Cincinnati's Top 10 Barbecue Spots, According to CityBeat Readers

Hungry for some meat that's been smoked, pulled or slathered in barbecue sauce? Look no further than this list to sate your craving. These are Cincinnati’s top 10 places to get barbecue, according to CityBeat readers for our 2021 Best of Cincinnati issue.
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Cincinnati's Top 10 Barbecue Spots, According to CityBeat Readers
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10. Harmon’s BBQ
3481 Valley Plaza Parkway, Fort Wright
Harmon’s BBQ is a family-owned and -operated eatery located in Fort Wright off of Madison Pike. Their meats are smoked on hardwood for 14 hours and sold by the pound, fries are cut by hand, and their sides are made from scratch. Not only is Harmon’s a dine-in restaurant, but it also caters events as well. 
Photo: Facebook.com/HarmonBBQ

10. Harmon’s BBQ

3481 Valley Plaza Parkway, Fort Wright
Harmon’s BBQ is a family-owned and -operated eatery located in Fort Wright off of Madison Pike. Their meats are smoked on hardwood for 14 hours and sold by the pound, fries are cut by hand, and their sides are made from scratch. Not only is Harmon’s a dine-in restaurant, but it also caters events as well.
Photo: Facebook.com/HarmonBBQ
10. Harmon’s BBQ
3481 Valley Plaza Parkway, Fort Wright
Harmon’s BBQ is a family-owned and -operated eatery located in Fort Wright off of Madison Pike. Their meats are smoked on hardwood for 14 hours and sold by the pound, fries are cut by hand, and their sides are made from scratch. Not only is Harmon’s a dine-in restaurant, but it also caters events as well. 
Photo: Facebook.com/HarmonBBQ

10. Harmon’s BBQ

3481 Valley Plaza Parkway, Fort Wright
Harmon’s BBQ is a family-owned and -operated eatery located in Fort Wright off of Madison Pike. Their meats are smoked on hardwood for 14 hours and sold by the pound, fries are cut by hand, and their sides are made from scratch. Not only is Harmon’s a dine-in restaurant, but it also caters events as well.
Photo: Facebook.com/HarmonBBQ
9. Pontiac
1403 Vine St., Over the Rhine
It’s no secret why this local eatery has landed itself on CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati top 10 for barbecue several years in a row. In addition to barbecue, Pontiac serves classic appetizers such as their world-famous smoked wings and fried pickles, along with Southern comfort sides like cheesy grits or baked beans. Sandwiches, like their 14-hour smoked brisket, are served with a bed of creamy coleslaw and house barbecue sauce. With its vintage and eclectic atmosphere, neon signs, and rustic bar, your experience in this Over-the-Rhine restaurant will be one-of-a-kind.
Photo: Facebook.com/PontiacOTR

9. Pontiac

1403 Vine St., Over the Rhine
It’s no secret why this local eatery has landed itself on CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati top 10 for barbecue several years in a row. In addition to barbecue, Pontiac serves classic appetizers such as their world-famous smoked wings and fried pickles, along with Southern comfort sides like cheesy grits or baked beans. Sandwiches, like their 14-hour smoked brisket, are served with a bed of creamy coleslaw and house barbecue sauce. With its vintage and eclectic atmosphere, neon signs, and rustic bar, your experience in this Over-the-Rhine restaurant will be one-of-a-kind.
Photo: Facebook.com/PontiacOTR
9. Pontiac
1403 Vine St., Over the Rhine
It’s no secret why this local eatery has landed itself on CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati top 10 for barbecue several years in a row. In addition to barbecue, Pontiac serves classic appetizers such as their world-famous smoked wings and fried pickles, along with Southern comfort sides like cheesy grits or baked beans. Sandwiches, like their 14-hour smoked brisket, are served with a bed of creamy coleslaw and house barbecue sauce. With its vintage and eclectic atmosphere, neon signs, and rustic bar, your experience in this Over-the-Rhine restaurant will be one-of-a-kind.
Photo: Facebook.com/PontiacOTR

9. Pontiac

1403 Vine St., Over the Rhine
It’s no secret why this local eatery has landed itself on CityBeat’s Best of Cincinnati top 10 for barbecue several years in a row. In addition to barbecue, Pontiac serves classic appetizers such as their world-famous smoked wings and fried pickles, along with Southern comfort sides like cheesy grits or baked beans. Sandwiches, like their 14-hour smoked brisket, are served with a bed of creamy coleslaw and house barbecue sauce. With its vintage and eclectic atmosphere, neon signs, and rustic bar, your experience in this Over-the-Rhine restaurant will be one-of-a-kind.
Photo: Facebook.com/PontiacOTR
8. Midwest Best BBQ
669 Justice Court, Loveland
Before establishing a restaurant in 2009, Midwest Best BBQ started by selling their popular Simply Sweet BBQ sauce. Today, you can find Midwest Best’s restaurant in Loveland, right off of I-275. Midwest Best serves everything from smoked turkey and pulled pork to chopped chicken and brisket, plus ice cream for when that sweet tooth strikes.
Photo: Facebook.com/MidwestBestBBQ

8. Midwest Best BBQ

669 Justice Court, Loveland
Before establishing a restaurant in 2009, Midwest Best BBQ started by selling their popular Simply Sweet BBQ sauce. Today, you can find Midwest Best’s restaurant in Loveland, right off of I-275. Midwest Best serves everything from smoked turkey and pulled pork to chopped chicken and brisket, plus ice cream for when that sweet tooth strikes.
Photo: Facebook.com/MidwestBestBBQ
8. Midwest Best BBQ
669 Justice Court, Loveland
Before establishing a restaurant in 2009, Midwest Best BBQ started by selling their popular Simply Sweet BBQ sauce. Today, you can find Midwest Best’s restaurant in Loveland, right off of I-275. Midwest Best serves everything from smoked turkey and pulled pork to chopped chicken and brisket, plus ice cream for when that sweet tooth strikes.
Photo: Facebook.com/MidwestBestBBQ

8. Midwest Best BBQ

669 Justice Court, Loveland
Before establishing a restaurant in 2009, Midwest Best BBQ started by selling their popular Simply Sweet BBQ sauce. Today, you can find Midwest Best’s restaurant in Loveland, right off of I-275. Midwest Best serves everything from smoked turkey and pulled pork to chopped chicken and brisket, plus ice cream for when that sweet tooth strikes.
Photo: Facebook.com/MidwestBestBBQ
7. Sweets & Meats BBQ
2249 Beechmont Ave., Unit B, Mount Washington
Co-owned and operated by MORTAR grads Kristen Bailey and Anton Gaffney, Sweets & Meats BBQ food truck has become well known in the Cincinnati area since its inception in 2014. Over the years, the business has gained recognition for excellent smoked meats, sides and decadent desserts. The eatery opened a brick-and-mortar in 2017 in Mount Washington, and has two food trucks and full catering service. 
Photo: Facebook.com/SweetsandMeats

7. Sweets & Meats BBQ

2249 Beechmont Ave., Unit B, Mount Washington
Co-owned and operated by MORTAR grads Kristen Bailey and Anton Gaffney, Sweets & Meats BBQ food truck has become well known in the Cincinnati area since its inception in 2014. Over the years, the business has gained recognition for excellent smoked meats, sides and decadent desserts. The eatery opened a brick-and-mortar in 2017 in Mount Washington, and has two food trucks and full catering service.
Photo: Facebook.com/SweetsandMeats
7. Sweets & Meats BBQ
2249 Beechmont Ave., Unit B, Mount Washington
Co-owned and operated by MORTAR grads Kristen Bailey and Anton Gaffney, Sweets & Meats BBQ food truck has become well known in the Cincinnati area since its inception in 2014. Over the years, the business has gained recognition for excellent smoked meats, sides and decadent desserts. The eatery opened a brick-and-mortar in 2017 in Mount Washington, and has two food trucks and full catering service. 
Photo: Facebook.com/SweetsandMeats

7. Sweets & Meats BBQ

2249 Beechmont Ave., Unit B, Mount Washington
Co-owned and operated by MORTAR grads Kristen Bailey and Anton Gaffney, Sweets & Meats BBQ food truck has become well known in the Cincinnati area since its inception in 2014. Over the years, the business has gained recognition for excellent smoked meats, sides and decadent desserts. The eatery opened a brick-and-mortar in 2017 in Mount Washington, and has two food trucks and full catering service.
Photo: Facebook.com/SweetsandMeats
6. Just Q’in
975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Just Q’in started out as a single grill and some spices in South Carolina before opening its first Cincinnati restaurant in Newtown in 2011. Now located in Walnut Hills, the Just Q'in serves freshly cooked and smoked meats along with vegetarian sides. With the slogan "Faith. Love. BBQ.," the company hires individuals that face barriers to employment, including criminal records, homelessness, poverty and addiction. The website also accepts prayer requests.
Photo: Facebook.com/JustQinBBQ

6. Just Q’in

975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
Just Q’in started out as a single grill and some spices in South Carolina before opening its first Cincinnati restaurant in Newtown in 2011. Now located in Walnut Hills, the Just Q'in serves freshly cooked and smoked meats along with vegetarian sides. With the slogan "Faith. Love. BBQ.," the company hires individuals that face barriers to employment, including criminal records, homelessness, poverty and addiction. The website also accepts prayer requests.
Photo: Facebook.com/JustQinBBQ