Our Best BBQ Recipes

We've rounded up our best low-and-slow barbecue recipes, from regional pulled pork to smoked chickens and brisket flats.

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16-Spice Smoked Chicken

For Bobby's daring dry rub, you'll need practically every spice you pack in your pantry, plus three different kinds of chili powder.  

Get the Recipe: Sixteen Spice Smoked Chicken

The Ultimate Barbecued Ribs

Tyler's sticky rib sauce gets a smoky infusion from the most irresistible lardon: rendered bacon fat.

Get the Recipe: The Ultimate Barbecued Ribs

Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

Pile this sweet, spicy and slightly sour BBQ pork butt high on a roll or eat it straight up with a bit of coleslaw.

Get the Recipe: Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

Roasted Pork Loin with Peach BBQ Sauce

If you're skeptical of fruit in your BBQ sauce, don't be. Fresh peaches give Kelsey's recipe a sweet, summery twist that pairs perfectly with pork loin. 

Get the Recipe: Roasted Pork Loin with Peach BBQ Sauce

Smoked Brisket

Time is the most-important ingredient when smoking brisket. Tiffani's garlicky, spicy-sweet rub and finger-lickin'-good barbecue sauce are both easy to make — the hardest part is waiting four to five agonizing hours for the meat to cook.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Brisket

Smoked Pork Loin Center Cut Chops in Belgian Ale Marinade

Lean, tender pork steaks are marinated with oil, vinegar, allspice berries and tarragon before being smoked with apple wood chunks on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Pork Loin Center Cut Chops in Belgian Ale Marinade

Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

Try this ingenious method for roasting chicken on the grill or in a smoker, and you'll enjoy golden, crispy skin and tender, fall-off-the-bone meat every time.

Get the Recipe: Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs

Made with cayenne pepper, ground cumin, paprika and dried oregano, this rub gets the spicy-to-smoky ratio just right. 

Get the Recipe: Dry Rub Ribs- Memphis (Dave's Dinners)

Cuban-Style Leg of Pork

Due to the state's Cuban and Spanish culinary influences, this recipe is very popular in Florida. In addition to a ton of fresh garlic cloves, the sour orange juice is a key ingredient and adds a unique flavor to the dish. (You can substitute a mixture of regular orange juice and lime juice if you can't find it.). Make sure you start marinating a day ahead of cooking to ensure the right level of flavor. 

Get the Recipe: Cuban-Style Leg of Pork

Brisket Sandwich

Chuck Hughes piles his brisket sandwich high with lettuce, tomato, apple-barbecue sauce-soaked brisket and onion rings.

Get the Recipe: Brisket Sandwich

Smoked Ribs with Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

Going to Carolina in your mind? Consider this recipe your ticket. Bobby layers on the flavor with a dry rub packed with ancho chile powder, a tangy vinegar-based "mop" for basting, and a BBQ sauce sweetened with brown sugar, molasses and honey. 

Get the Recipe: Smoked Ribs with Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

The Ultimate Barbecued Chicken

Tyler's ultimate barbecue sauce marries smoky bacon with sweet molasses, and is seasoned with fresh thyme, garlic, cumin and paprika.

Get the Recipe: The Ultimate Barbecued Chicken

Jan Birnbaum's New Orleans-Style Babyback Beer Ribs

A potent spice rub containing chili powder, paprika, cumin, lime zest and nutmeg-like achiote give New Orleans-style ribs tremendous flavor. 

Get the Recipe: Jan Birnbaum's New Orleans-Style Babyback Beer Ribs

Bacon-Wrapped Pig Wings

Take a few boneless pork chops, add some bacon and a little creativity, and Pig Wings are on the menu! The bacon adds great flavor and prevents the meat from getting dry. Though a bit unusual, these "wings" make a fabulous appetizer when served with extra barbecue sauce for dipping.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Pig Wings

Bobby's Sweet and Spicy Pork and Slaw Sandwich

Bobby Deen uses a dark-brown-sugar dry rub and Dutch oven to develop flavor in his pork tenderloin, searing it on all sides and immersing the meat in an aromatic bath of apple juice, cider vinegar and gingerroot before topping the shreds with crunchy coleslaw.

Get the Recipe: Bobby's Sweet and Spicy Pork and Slaw Sandwich

Smoked Brisket

Brisket is the hallmark of Texas 'cue. Made up of layers of fat and muscle, it can be one of the toughest cuts of beef around if not prepared properly. But when given time to tenderize, it's one of the most flavorful beef experiences you'll ever have and is well worth the wait.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Brisket

Pulled Pork and Kimchi Sandwich

Chuck Hughes' tender smoked pulled pork and kimchi sandwich, served with a sweet and tangy glaze, puts a global spin on a standard barbecue sandwich.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork and Kimchi Sandwich

Easy BBQ Short Ribs

Sunny makes short ribs a cinch; simply pour her homemade BBQ sauce over the ribs, cover wth aluminum foil and roast until deliciously tender. 

Get the Recipe: Easy BBQ Short Ribs

Pork Tenderloin with Prickly Pear Tequila BBQ Sauce

Generously basted with a unique pear- and tequila-infused sauce, these hefty chunks of pork are cooked on the grill until just tender.

Get the Recipe: Pork Tenderloin with Prickly Pear Tequila BBQ Sauce

BBQ Turkey Drumsticks with Chipotle Glaze

Try Chuck Hughes' delicious slow-roasted and basted BBQ turkey drumsticks, glazed with chipotle sauce.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Turkey Drumsticks with Chipotle Glaze

Eastern North Carolina Barbecue

The addictive barbecue sauce, made with apple cider vinegar, crushed red pepper and fresh garlic, gives this pork butt sweet, acidic and spicy balance.

Get the Recipe: Eastern North Carolina Barbecue

Smoked Salmon

Host a classic brunch with your own homemade smoked salmon, or get creative and sub in trout, mackerel or bluefish.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Salmon

Sweet and Spicy Shredded Pork

Get Kelsey's ultimate summer entertaining menu: tender pulled pork, easy coleslaw, grilled sweet corn and a tempting chocolate cake.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Shredded Pork

Spit-Roasted Pig with Nona's Rub and Basting Sauce

This slow-roasted pig spends almost eight hours on the spit, resulting in shatteringly crisp skin, succulent meat and enough food to feed a small army. Challenge accepted.

Get the Recipe: Spit-Roasted Pig with Nona's Rub and Basting Sauce

Smoked Brisket, Ribs and Pork Sausage with Texas Mop Sauce and BBQ Sauce

No matter where you live, you can have a barbecue smorgasbord for dinner with a little time and effort.

Get the Recipe: Smoked Brisket, Ribs and Pork Sausage with Texas Mop Sauce and BBQ Sauce

Garlicky Smoked Shrimp

Kelsey's shrimp hit the smoker and emerge with Southern flavor, courtesy of her oak sawdust chips and cider barbecue dipping sauce. The marinade adds even more oomph with shallots and dry sherry.

Get the Recipe: Garlicky Smoked Shrimp

Crispy-Skin Hoisin BBQ Chicken

An initial marinade of soy sauce, lemon, garlic and scallions renders chicken thighs very flavorful, but it’s the hoisin-ginger-brown-sugar glaze and a short finish in the oven that makes its skin caramelized and crispy.

Get the Recipe: Crispy-Skin Hoisin BBQ Chicken

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Smoky shredded rotisserie chicken gets tossed in garlic, onion, tomato and molasses, before it's piled high on a fluffy hamburger roll.

Get the Recipe: Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

All-Day Roast Pork, Spicy Apple Chutney, Mashed Citrus Sweet Potatoes, Sauteed Chard

Rachael Ray's leftovers-guaranteed pork is seasoned with fresh thyme and fennel seeds and roasted until crispy.

Get the Recipe: All-Day Roast Pork, Spicy Apple Chutney, Mashed Citrus Sweet Potatoes, Sauteed Chard

Crispy, Smoked Chicken Wings and Legs, Cilantro, Lime and Sriracha and a Celery and Radish Salad

Michael Symon kicks up his chicken wings by smoking them and serving them with a refreshing salad. Use his easy Kitchen Stadium technique at home to wow your guests with a new set of wings.

Get the Recipe: Crispy, Smoked Chicken Wings and Legs, Cilantro, Lime and Sriracha and a Celery and Radish Salad

Pulled Pork Shoulder with Lexington Style Dip Sauce

This no-frills pork shoulder gains tasty flavor from its side sauce, made with ketchup, cider vinegar, sugar and cayenne pepper.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork Shoulder with Lexington Style Dip Sauce

Oklahoma Joe's Smoked Brisket Flat

This brisket gets spiced with Spanish paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper and celery salt before hitting the smoker.

Get the Recipe: Oklahoma Joe's Smoked Brisket Flat

Oklahoma Joe's Pulled Pork

Light brown sugar, apple juice and barbecue sauce give this pull-apart pork its deliciously sweet flavor.

Get the Recipe: Oklahoma Joe's Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Low and slow is key for this pull-apart, tender shredded pork. After 10 hours, the meat will be rich with the flavors of the recipe's many spices, like chili powder, coriander and cumin.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

Spice-rubbed pork butt (which is actually a juicy cut from the shoulder) cooks in the smoker for 8 hours until it's pull-apart tender and is then mixed with a classic eastern North Carolina sauce, which has a tangy vinegar base and no tomato.

Get the Recipe: Carolina-Style Pulled Pork

Beef Brisket Bonanza Sandwich

Hot and cold, sweet and sour, spicy and savory: Each bite of this comforting and classic sandwich is an exercise in balance.

Get the Recipe: Beef Brisket Bonanza Sandwich

Pulled Pork Nachos

The only way these Tex-Mex nachos could get any better is if they're washed down with an ice-cold beer.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Nadia G. personalizes her pork shoulder with an overnight marinade of paprika, brown sugar and cayenne-spiked dry rub. Partner the tender meat with her sticky-sweet maple-pineapple-vinegar sauce.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled Chicken with Bourbon BBQ

Rachael Ray's sweet bourbon barbecue sauce gets its unique flavor from amber maple syrup, apricot preserves, orange zest and, of course, bourbon.

Get the Recipe: Pulled Chicken with Bourbon BBQ

BBQ Brisket Reuben Sandwiches

Two Jewish favorites — tender brisket and the Reuben sandwich — come together in this over-the-top sandwich.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Brisket Reuben Sandwiches

Buffalo BBQ Pulled Chicken with Blue Cheese Cornbread Topper

Rachael Ray's barbecue-meal-in-a-dish contains Buffalo-sauce-infused pulled chicken and a blue cheese cornbread topping. (All homemade!)

Get the Recipe: Buffalo BBQ Pulled Chicken with Blue Cheese Cornbread Topper

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