New Orleans ribs

The 7 Best Places For Ribs In New Orleans

Slow-cooked and melt-in-your-mouth, seasoned with the kind of tantalising tastes that make you want to come back for more of the same – these are what makes the ribs in New Orleans the finest. 

Across cosy bars and busy diners to those all-important BBQ joints, there is something for everybody on our list of some of the top places to eat the best New Orleans ribs.


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1. Frey Smoked Meat Co.

The Frey family has been in the meat business for six generations in New Orleans, so it’s safe to say the folk here know a thing or two about good BBQ. With years of experience under their belt, they finely craft, smoke, and smother some of the best ribs in New Orleans.

The meat of the ribs practically falls off of the bones as it oozes delectably with flavour.

2. Central City BBQ

Central City BBQ’s ribs were recently voted among the ‘Top 3’ ribs in the world,  so you expect seriously good things here. Sample their pork ribs to start and then work your way on to their rib tips. You’ll be licking the last bit of flavour off of each bone for sure.

3. The Joint

Consistently ranked as one of the best BBQ restaurants in America, The Joint in New Orleans often flies under the radar because it’s not necessarily located in the BBQ Belt. The ribs, which are smoked on-site, fills up the entire neighbourhood with the most savoury smell you can imagine. The taste? Even better.

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4. Blue Oak BBQ

From roasted garlic mac and cheese or ginger sesame slaw to the ever-classic BBQ beans, Blue Oak BBQ excels at trying all of the favourites together to compliment the outstanding taste of their ribs. Slow smoked and covered in a special sauce, their St Louis ribs, however, remain the main event.

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5. Walker’s BBQ

Walker’s BBQ serves up all your favourites, such as ribs, chicken, brisket and pork, along with delicious sides, like smothered mustard greens and potato salad. Their ribs are just juicy enough so that, with each bite, flavour oozes off of the bone.

You can order a half-pound of ribs, but honestly, you’re going to want to get seconds they’re just that good.

6. Katie’s Restaurant

Katie’s is famous all across the city for its divine Southern eats, with the ribs lauded as being ‘the best in New Orleans’ by many a local. Their ribs have featured on CNN and are no ordinary dish. These ribs are made with a tangy & spicy blackberry jalapeno BBQ sauce, for a sweet-yet-savoury kick.

Ribs drip with flavour here, and they’re so well cooked that there’s no way you’ll be able to stop at just one rack.

7. Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ

Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ is known for their outstanding slow-smoked barbecue meats, homemade side dishes and uncompromising commitment to service. The perfect BBQ combo!

The ribs come with a thick, sticky and wonderfully tasty sauce that glazes them to absolute perfection. Easily some of the best ribs in New Orleans you will ever eat. But look, don’t just take our word for it… Get down here ASAP.

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