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Best Central Coast, CA Barbecue Restaurants

From smokehouse to hoghouse and roadhouse, we've rounded up the best in barbecue. Sure, preferences abound when it comes to matters of the grill. So maybe it's a pulled pork sandwich on squishy white bread you crave or Texas brisket with a side of coleslaw and sweet tea. One day you might like your ribs slathered and glazed in tomato sauce; the next day rubbed with special spices; and the next marinated and drenched in tangy vinegar. Whatever your pleasure, try these smokin' spots for the best barbecue around in Central Coast, CA.


F. McLintocks Saloon & Dining House American
750 Mattie Rd.
Shell Beach, CA 93449
Enjoy hearty meals centered around oak-grilled meats at this casual cowboy-themed dinner house. More...

Far Western Tavern Steakhouse
300 E. Clark Ave.
Orcutt, CA 93455
Offering unlimited hospitality and authentic Santa Maria ranch-style meals since 1958. More...

G. Brothers Smokehouse Barbecue
Quick Bite
885 E. Foothill Blvd.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
The Mexican/American menu also offers authentic smokehouse barbecue. More...

Jocko's Steakhouse Steakhouse
Dining Room at Jocko 125 N. Thompson Ave.
Nipomo, CA 93444

Classic Santa Maria-style barbecue in an old-school atmosphere. More...

Tanner Jacks Steakhouse
Dining Room at Tanner Jacks, Arroyo Grande, CA 2796 S. Halcyon Rd.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
This family-friendly eatery offers comfort food and barbecue with a smokin’ attitude. More...

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