You don’t normally think of Florida with having some of the best barbeque, but you’d be surprised how many excellent BBQ joints you’ll find around Tampa. Just because we’re not in Texas doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some saucy ribs or a pulled pork sandwich. When you’re in the mood for great BBQ but you don’t want to travel far to get it, you can go these top locations found in Tampa, Clearwater, and nearby.

Rumba Island Bar & Grill – 1800 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater

Over in Clearwater, stop by Rumba Island Bar & Grill, known for its delicious barbeque with a complementing daiquiri. It’s the perfect stop for a hot day when BBQ is on the mind because this restaurant has perfected the mixture of island classics mixed with traditional barbeque flavors.

Find dishes like shrimp chowder, crab mac n’ cheese, barbeque salmon, and conch fritters if you’re feeling islandy, and then order the pulled pork with coconut rice for your dinner. You’ll want to sit on the patio to take in the island life that Florida offers, and you’ll notice that wait times are low as the staff has excellent service.

Holy Hog Barbecue – 3501 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa

You may have heard that Holy Hog Barbecue has the best BBQ in Tampa, and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Holy Hog is known for having some of the best flavors, the biggest portions, and affordable prices.

Stop in for lunch and dinner on a budget and order any classic meat dish with an exciting side of loaded potato salad, grilled corn, mac ‘n cheese, or fired okra. You’ll get that smoky flavor you love in a good barbecue sauce while enjoy a variety of flavor options.

Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que – 3116 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes

If you make it over to the Land O’ Lakes area, you’ll find yourself drooling on the way to Hungry Harry’s for some BBQ. They have some of the best traditional sauces at this family-founded restaurant opened 30 years ago. They have six different homemade sauces, all-you-can-eat specials, and all of the classic meats you could pair it with. Choose a pulled pork, ribs, chicken, or beef and bring a good appetite!

Eli’s Bar-B-Que -360 Skinner Blvd, Dunedin

In the Dunedin area, you’ll find Eli’s, known for its delicious sandwiches for a barbecue pork or chicken option. They have delicious buns and sauces to add to your meat selection, and the ribs are known for being some of the most tender in the whole region. Add your favorite side of baked beans and make sure you stop in early since rush hour can get busy. They are only open on Fridays and Saturdays, but it’s worth the trip!

When you need a barbecue fix while living in Tampa, be sure to take a quick drive to these top locations in the area for the best of the best. 

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