What Are the Most Popular BBQ Restaurants In Louisiana?

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There are few regions in the United States that take their culinary fare as seriously as residents of Louisiana.  

Between mouth-watering etouffee and gumbos and perfectly succulent barbequed meats, the Pelican State has most of the country beat regarding food.  

We take a quick break from Louisiana sports betting to bring you the best BBQ restaurants in the Bayou State.

With such a stacked assortment of culinary feasts to choose from, it can be hard to discern which restaurants stand out on a statewide basis.  

May 1 kicks off National BBQ Month.  Louisiana ranked as the third-best state for BBQ according to WorldPopulationReview. Some of the most popular BBQ spots in the Bayou include Jeanne’s Bourbon St. BBQ and LA 23 BBQ. 

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Top Louisiana BBQ Restaurants By Search

When it comes to barbeque, LouisianaBets.com utilized Google Trends to calculate the most popular BBQ sauces by search volume from May 1st, 2022, until September 6th, 2022. The BBQ restaurants chosen were determined by OnlyInYourState. 

RankRestaurantLocationSearch Volume
1Blue Oak BBQNew Orleans, LA55%
2Central City BBQNew Orleans, LA25%
3The Joint BBQNew Orleans, LA14%
4LA 23 BBQBelle Chasse, LA4%
5Jeanne’s Bourbon St. BBQWestlake, LA1%

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Who Stands Out Among Louisiana BBQ Restaurants?

When it comes to BBQ in Louisiana, it appears that online consensus is that the Big Easy is a can’t-miss hub of smoked meat and sauces.  

The majority of search volume (55%) was centered around Mid-City’s Blue Oak BBQ, which calls itself New Orleans’ Best BBQ.  

The 11-year-old restaurant beat out other NOLA mainstays, such as Central City BBQ (25% of search volume), The Joint BBQ (14%), LA 23 BBQ (4%), and Jeanne’s Bourbon St. BBQ (2%) — illustrating the hold that the venerable smoked meat emporium has on the Crescent City.  

Whether it be the smoked BBQ burger or the restaurant’s slew of smoked meats, it seems there is no doubt among Louisianans that Blue Oak BBQ is the place to go if you’re looking for the down-home culinary staple in the state.  

With less than a week to go until the start of National BBQ Month, Louisiana natives and visitors alike can head on down to the state’s biggest city to get a mouthful of smoked meat and dreamy sauces to honor the occasion properly.  

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Christopher Boan writes for LouisianaBets.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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