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Where to Eat Barbecue in Ann Arbor

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hotel Hickman's Chuckwagon BBQ

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8050 Main St
Dexter, MI 48130
(734) 646-6261
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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.

2. Aamani's Smokehouse & Pizzeria

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2529 Dexter Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 213-2222

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.

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3. Smokehouse 52 BBQ - Saline

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1324, 105 W Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176
(734) 316-7913
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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.

4. Zingerman's Roadhouse

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2501 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 663-3663
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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.

5. Salt Springs Brewery

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117 S Ann Arbor St
Saline, MI 48176
(734) 295-9191
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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.

6. Satchel's BBQ

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221 W Liberty Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 929-4240
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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.

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7. Westside Barbecue

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108 E Madison St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 585-0806
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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.

8. Biercamp

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1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 995-2437
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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.

9. Ricewood

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1928 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

10. Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

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207 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 340-2381

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.

1. Hotel Hickman's Chuckwagon BBQ

8050 Main St, Dexter, MI 48130

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.

8050 Main St
Dexter, MI 48130

2. Aamani's Smokehouse & Pizzeria

2529 Dexter Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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.

2529 Dexter Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

3. Smokehouse 52 BBQ - Saline

1324, 105 W Michigan Ave, Saline, MI 48176

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.

1324, 105 W Michigan Ave
Saline, MI 48176

4. Zingerman's Roadhouse

2501 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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.

2501 Jackson Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

5. Salt Springs Brewery

117 S Ann Arbor St, Saline, MI 48176

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.

117 S Ann Arbor St
Saline, MI 48176

6. Satchel's BBQ

221 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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.

221 W Liberty Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

7. Westside Barbecue

108 E Madison St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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.

108 E Madison St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

8. Biercamp

1643 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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.

1643 S State St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

9. Ricewood

1928 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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.

1928 Packard St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

10. Red Rock Downtown Barbecue

207 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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.

207 W Michigan Ave
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

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