Woodland, PA

The Best BBQ on the Go at Gio’s

J.M. Lesinski

The BBQ beef brisket from Gio's BBQ in Woodland, Pennsylvania.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

For real BBQ flavor along Route 322 in Woodland, Pennsylvania, everybody knows about Gio’s. First-place winner of the Allegheny County Rib Cookoff’s best ribs and best sauce categories, Gio’s BBQ uses hickory wood to smoke their savory and delicious meats, while their sides are a true taste of home-cooking at its finest.

The sandwich combos at Gio’s are amazing for travelers who need filling food on the go. The Longhorn is a beautiful creation comprised of BBQ beef, seasoned onion rings, mushrooms, onions, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, or for the brisket-lover, there is the hot beef brisket with French fries and gravy on top.

The Big Ben stacks together two giant hamburgers, seasoned fries, American cheese, mushrooms, bacon, mustard, BBQ sauce, onion, lettuce, and tomato for a meal fit for the biggest of appetites. Likewise, the Pittsburgher features savory BBQ sauce slathered on pulled pork, seasoned fries, and coleslaw, while the Chicken and the Pig features the same with some char-grilled chicken for extra smoky goodness.

The coleslaw from Gio's BBQ.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

One simply cannot have BBQ without a platter and Gio’s has a dozen amazing options. There are the classics like a full rack or half rack of ribs, a half BBQ chicken, or pulled pork. There are also those unique to Gio’s like the southern fried catfish, sirloin tip dinner, and the Big Daddy sampler – featuring a half rack of ribs, beef brisket, a quarter-pound chicken, and pork BBQ.

Beyond the BBQ, Gio’s does some of the best subs around, like the Rajun Cajun with chicken, bacon, provolone, lettuce, tomato, mayo, peppers, and onions. The BBQ Ham and Cheese Steak sandwiches are phenomenal too, especially with the free hot peppers available to any sub, any time.

Salads are also a great option at a reasonable price, like the Chef salad with turkey, ham, cheese, and pepperoni. The Southern Pulled Pork and Chargrilled Chicken salads are a great way to get a taste of Gio’s famous BBQ sauce. A personal favorite is the Steak salad, featuring tomatoes, onion, black olives, assorted cheese, French fries, and real sirloin steak. The flavor simply cannot be beat.

A shot of the sign and side entrance of Gio's BBQ.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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