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Best Barbecue In Detroit

These top Detroit BBQ joints will satisfy all your barbecue cravings. These spots feature entrees and sides that are so good, you may think you've been transported down South.
Slows Bar BQ
2138 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-9828

Slows Bar BQ is the darling of the barbecue scene in Detroit. This Corktown restaurant has become the go-to place for out-of-towners and locals alike. Known for its charming atmosphere, this place exudes Detroit hospitality and offers service that is second to none. The restaurant serves up Southern comfort, Detroit-style. Imagine melt-in-your mouth cornbread and dreamy mac and cheese, complemented with a sip of refreshing sweet tea. The main attraction at Slows is the barbecue. Specialties include brisket, pork belly and sandwiches stacked with meat of your choice. Order a slab of spareribs or baby back ribs and be sure to drown it in one of Slow's signature sauces.

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Rogue Estate BBQ
823 E. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI
(248) 721-4878

Rogue Estate BBQ has you covered on the mobile front. This is a convenient way to get your comfort food fix, as this eatery is an established food truck. The traveling barbecue joint can usually be found in different locations around Ferndale. Follow Rogue Estate BBQ on twitter to find out where it is stationed for the day. The menu features all sorts of barbecue smoked and slathered to perfection and take note, the brisket and pulled pork is so tasty, it often sells out in record time.

Zeke's Rock And Roll BBQ
240 W. 9 Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 206-7130

The latest arrival on the burgeoning barbecue scene in Detroit is Zeke's Rock and Roll BBQ. If being jam-packed is any indication of a great BBQ spot, then Zeke's is the place to be. The menu is extensive and specialties include brisket, pulled pork and rib tips, to name a few. You can't go wrong by ordering the Six Pack, featuring a variety of meats and accompaniments. There's also an insane amount of glorious sides to choose from and an array of tantalizing sauces to douse everything in. It's definitely a cool spot to hang with friends or spend time with family. Another thing this spot has going for it is live bands performances, so you can get down while chowing down.

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Redsmoke Barbecue
573 Monroe St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-2100

Redsmoke Barbecue is a located in the middle of all the action in Greektown. If you think sports and barbecue go hand in hand, this is the spot for you on game day. The atmosphere is casual, and the upstairs dining area is a great place to sit to get a little cozy. Favorite entrees include St. Louis ribs, Texas brisket and a pulled pork platter and don't neglect the sides. Standouts include black-eyed peas, collard greens and coleslaw. The meats are smoked on-site and sauces and rubs are made from scratch from a unique array of ingredients.

After receiving a BA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Nicole Wrona began working with a diverse range of musicians. In addition, she is a freelance writer for numerous publications. Her work can be found at and
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