spare Ribs are all popular choices, in addition to the famed mac n’ cheese side dish.
There you have it, Metro Detroiters. Now go get some grub from the best BBQ places in town!