clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile
Ricewood/PopChockPhoto [Official photo]

Where to Eat Barbecue in Ann Arbor

Time for the meat sweats

View as Map

As one of the quintessential American cuisines, barbecue can be as diverse as the people that love it. Not only do different regions have their own style — each of which claiming to be the best — there’s also many different things that can be barbecued. From hearty beef brisket to juicy pork to smoked chicken begging to be slathered in sauce, there are so many ways to enjoy it.

Although this area doesn’t have a distinct regional style of barbecue, it doesn’t mean that Ann Arborites can’t enjoy a heaping plate of smoked meat. Here’s a list of ten great places to get barbecue, regardless of what kind of meat it is.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Hotel Hickman's Chuckwagon BBQ

Copy Link

Although Dexter is a few minutes west of Ann Arbor, diners at Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon are transported much further with its unabashed cowboy-themed decor and employees’ attire. The menu is based on “authentic chuckwagon cooking” with smoked brisket, sausage, and pork along with side dishes and desserts cooked in cast iron pots and pans.

Aamani's Smokehouse & Pizzeria

Copy Link

Aamani serves eatery serves smoked pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken from an small, easy-to-miss space behind a party store. The meats are tender and juicy, but the house-made sides and sauces are what stand out most. Try the smoked cherry and horseradish sauce and the cornbread that’s lightly toasted and slathered in butter.

John Reyes

Smokehouse 52 BBQ - Saline

Copy Link

This second outlet of the popular downtown Chelsea spot serves ribs, brisket, and pulled pork with several different sauces and sides. The full bar features a strong selection of bourbon and whiskey-based cocktails.

Zingerman's Roadhouse

Copy Link

As with other restaurants in the Zingerman’s empire, the Roadhouse features authentic techniques and best-sourced ingredients in an homage to American cuisines. Given barbecue’s revered place in the American culture, it’s no surprise that their menu features classics like Carolina whole-hog barbecue and Texas beef brisket.

Salt Springs Brewery

Copy Link

A former downtown Saline church is the stunning setting for this brewpub with over a dozen beers crafted and served on premises. While barbecue isn’t the focus of the menu, their smoked chicken legs and pulled pork mac-n-cheese are worth the short trek out of Ann Arbor.

Satchel's BBQ

Copy Link

This popular barbecue restaurant has been serving Southern classics like smoked chicken, ribs, brisket and kielbasa along with a variety of housemade sauces and side dishes. The second location recently opened and is a convenient lunch option for those working downtown.

Satchel’s BBQ [Official photo]

Westside Barbecue

Copy Link

Many purists prefer barbecue without sauce put the focus squarely on the meat. Westside BBQ aims for their attention by serving piles of beef brisket and pork shoulder unadorned and accompanied by basic side dishes.

Biercamp

Copy Link

Biercamp is a popular stop for meatlovers to grab house-made sausages, jerky, bacon, and beer. Pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches join their artisan sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd.

Ricewood

Copy Link

Ricewood’s offerings are as unique as they are often hard to get. Instead of the usual sauces and sides, smoked meats are served Chamorro-style over rice and with a spicy finadene (soy, vinegar, peppers, and scallions) sauce. Get there early as the restaurant often sells out in less than an hour.

Barbecue sliced in a bowl with veggies. John Reyes

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

Copy Link

Beer and barbecue go well together and downtown Ypsilanti’s Red Rock has wide varieties of both. The menu features dozens of sandwiches and entrees and over 35 craft beers and ciders on tap and in bottles. The burnt ends, tips of brisket smoked twice and topped with jalapeños, are a terrific way to start a meal.

Hotel Hickman's Chuckwagon BBQ

Although Dexter is a few minutes west of Ann Arbor, diners at Hotel Hickman Chuckwagon are transported much further with its unabashed cowboy-themed decor and employees’ attire. The menu is based on “authentic chuckwagon cooking” with smoked brisket, sausage, and pork along with side dishes and desserts cooked in cast iron pots and pans.

Aamani's Smokehouse & Pizzeria

John Reyes

Aamani serves eatery serves smoked pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken from an small, easy-to-miss space behind a party store. The meats are tender and juicy, but the house-made sides and sauces are what stand out most. Try the smoked cherry and horseradish sauce and the cornbread that’s lightly toasted and slathered in butter.

John Reyes

Smokehouse 52 BBQ - Saline

This second outlet of the popular downtown Chelsea spot serves ribs, brisket, and pulled pork with several different sauces and sides. The full bar features a strong selection of bourbon and whiskey-based cocktails.

Zingerman's Roadhouse

As with other restaurants in the Zingerman’s empire, the Roadhouse features authentic techniques and best-sourced ingredients in an homage to American cuisines. Given barbecue’s revered place in the American culture, it’s no surprise that their menu features classics like Carolina whole-hog barbecue and Texas beef brisket.

Salt Springs Brewery

A former downtown Saline church is the stunning setting for this brewpub with over a dozen beers crafted and served on premises. While barbecue isn’t the focus of the menu, their smoked chicken legs and pulled pork mac-n-cheese are worth the short trek out of Ann Arbor.

Satchel's BBQ

Satchel’s BBQ [Official photo]

This popular barbecue restaurant has been serving Southern classics like smoked chicken, ribs, brisket and kielbasa along with a variety of housemade sauces and side dishes. The second location recently opened and is a convenient lunch option for those working downtown.

Satchel’s BBQ [Official photo]

Westside Barbecue

Many purists prefer barbecue without sauce put the focus squarely on the meat. Westside BBQ aims for their attention by serving piles of beef brisket and pork shoulder unadorned and accompanied by basic side dishes.

Biercamp

Biercamp is a popular stop for meatlovers to grab house-made sausages, jerky, bacon, and beer. Pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches join their artisan sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd.

Ricewood

Barbecue sliced in a bowl with veggies. John Reyes

Ricewood’s offerings are as unique as they are often hard to get. Instead of the usual sauces and sides, smoked meats are served Chamorro-style over rice and with a spicy finadene (soy, vinegar, peppers, and scallions) sauce. Get there early as the restaurant often sells out in less than an hour.

Barbecue sliced in a bowl with veggies. John Reyes

Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

Beer and barbecue go well together and downtown Ypsilanti’s Red Rock has wide varieties of both. The menu features dozens of sandwiches and entrees and over 35 craft beers and ciders on tap and in bottles. The burnt ends, tips of brisket smoked twice and topped with jalapeños, are a terrific way to start a meal.

Related Maps