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Best Orange County 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 Orange County.


View the Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants in Orange County.

Agora Churrascaria Steakhouse
Dining Room at Agora Churrascaria, Irvine, CA 1830 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
Brazilian barbecue served tableside by “gauchos”; beware the ample buffet beckoning to spoil the carnivorous feast. More...

Beach Pit BBQ Newport-Mesa Barbecue
1676 Tustin Ave.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Family-friendly Newport Beach-Costa Mesa barbecue eatery. More...

Beachwood BBQ Barbecue
Dining Room at Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach, CA 131 1/2 Main St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Fine-dining chef brings delectable barbecue and innovative Southern-inspired dishes to a quaint seaside beer bistro. More...

Burrell’s BBQ Barbecue
Quick Bite
305 N. Hesperian St.
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Expect all the classics --- baby-back ribs to a country ham dinner --- at this Santa Ana barbecue destination. More...

Famous Dave's Barbecue
2214 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92865
Barbecue all you want. More...

Gyu-Kaku Japanese
Dining Room at Gyu-Kaku, Huntington Beach, CA 7862 Warner Ave., Ste. 109
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Huntington Beach outpost of this establishment that brings Japanese yakiniku cooking to Americans. More...

Johnny Rebs’ Southern
No Rating
2940 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869

Barbecue and Southern fare in Orange. More...

Lillie's Q Barbecue
240 S. Brea Blvd.
Brea, CA 92821

A little bit of Southern barbecue by way of Chicago at this downtown Brea eatery. More...

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que Barbecue
1639 E. Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
SoCal chain serving up hickory wood-smoked barbecue, Southern specialties, house-made desserts and live blues. More...

Memphis Cafe American
2920 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Southern soul food for the OC hipster set. More...

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Barbecue
8022 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92808
With an all-American menu and signature dishes, this restaurant is a solid choice for OC barbecue lovers. More...

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