The 25 best barbecue restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp


You know you're overdue for some action if the words “dry-rubbed and smoked low and slow” get you all hot and bothered. Well, keep your clothes on and grab a moist towelette (sorry), because these metro Detroit barbecue joints are doing god's work: filling our stomachs with brisket, pulled pork, and, yes, burnt ends. So, how did we pick these BBQ spots? Well, we didn't — but you Yelp users did! Per the Yelp angels: This is an all-time list of the best barbeque restaurants in the Metro-Detroit area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the barbeque categories, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 9, 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 9, 2021. Oh, and vegans, you'll have to sit this one out because we've got it bad. P.S. Our safe word is “rib tips.”

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25. The Kensington BBQ & Grill 
30712 Lyon Center Dr. E., New Hudson; 248-437-7077;  thekensingtongrill.com 
"So this was a very unexpected surprise .. My wife ended up getting a DoorDash gift card and we decided to order ribs, brisket, and sides from Kensington Grill after a couple of our friends had recommended them from their catered baby shower...All I can say is WOW... BIG HUGE WOW to flavor from a one-off place in Eastern Michigan to slow cook such flavor ... tender ribs... delicious brisket ... with so very VERY good bbq sauces on the side ... it was a meal I thought came straight from Memphis or the heart of Texas ...These guys know flavor, they know heat and how to slow cook ... they know seasoning, and they know sauces … I will be ordering from them again very very frequently :) much recommended !!!!" — Ernesto V. on Yelp
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25. The Kensington BBQ & Grill

30712 Lyon Center Dr. E., New Hudson; 248-437-7077;
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24. Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ 
8050 Main St., Dexter; 734-646-6261;  hotelhickman.com 
"Wow is all you need to say about this place. The staff is fantastic and the food is out of this world.  My wife ordered the brisket sandwich platter with beans and peach cobbler. The brisket was so soft you could rip the sandwich in half with your bare hands. The beans were above average and the cobbler was to die for.  She also joked with the gentleman behind the counter when he came to check on us that it would be perfect with a pickle. He proceeded to head to the cooler and bring out homemade pickles that were to die for. I had the pork sandwich with I-44 loaded mashed potatoes and the apple cobbler. The sandwich was fantastic, the potatoes were the best loaded potatoes I've ever had and the cobbler was fantastic. We will be going back, what an amazing find in an awesome little town." — Christopher M. on Yelp
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24. Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon BBQ

8050 Main St., Dexter; 734-646-6261;
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23. J Bird Smoked Meats 
1978 Cass Lake Rd., Keego Harbor; 248-681-2124;  jbirdsmokedmeats.com 
"Literally the best meal I've had in 2 years. The Nashville hot chicken and all of the sides were spectacular. The attention to detail at this place is ridiculous. Each item is perfectly seasoned. cooked, and plated.  These are pros that actually care about each dish they serve." — Paul D. on Yelp
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23. J Bird Smoked Meats

1978 Cass Lake Rd., Keego Harbor; 248-681-2124;
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22. Club Canton 
39651 Michigan Ave., Canton; 734-722-0722;  kblocksbbq.com 
"This place has the best ribs around, the service is absolutely amazing.  I will go nowhere else to eat ribs. The owner makes sure you're happy and very satisfied. Thanks CLUB CANTON!" — Debra N. on Yelp
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22. Club Canton

39651 Michigan Ave., Canton; 734-722-0722;
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21. Brown Iron Brewhouse 
57695 Van Dyke Rd., Washington Twp.; 586-697-3300;  browniron.com 
"This is the best brewery/tap house in Michigan. Plenty of tap handles and with the constant rotation there is always something new. They get a lot of rare beers here as well. If the excellent beer/wine/cider menu isn't enough to bring you in then the food will do the job. Great BBQ and I really enjoy the taco Tuesday specials. This is a place I have consistently brought my friends that are visiting from out of town and they were very impressed." — Mike S. on Yelp
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21. Brown Iron Brewhouse

57695 Van Dyke Rd., Washington Twp.; 586-697-3300;
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20. K-Block's Fire Pit BBQ 
66880 Van Dyke Rd., Washington; 586-281-6798;  kblocksbbq.com 
"By far the best BBQ in Michigan. This place can seriously compete with Texas or any other BBQ state for that matter. Ribs and brisket are amazing. Super clean and very friendly place." — Frank F. on Yelp
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19. AlJoom's BBQ 
8606 N. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights; 313-769-5100;  getburgershack.com 
"This is one of my favorite places. The food is absolutely phenomenal and the brisket is definitely one in a million. Can't describe only in words how great this place is. Even the people that are there are super kind you need to try this place" — Nadia L. on Yelp
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19. AlJoom's BBQ

8606 N. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights; 313-769-5100;
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18. Victory Smokehouse 
28950 Mound Rd., Warren; 248-671-6328;  victorysmokehouse.com 
"Chris is a true pitmaster. He's actually a magician, what he does with barbecue is magical. This is hands-down the best barbecue in the state of Michigan. I highly recommend it, it's very clear he loves what he does.  The brisket is so moist and so flavorful it requires no sauce. However, the sauces are both excellent as well. The St. Louis and baby back ribs are also amazing. I recommend trying everything, he does no wrong with all of his meats. The mac & cheese is also amazing.  Thank you for a magical meal." — David N. on Yelp
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17. Rogue Estate BBQ 
600 Woodward Hts., Ferndale; 248-721-4878;  iloverebbq.com 
"I just finished eating the incredible Beef Brisket and decided to make a yelp account to send my praise. The brisket is incredibly tender and juicy. The man that owns and runs this food truck told me that he used to be a computer engineer but decided that wasn't the life he wanted and now he serves delicious smoked bbq 3 days a week. That's a business I can get behind... especially when the food tastes great!" — Gary D. on Yelp
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17. Rogue Estate BBQ

600 Woodward Hts., Ferndale; 248-721-4878;
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16. C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill 
1403 S. Commerce Rd., Walled Lake; 248-438-6741;  cayagrill.com 
"Met some coworkers for dinner here and was not surprised - after reviewing what fellow Yelpers have said - everything was stellar at CAYA (come as you are) Smokehouse Grill. The ambience and vibe of the place is really cool, very industrial and modern. I tried the smoked turkey, the beet salad, and fried sweet potatoes.  The smoked turkey was really good and had tons of flavor! Highly recommend it. They have a selection of bbq sauces and the bourbon one, I felt, paired well with the turkey.  The sweet potatoes came with maple syrup and were delicious. The beet salad was also very tasty!  Everything was tasty!" — Angela S. on Yelp
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16. C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill

1403 S. Commerce Rd., Walled Lake; 248-438-6741;
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