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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Barbecue 

ABITA BAR-B-Q 69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205 Beef brisket is slathered in barbecue sauce and served with two sides and fresh-baked cornbread. Slow-cooked pulled pork can be ordered in a sandwich or on a platter. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

BIG SHIRLEY'S 5222 Elysian Fields Ave., 252-4835 Crab cakes come with jalapeno tartar sauce. "Baby I'm Back" ribs feature a full rack of ribs drenched in barbecue sauce. Reservations accepted. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BYWATER RESTAURANT & BBQ 3162 Dauphine St., 944-4445; www.bywaterrestaurant.com The portobello mushroom sandwich comes with house-made fries. A 4- or 8-oz. filet mignon is served with a baked potato. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Tue., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

CORKY' S RIBS & BAR-B-Q 4243 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 887-5000; www.corkysbarbq.com Hickory-smoked Memphis-style ribs are served either basted in sauce or dusted with dry rub, and other barbecue options include turkey, chicken and beef brisket. For sides, there are sweet potato fries and baked potatoes topped with cheese and barbecue sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HILLBILLY BAR-B-Q 2317 Hickory Ave, Harahan, 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com This casual eatery specializes in barbecued brisket, pork and ribs, and it also serves burgers. The pork and beef combo platter includes pork shoulder, beef brisket and two side items. For sides, there is hand-shredded coleslaw and potato salad. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

THE JOINT 701 Mazant St., 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com The Joint opens in this new spot on Feb. 4. The pulled-pork sandwich is topped with coleslaw and comes with one side. The W special rounds up pork, brisket, ribs and a side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

SAUCY'S BBQ GRILL 3244 Severn Ave., Metairie, 322-2544; www.saucysbbqgrill.com Saucy's serves slow-smoked St. Louis-style pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, smoked sausage and grilled or jerk chicken. Other dishes feature barbecue styles from Memphis and the Carolinas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SHANE'S RIB SHACK 1855 Barataria Blvd., Suite E, Marrero, 341-2226; www.shanesribshack.com The half-rack of ribs is served with a choice of two sides including mac and cheese, coleslaw, fried okra and collard greens. White meat chicken tenders are available grilled or fried. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SQUEAL BAR-B-Q 8400 Oak St., 302-7370; www.squeal-nola.com The St. Louis ribs are dry rubbed and hickory smoked for more than eight hours before being glazed in Squeal's signature barbecue sauce. The Squeal pie features layers of pulled pork, corn maque choux and andouille mashed potatoes topped with cheddar cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SWEET DADDY'S BBQ 420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com The two-meat combo plate includes a choice of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, baby back ribs or smoked sausage and two sides. Try chocolate chip pecan pie for dessert. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

UGLY DOG SALOON 401 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 569-8459; www.uglydogsaloon.net Barbecued pork, beef and chicken are slow-cooked in an on-site smoker at this Warehouse District sports bar. Side dishes include crunchy coleslaw and chili beans. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

VOODOO BBQ & GRILL Citywide; www.voodoobbqandgrill.com Voodoo gets its mojo working with a selection of house-made sauces. The Graveyard platter combines slow-smoked brisket and pulled pork, gris-gris greens, corn pudding and cornbread souffle. White chocolate bread pudding is drizzled with vanilla sauce and served warm. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

WALKER'S SOUTHERN STYLE BBQ 10828 Hayne Blvd., 241-8227; www.cochondelaitpoboys.com The signature item here is cochon de lait, and Walker's is the year-round home to the cochon de lait po-boy offered at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Barbecued ribs, pork, sausage, brisket and chicken also are available. No reservations. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Sat. Cash only. $

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