Until we started to really travel Indiana, I didn’t particularly thrill at the thought of barbecue–until I met small town mom and pop restaurants with commercial smokers. That makes all the difference in the world.
Here’s a quick list to help you on your way. These are BBQ joints that we have eaten at and loved to pieces. I know you will enjoy them too. They are all family-friendly and inexpensive.
Best Barbecue Restaurants in Indiana
Bub’s Barbecue in DeMotte, Indiana — This Jasper County restaurant is phenomenal. It’s all homemade. Don’t pass up the chance to try the dilly Potato Salad or the Bourbon Apples. Oh, the Cowboy Beans are the favorite of our oldest son. The real star here, however, has to be Bub’s Brisket. It’s so tender you won’t believe it. He wakes up early to start smoking the meat so the smell outside is simply amazing. They do sell out so please call ahead before making a special trip.
Cecil’s Pork ‘N More in Greensburg, Indiana — Watch Cecil work his magic in this awesome mom and pop restaurant. If there’s Potatoes and Onions on the menu–get it! It’s the best I’ve ever had. We loved the Pork Sliders. They are a great size to divide among any kids or folks with smaller appetites in your group. Save room for one of the homemade desserts on his menu. We loved the cobbler we devoured. Cecil is getting ready for a bit of renovating so expect a nice, new look when you visit the next time.
West Point Steakhouse in West Point, Indiana — With their own commercial smoker out back, folks in the area know where to go to get their barbecue fix. This is the only business, possibly even the only building, in this tiny town. There are two parts to this restaurant, a bar area and a very large family dining restaurant portion. Do call ahead for hours. The Bread Pudding is excellent so be sure to save at least a little room for that one.
Sublette’s Ribs in Monticello, Indiana — Put this White County locale on your “to visit” list for the future. It was an area favorite. They suffered a devastating fire–but do have plans to reopen after they are rebuilt. Keep an eye on that one. They will be back–and that’s a good thing. Sublette’s also carried their own branded barbecue sauce available for purchase.
Indiana BBQ Restaurants
Are there other small town BBQ restaurants hiding out there in Indiana? I am sure I missed plenty. Please tell me where I need to go next for a great heaping helping of barbecued meats and tasty sides. I want to know! All you need to do is send me an email or simply leave a comment below. I will add it to my “must visit” list for later.
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Where to Eat BBQ in Indiana
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