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The Best BBQ Restaurants in Central CT: A Meat Lover’s Paradise

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The Best BBQ in Central CT

If you’re a fan of finger-licking, lip-smacking, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue, Central CT has some hidden gems that will satisfy your cravings. From tender brisket to smoky burnt ends, and everything in between, these BBQ restaurants will leave you coming back for more. Join me as we explore the top BBQ spots in Central CT that are guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

Smokin' With Chris

Located in Southington, Smokin’ With Chris is a must-visit BBQ joint that offers an unforgettable dining experience. The aroma of smoldering wood and sizzling meat greets you as you walk in the door. The brisket here is a guilty pleasure of mine, perfectly cooked to achieve that coveted melt-in-your-mouth texture. Pair it with their rich and creamy mac n cheese for the ultimate indulgence. With a full menu, a well-stocked bar, a great atmosphere, and friendly staff, Smokin’ With Chris is a true BBQ haven.


Address: 59 W Center St Southington CT


Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues – Sat: 11:30AM – 8PM, Sun: 12PM – 6PM

Bear's Smokehouse Barbecue

Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue has made a name for itself in the BBQ scene, with locations in Hartford, Windsor, and New Haven. Each location offers its unique ambiance, but all provide the same exceptional food. One of my go-to meals here is their mouthwatering burnt ends, packed with flavor and smokiness. If you’re looking for a casual dining experience, head over to their Hartford location. For a great hangout spot, the Windsor or New Haven locations are perfect choices. Whichever location you visit, you’re guaranteed a fantastic BBQ feast.

Location: 25 Front St Hartford, CT 

Hours: Sun- Wed: 11AM -8PM, Thurs – Sat: 11AM – 10PM


Location: 2152 Poquonock Ave Windsor, CT

Hours: Sun- Wed: 11AM -8PM, Thurs – Sat: 11AM – 10PM


Location: 470 James St New Haven, CT

Hours:  Sun- Wed: 11AM -8PM, Thurs – Sat: 11AM – 10PM

Hindsight BBQ

Hindsight BBQ in Waterbury offers a rustic and traditional atmosphere that transports you to the heart of the South. The diverse menu has something for everyone, from succulent wings to flavorful sausages, turkey, empanadas, and sandwiches. The authenticity and attention to detail in their cooking will leave you feeling like you’re in barbecue heaven. Whether you’re a BBQ connoisseur or a first-timer, Hindsight BBQ guarantees a memorable and satisfying experience.


Location: 1503 Thomaston Ave Waterbury, CT 

Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues – Thurs: 11AM – 9PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM – 9:30PM, Sun: 11AM – 8PM

Mission BBQ

For a casual and patriotic experience, Mission BBQ in Southington is the place to be. As soon as you step inside, the lively atmosphere and the scent of barbecued goodness will grab your attention. With ten tantalizing sauces to choose from, you can customize your meal to suit your taste. My personal favorite is their Smoky Mountain Sauce, a perfect blend of smoky and tangy flavors. Whether you’re craving ribs, pulled pork, or chicken, Mission BBQ has you covered.


Location: 785 Queen St Southington, CT 06489

Hours: Mon- Sat: 11AM – 9PM Sun: 11:30AM – 8PM

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Gather your friends, bring your appetite, and embark on a BBQ journey through Central CT that will leave you craving more!

Nichole Morrell

Nichole Morrell

Hey Central CT! I'm Nichole Morrell, a REALTOR at Turning Point Realty, LLC and a Bristol, CT native and current resident. I have a lot of knowledge about this amazing community and the surrounding towns and cities so if you live in the Central CT area or are thinking of moving here, you have come to the right place! Stay up to date with me on the latest Events, Restaurants, Outdoor Activities, Real Estate trends and more!
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