Take a seat, grab a napkin, and get ready to enjoy some top-notch barbecue in St. Charles. Fire up your appetite and savor the taste of barbecue staples such as brisket, smoked wings, and pulled pork at these must-visit BBQ joints in town. Many serve St. Louis-style barbecue that has a tomato-based sauce with a hint of sweetness. No matter how you spell it – barbecue, BBQ, or barbeque – you’re in for a treat. Explore the list below for your next tasty barbecue outing.


Salt + Smoke

Salt + Smoke

Salt + Smoke’s bright yellow umbrellas in the heart of South Main Street are hard to miss. Known for their plates with a “bestie combo” and their award-winning brisket, Salt + Smoke has a loyal local and visitor following. Grab a seat inside or out on their patio that overlooks St. Charles’ Main Street and enjoy a hearty meal.



New Town’s barbecue joint, BobaQue, offers a mix of barbecue staples and smoked meats. Their mouth-watering menu includes rotating specials that will make you drool. Enjoy a good, albeit messy (but when is good barbecue ever neat and tidy?) from this to-go only restaurant. 


Hendrick's BBQ

Hendricks BBQ

Get barbecue any way you like at Hendricks BBQ. Whether that’s on a quesadilla, nachos, a big barbecue platter, a tasty sandwich, or a burger, they can do it. The rustic décor, huge skylights, and large outdoor patio overlooking the Katy Trail gives Hendricks BBQ a classic country vibe, right in historic St. Charles.


Big Woody’s BBQ

Big Woody’s BBQ is famous for their two pound pork steak and Hog Balls. They aren’t what you think – they’re buttermilk hushpuppies with pork, sharp cheddar, bacon, and onions mixed inside. They smoke their meats fresh daily and have a menu full of barbecue favorites including their signature sandwiches.



Sugarfire Smokehouse

Sugarfire Smokehouse’s award-winning barbecue is hard to beat (even The New York Times and rapper Snoop Dogg agree). Their floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling mural, and overall retro vibes make for an eclectic atmosphere to enjoy some barbecue. They’re known for the classics and their specials that include the brisket cheesesteak and fried green tomato sandwich. Can’t decide what to get? Try all the barbecue staples with their “plate of all plates”: The Meat Daddy.