Craving barbecue? Here are the 5 best spots in Charlotte

Craving barbecue? Here are the 5 best spots in Charlotte
Seoul Food Meat Company. | Photo: Ying L./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 11, 2018.

Looking to sample the best barbecue around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top barbecue sources in Charlotte, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to satisfy your cravings.

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1. Seoul Food Meat Company

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Topping the list is Seoul Food Meat Company, which unites Korean flavors with Southern-style barbecue fare. Located at 1400 S. Church St., Suite A, in downtown Charlotte, the fusion eatery is the highest-rated barbecue joint in Charlotte, boasting four stars out of 804 reviews on Yelp. 

Look for tacos stuffed with kimchi pork, fat brisket bulgogi, pulled pork and fried fish. Protein options like crispy pork belly, hickory pulled pork, soy pork spare ribs and more are also available. Round out your meal with sides such as kimchi mayo slaw, pimento corn cheese and bao buns. 

2. McKoy's Smokehouse & Saloon

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Next up is McKoy's Smokehouse & Saloon, situated at 4630 Old Pineville Road. With four stars out of 553 reviews on Yelp, the Southern spot, which offers barbecue and chicken wings, has proven to be a local favorite.

Check out the eatery's signature barbecue sandwich, made with pulled pork smoked in-house over pecan wood and topped with crisp coleslaw, or the pit-smoked pot roast. (Find the full menu here.)

3. Let's Meat

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Let's Meat, located at 1400 S. Church St., Suite B, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Korean spot, which offers barbecue and more, 4.5 stars out of 137 reviews.

The restaurant comes from the owners of next-door eatery Seoul Food Meat Company. Expect all-you-can-eat barbecue, where you cook your meat and vegetable selections at the tabletop stove. Offerings range from fatty beef brisket and red pepper pork belly to king oyster mushrooms and corn cheese.

4. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q

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Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q, a Southern chain that offers barbecue, sandwiches and more, is another go-to, with four stars out of 307 Yelp reviews. 

Check out barbecue plates served with two scratch-made trimmings and your choice of the following sauces: original barbecue, Carolina barbecue and Morgan County white. Head over to 13840 Steele Creek Road to try it for yourself.

5. Midwood Smokehouse

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Then there's Midwood Smokehouse, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 94 reviews on Yelp.

On the menu, appetizers include bacon-wrapped jalapeños and pimento cheese fries. For your main meal, try the Texas-style brisket sandwich, the Carolina pork barbecue plate or the hickory-smoked salmon. Pair your fare with sides like creamed corn, collard greens, mac and cheese, barbecue baked beans and coleslaw. You can find the smokehouse and bar at 540 Brandywine Road.