There’s nothing better as far as comfort food goes than some killer barbecue – but trying to track down the best BBQ restaurants in Sacramento County can be a little bit more challenging than a lot of people think.
Sure, there are some pretty killer spots throughout Sacramento County (especially in the city of Sacramento as well as Elk Grove) to grab BBQ dishes, but as far as dedicated BBQ restaurants go, you’re going to have to look a little bit harder.
The food scene throughout Sacramento County has definitely upped its game in the past few years (likely in response to the major leaps forward as far as food is concerned in San Francisco and all throughout the rest of California, for that matter), and getting a plate of top-notch BBQ in Sacramento County isn’t as far-fetched as it used to be.
Here are a couple of hotspots you’re going to want to make sure you don’t miss out on
A&K Barbecue at 3751 Stockton Blvd. in Sacramento
If you are serious about your barbecue, and want to make sure that it is just as authentic as it gets this far away from Texas and Kansas City, you’re going to want to make sure that you check out all of the different dishes that A&K Barbecue has to offer.
They are portions are gigantic, the sauces (there are a handful you’ll have the chance to try) are top-notch, and the meat is just as tender as any of the best BBQ places around the country. The cuts are exceptional, the appetizers are amazing, and they make some of the best macaroni and cheese in the city.
Just make sure you’ve brought your appetite!
MoMo’s Meat Market at 5776 Broadway in Sacramento
Just slightly lesser-known than some of the other barbecue hotspots in the Sacramento County (which isn’t a bad thing when you’re looking for great BBQ on a weekend night), this is a little bit off the beaten path, but well worth the trip.
The barbecue here is smoky, spicy, and sweet all at the same time – in the pulled pork is something that you’re definitely going to want to write home about. The average wait time is usually right around 15 to 30 minutes, but you’ll be able to enjoy free samples while you wait. It really doesn’t get a lot better than this!
If you want to try something really special at MoMo’s Meat Market, make sure that you check out the jalapeno macaroni and cheese or the smoked full chickens. These are there number one best sellers!
South East Asian BBQ at 557 Eleanor Ave in Sacramento
A little bit different than the traditional barbecue that you’re probably used to in America, this is barbecue with a Vietnamese flair – and it is beyond exceptional.
A little bit different than Korean BBQ (an absolute staple here in Sacramento County), this place brings together all of the very distinct South East Asian flavors you’d expect from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia with a couple of exciting twists you’ll only find here.
Try out the wings and the khao poon (a soup made with intensely flavored and fork tender pork) – you won’t regret it!
Westcoast BBQ at 8112 Sheldon Road in Elk Grove
If you’re on the search for a BBQ place that offers rib sticking good food at a price point that is almost impossible to beat, you’re going to want to check this restaurant in Elk Grove out.
Their prices are exceptional, their food is amazing, and they’re tri tip hot links and ribs are going to have you coming back time and time again.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 5110 Laguna Blvd. in Elk Grove
Another kind of hole in the wall place that offers their own secret barbecue sauce on everything, this is the kind of place that you’re going to want to come when you want to spend only a few dollars for portions that will have you walking out completely full with at least a pound or two in leftovers by your side!
The ice cream that they offer here is the best way to cool things down after trying out the ribs or the brisket, the two dishes that they are probably most well-known form.