10 Excellent BBQ Restaurants in WNY

Suzy Q's BBQ

Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que / Step Out Buffalo

Summertime in Western New York means maximizing every drop of sunshine. One way to do that is to bust open the grill, throw on some meat and get to the delicious business of barbecuing. If you’re short on time or ambition, however, take advantage of the many places in the area serving up some of the very best barbecue.

Some of the spots on this list are well known, like Fat Bob’s, and others are more hidden gems type places, such as Wild Bill Hickory BBQ. Each is deserving in its own right. Many feature patios, where you can soak in the summertime while enjoying savory, lick-your-fingers-it’s-so-good barbecue.

Maybe you take this list and do a barbecue crawl. Maybe you just find one new place that becomes a favorite. Either way, we hope you get out and enjoy the best barbecue that Buffalo has to offer!


fat bobs smokehouse

Memphis Pulled Pork Sandwich at Fat Bob’s / Step Out Buffalo

1. Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

41 Virginia Place, Buffalo

716-887-2971 / fatbobs.com

This Allentown District restaurant cooks its meat in a custom-built Texas smoker. Everything on the menu is made from scratch.


2. Wild Bill Hickory BBQ

9840 County Road, Clarence Center

716-908-5263 / facebook.com/wildbillhickoryBB

Don’t expect fine dining here (It’s literally a trailer with some picnic tables), but do expect some of the best beef brisket you’ve ever tasted in this area.


3. One-Eyed Jacks Smokehouse Grill

5983 South Transit Road, Lockport

716-438-5414 / oneeyedjacksbbq.com

The atmosphere is down-home and barbecue fall-off-the bone tender at this popular Lockport eatery.


4. Smoke on the Water

77 Young St., Tonawanda

716-692-4227 / sotw77.com

This boat-accessible restaurant on Elliott Creek serves delicious barbecue and other southern comfort food with a twist.


5. BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue

5007 Lake Ave., Blasdell

716-824-7455 / bwbbq.com  

This Southtowns restaurant is known for its big portions and great barbecue. It does a robust, and well-known, catering business, too.


6. Brickyard Pub & BBQ

432 Center St., Lewiston

716-754-7227 / brickyardpub.com

This Village of Lewiston spot is known for its melt-in-the-mouth brisket, along with its smoked wings. The service and ambiance are both top-notch, too.



Dinosaur BBQ / Step Out Buffalo

7. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

301 Franklin St., Buffalo

716-880-1677 / dinosaurbarbque.com

This eatery in the heart of downtown serves up delicious barbecue and equally yummy sides.


Suzy Q's BBQ

Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que / Step Out Buffalo

8. Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que Shack

2829 Niagara St., Buffalo

716-873-0757 / facebook.com/suzyqbbqny  

This bare-bones roadside smokes its meat with fruit wood and hickory, creating particularly flavorful meats. It’s served with homemade sides.


9. Roaming Bison Tavern

732 Hertel Ave., Buffalo

716-235-8281 / rbtbbq.com

This Bourbon bar serves up southern style dishes, including tantalizing barbecue paired with homemade sauces.


 Masters BBQ

The Texas Rattlesnake Sandwich. Master’s smoked sausage, on Texas toast with beer mustard, cheddar cheese sauce, roasted p/o, includes pickles, pickled red onions at Masters BBQ / Photo courtesy of Masters BBQ

10. Master’s Barbecue Company

43 Buffalo St., Hamburg

716-393-6478 / mastersbbq.com

This Village of Hamburg eatery serves up a smorgasbord of delicious meats, along with homemade barbecue sauce and sides. They use hickory, red oak, apple and maple wood in their smoker.

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