The 7 Best Places For BBQ In Wilmington

After compiling a list of the 50 Best Spots for BBQ in America, we realised just how many fantastic BBQ spots there are in Wilmington. And, while Delaware is actually home to some world-class ribs and tantalising brisket plates, the best place for BBQ in the state is in Wilmington.

That’s right, the best BBQ in Wilmington is actually the best in the entire state, if not some of the best in the country. And, you’ll find that despite being located in the north, the BBQ joints here have perfected Southern-style recipes that personify the rich BBQ culture in the United States.

Not sure where to go for the best BBQ in Wilmington? Whether you’re craving some of Delaware’s best ribs, want a tantalising pulled pork sandwich or are simply after some Southern sides, these seven spots serve it all.

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1. Russell’s Quality Food

This spot made our list of the best BBQ in the country. So, they’re serving the best BBQ in Wilmington for sure. The pulled pork here is easily some of the best pulled pork in America, likely due to the fact that they smoke it using three different kinds of logs – oak, hickory and cherry. It’s smoked to perfection and so delicious that you don’t even need any sauce.

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2. Limestone BBQ and Bourbon

This spot actually ranked No. 1 in terms of the best ribs in the state. So, if you’re a rib lover, head straight for Limestone. As the name suggests, you’re able to pair their world-class ribs with a nice selection of bourbon. Let the smooth flavour of the bourbon compliment the saucy ribs they serve by the plate. They’re St. Louis-style, which means they’re extra juicy and smoky.

Best BBQ in Wilmington

3. Locale BBQ Post

Locals and visitors alike can’t seem to get enough of the BBQ at this Wilmington hotspot. From their Rib Sampler straight on through to the Pulled Meat Sampler, everything they smoke here is absolutely bursting with rich flavours. And, to top it all off, they serve some of the best sides in the city. Hushpuppies and cream corn anyone? They pair perfectly with their mouthwatering pork butt.

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4.  The Well

The Well is an interesting spot. It’s a church-owned meeting point of sorts for people to gather and enjoy everything from homemade foods and breakfast sandwiches to deli meats and, of course, their award-winning BBQ. And, their BBQ truly is some of the best in the area. Sample the ribs straight off the smoker. They come seasoned with Big D’s pork rub and they’re smoked for five hours over fruitwood. Yum.

5. Fat Rick’s

Fat Rick’s has been serving classic American BBQ for over 30 years now. And, it truly doesn’t get much more local than this. It’s nothing close to a chain, it’s a family business full of flavour, fun and tantalising BBQ dishes that truly delight. The take out menu showcases everything from pulled pork to ribs. Honestly, our expert advice is to head here hungry and sample it all.

6. Uncle John’s BBQ Stand

When you’re craving quality at a great price, head over to Uncle John’s. This super-local BBQ truck serves up delicious plates of well-smoked meats. Not sure what to get? Order the Slow Roasted Pulled Pork sandwich. It features hand-rubbed pulled pork topped with pineapple coleslaw all on a brioche bun. It’s as scrumptious as it sounds.

7. Savannah’s Hot Dogs and BBQ

From pulled pork BBQ to world-class hot dogs, Savannah’s serves up tasty meats in a super scaled-back setting. This is the kind of place you’d stop off at after hours on the road to enjoy a nice, relaxing meal that’s both full of flavour and super filling. Get both a hot dog and smoke pulled pork. You won’t regret it.

Elizabeth Thorn

Elizabeth has lived and worked in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, all of which have contributed to her passion for travel writing. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring little hideouts in Colombia or watching photography tutorials on YouTube.

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