10 Excellent BBQ Restaurants in WNY

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Written by Naomi Sakovics

Published on June 12, 2019
fat bobs smokehouse
Memphis Pulled Pork Sandwich at Fat Bob’s / Step Out Buffalo

Updated October 2020

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!


1. Fat Bob’s Smokehouse

41 Virginia Place, Buffalo

716-887-2971 /

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

Update: Wild Bill Hickory BBQ is now available at @ Angry buffalo at The Rose Garden

2753 Wehrle Dr, Williamsville, New York 14221 

(716) 632-9871  /

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 /

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


4. La Verdad

1194 East Lovejoy Buffalo, NY 14206

716-768-3150 / LaVerdad Facebook

-The Insider quoted a Yelp review by user George F saying:

“I just had the best ribs, the best chicken, the best brisket, and the best barbecue beans of my life! Everything is prepared from scratch and made with pride.”

5. BW’s Smokin’ Barrels Barbecue

5007 Lake Ave., Blasdell

716-824-7455 /  

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

Temporarily closed

432 Center St., Lewiston

716-754-7227 /

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 /

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

8. Roaming Bison Tavern

732 Hertel Ave., Buffalo

716-235-8281 /

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

9. Master’s Barbecue Company

43 Buffalo St., Hamburg

716-393-6478 /

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.

10. Yankee BBQ

3379 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg

716-768-4991 /

Central Texas Style BBQ smoked with oak. Meats are sold by weight, so order as much or as little as you want. For example, 2 slices of brisket, 3 pork ribs and a hot link. Customize your own plate.

Written by <a href="" target="_self">Naomi Sakovics</a>

Written by Naomi Sakovics

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