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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: Barbecue 

Blue Oak BBQ
900 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 822-2583; www.blueoakbbq.com
Fried pork belly cracklings are tossed in a Sichuan spice rub. The combo includes a choice of three meats such as brisket, ribs or smoked wings and a choice of two sides, such as roasted garlic macaroni and cheese or Brussels sprouts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Chompers BBQ Den
69399 Highway 59, Abita Springs, (985) 892-0205; www.chompers- bbqden.com
Brisket, ribs, pulled pork and other meats are prepared with house-made sauces and served as sandwiches or on platters. Sides include baked beans, french fries and coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Thu.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Crescent City BBQ
1201 S. Rampart St., (504) 558-4276; www.centralcitybbq.com
Platters with meats such as pulled pork, chicken or brisket burnt ends come with pickles, onion and two sides. The Tiger Bite sandwich is filled with brisket and caramelized onions and comes with a side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. Credit cards. $$

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 518-5952; 6005 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 224-6810; 61103 Airport Road, Slidell, (985) 720-0070; 69292 Highway 21, Suite 300, Covington, (985) 871-2225; www.dickeys.com
The Big Barbecue sandwich offers a choice of meat topped with pickles, onions and barbecue sauce. Barbecue sliders can be filled with beef brisket, chicken, sausage or pulled pork. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Frey Smoked Meat Co.
4141 Bienville St., Suite 110, (504) 488-7427; www.freysmokedmeat.com
Chef Ray Gruezke's barbecue restaurant serves brisket, pulled pork, beef ribs, pork ribs, sausages, smoked chicken and more. Sides include spicy charred cabbage coleslaw, pimiento macaroni and cheese, french fries and baked beans with bacon. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Hillbilly Bar-B-Q
2317 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-1508; www.hillbillybbq.com
The Super Stuffed Tater is a large potato with smoked beef, pork or chicken, butter, cheese, bacon, chives and sour cream. Baby back ribs are dry rubbed with house seasoning and served with house sauces and sides. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

The Joint
701 Mazant St., (504) 949-3232; www.alwayssmokin.com
The menu includes brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, sausage and chicken. House-made pastrami is dressed with spicy mustard and coleslaw and served on rye bread. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

LA Smokehouse
8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 103, (504) 265-8905; www.lasmokehouse.com
The classic barbecue sandwich features a choice of smoked meat, toasted kaiser roll, house barbecue sauce and sweet pickled pepper coleslaw. The Southern barbecue grits and grillades bowl includes a choice of meat, sweet and spicy barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, fried onions and fried okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Moe's Original Bar B Que
3150 Calhoun St., (504) 301-3790; www.moesoriginalbbq.com
The 'Bama-style pork sandwich features pulled pork, marinated slaw, pickles and red and white barbecue sauces and comes with two sides and a drink. The smoked half-chicken platter includes half a dry-rubbed chicken, red and white sauces, pickles, two sides and a drink. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

Saucy's
4200 Magazine St., (504) 301-2755; www.saucysnola.com
The two-meat combo plate includes a choice of meats (beef brisket, ribs, pulled pork, alligator sausage, boudin or grilled chicken), sides (goat cheese and macaroni, smoked beans, potato salad, coleslaw or grilled asparagus) and house Fantasy sauce or other sauces. The Smokeout burger is topped with smoked Gouda and comes dressed with Creole chipotle mayonnaise on a toasted brioche bun. Delivery available. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch daily, Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Smoke BBQ
1005 N. Collins Blvd., Covington, (985) 302-5307; www.smokebbqcovington.com
The Smokewich is a Wednesday special featuring smoked brisket, house-made hot sausage and pimiento cheese on Weiss Guys Bakery bread. Smoke fries are hand-cut fries topped with burnt brisket ends, smoked cheddar, house white sauce and green onions. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

Sweet Daddy's BBQ
420 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 898-2166; www.sweetdaddysbarbq.com
The pork taco special features two soft tacos dressed with chipotle mayonnaise, cheese and sour cream. Black Angus beef brisket is smoked over pecan wood for 14 hours and served with a choice of two sides, including jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, baked beans and fried okra. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

VooDoo BBQ & Grill
Citywide; www.voodoobbq.com
The Carnival platter includes barbecued pork, chicken, sausage and brisket with house sauces and two side items. The barbecue-stuffed baked potato is loaded with butter, cheese, sour cream, green onions and a choice of pork, brisket or smoked chicken. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $



African | American | Bar & Grill | Barbecue
Brewpub | Burgers | Cafe | Cajun | Caribbean/Cuban
Chinese | Coffee & Dessert | Contemporary | Creole
Deli | Diner | Fondue | French | Indian/Pakistani | Irish
Italian | Japanese/Sushi | Juice Bar | Korean | Latin American
Louisiana Contemporary | Mediterranean/Middle Eastern | Mexican
Music & Food | Neighborhood | Pan-Asian | Pizza | Sandwiches & Po-boys
Seafood | Steakhouse | Tapas/Spanish | Thai | Vietnamese

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