There’s nothing like high-quality BBQ to hit that comfort food craving and Orlando is no stranger to delicious melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork and fall-off-the-bones tender ribs. If you’ve got a hunger for BBQ, try Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa, Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que, and 4Rivers Smokehouse.
1. Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa™
Pig Floyd’s pig logo marks the spot of a counter-serve joint on Mills Avenue known for its BBQ and craft beer. Originally opening in 2014, Pig Floyd’s has become a neighborhood favorite. This restaurant has a little something for everyone, including folks who don’t have a taste for BBQ. You can pick from a vast menu that includes everything from typical BBQ selections to sandwiches and Mexican Street Corn to bento boxes.
This affordable spot is definitely a place you don’t want to pass up. Try their oakwood smoked ribs, smoked pulled pork, or smoked brisket. Pig Floyd’s even serves fried seasoned tofu if meat isn’t your thing.
Price Range: $10 to $30 per person depending on selections
Address: 1326 N Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803
2. Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que
Bubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que has been recognized as an affordable and delicious BBQ restaurant by Zagat’s Restaurant Surveys, Southern Living, USA Today, The Food Network, and CNN among others. Beyond the national recognition, locals who know the area best have also deemed Bubbalou’s a top spot for quality BBQ. The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, and Orlando Magazine have all recognized Bubbalou’s on some level. With all that recognition it’s hard to doubt the delicious items on the menu.
Enjoy a variety of slow-cooked meats cooked over a hardwood fire. Bubbalou's menu includes dishes like gator nuggets and pulled pork tacos. But more importantly, you’ll want to try an order of their baby back ribs, grilled chicken, and pulled pork.
Bubbalou’s has locations in Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Winter Park, and off Kirkman Road.
Price Range: $15 to $30 per person depending on selections
Address: 1049 East Altamonte Dr. Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
1701 Rock Springs Rd, Apopka, FL 32712
5818 Conroy Rd Orlando, FL 32835
1471 Lee Road Winter Park, FL 32789
3. 4Rivers Smokehouse
4Rivers Smokehouse, a beloved Orlando BBQ staple, began as a fundraiser known as the Barbecue Ministry. Its success eventually led to the opening of a 4Rivers in Winter Park. Today that single location has spread to 13 cities, Greater Orlando making up a majority of those locations. There are 4Rivers located in East Orlando, Kissimmee, Longwood, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.
4Rivers is a fast-casual style eatery with BBQ classics like signature Angus brisket, pulled pork and chicken, and ribs. 4Rivers also has some pretty terrific sides including, a hands-down personal favorite, smoked jalapenos.
Price Range: $10 to $20 per person depending on selections
Address: 11764 University Blvd Orlando, FL 32817
874 Osceola Pkwy Kissimmee, FL 34741
1869 West State Road 434 Longwood, FL 32750
1047 South Dillard Street Winter Garden, FL 34787
1600 West Fairbanks Avenue Winter Park, FL 32798