Looking to sample the best barbecue around town?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top barbecue outlets in Orlando, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.
1. Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa
Topping the list is Pig Floyd's Urban Barbakoa. Located at 1326 N. Mills Ave., the Park Lake-Highland eatery is the most popular barbecue spot in Orlando, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,645 reviews on Yelp.
The Orlando Sentinel calls Pig Floyd's, which has a sister location in Lake Nona, "the cool kids' answer to straightforward Southern barbecue." Its menu takes barbecue for a global spin, with pulled pork, brisket and chicken available in formats ranging from "plain Jane" to banh mis and tacos, including a Korean "Kimcheeze" variation that puts chicken together with kimchee and pepper jack cheese. There are also ribs and tofu.
Yelper Ashley B. called it "finger-licking-good barbecue with a modern twist."
2. Izziban Sushi and Korean BBQ
Next up is Izziban Sushi And Korean BBQ, situated at 5310 E. Colonial Drive. With four stars out of 667 reviews on Yelp, the sushi bar and Korean spot, serving barbecue and more, has proven to be a local favorite.
Izziban serves its barbecue Korean style, which means guests can select from a variety of meats, both marinated and not, to be cooked to their liking on a built-in grill right at their table. A variety of Korean side dishes, or banchan, is part of the all-you-can-eat meal.
Yelper Jimmy W. wrote, "Put on your stretchy pants. This place is for food lovers! You don't have to overeat, but the food is so good, it just happens."
3. 4 Rivers Smokehouse
4 Rivers Smokehouse, located at 1600 W. Fairbanks Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the smokehouse 4.5 stars out of 1,037 reviews.
Marking 10 years in business, 4 Rivers keeps customers coming back for its variety of barbecue, including pulled pork, pulled chicken, brisket, sausage, turkey, burnt ends, and, of course, ribs. The signature offering: overstuffed "Stacker" barbecue sandwiches in a variety of styles. There are also vegetarian offerings.
Yelper Jessica B. wrote, "So, so, so good. The burnt ends are out of this world and the sweet potato casserole is beyond compare."
4. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Finally, there's Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, a local favorite with four stars out of 399 reviews. Stop by 7858 Turkey Lake Road, Suite 100, to hit up the Japanese spot, which offers barbecue and more, next time you're in the mood.
Part of an international chain, Gyu-Kaku provides diners a table with a built-in charcoal grill where they can grill a variety of marinated meats to their preferred level of doneness. The house specialties are Harami skirt steak in miso marinade and Angus kalbi short rib in tare sweet soy marinade. And don't forget the green tea ice cream.
Yelper Mark E. wrote, "We loved it. The marinade on the meat was so good. Portions were perfect. Lunch price is amazing."