BBQ Restaurants in Gaston County

One of the most passionate debates you’ll ever witness (that isn’t over politics or religion) is about barbecue! That’s no different here in Gaston County, NC. With numerous options countywide and new spots opening there is no shortage of choices.

Our resident foodie extraordinaire J. Scott Wilson (also from the Mondo & Lodi food blog) sums it up well:

“The landscape of Gaston County barbecue ranges from longtime neighborhood favorites like Ray’s Smokehouse and Kyle Fletcher’s to shiny newcomers like RayNathan’s and (coming soon) The Smoke Pit. But they’ve all got one thing in common: The meat is FAR more important than the surroundings, the service or the side dishes.

Of course, pork ‘cue is king, served in every place with a trace of woodsmoke circling around the back door, but you can also find Texas-worthy brisket, outstanding ribs and various birds that have spent quality time in a smoker. You might get the luxury of sitting at a table to eat, or you might take it back to your car and devour it there. The strong-willed will take it home, but not without sneaking a hush puppy or two out of the bag.

There’s a lot of history in some of the places. People remember their parents and grandparents eating at RO’s Barbecue, and our love for our chosen ‘cue joints is akin to the allegiance given to fish camps. If you’re going to malign someone’s favorite barbecue place, be prepared for a “discussion” that will likely get very loud and strident.

From Bridges in Shelby to Peace ‘N Hominy in Belmont, this area is rife with great barbecue, and here on Gaston Eats we aim to give you all the info you’ll need to make smart dining choices!”

Who has the best barbecue in Gaston County?

Vote for your favorite and then browse our directory of locally-owned Gaston County barbecue restaurants. You can read reviews and rate/review them as well. Be sure to comment at the bottom of the page and let us know your thoughts!


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4571 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056, USA
R.O.'s Bar-B-Cue
R.O.'s Bar-B-Cue
R.O.'s Bar-B-Cue
1318 Gaston Ave, Gastonia, NC, 28052
421 Cox Rd, Gastonia, NC 28054, USA
Ray's Smokehouse in Gastonia, NC
Ray's Smokehouse in Gastonia, NC
Ray's Smokehouse in Gastonia, NC
Ray's Smokehouse in Gastonia, NC
Ray's Smokehouse in Gastonia, NC
 1/2 pound cheeseburger with Mustard Chili ,Onions and cole slaw
Rib plate with hand cut fries and baked beans
Brisket sandwich and onion rings
219 S Broad St, Gastonia, NC, 28052
5.00 (4 reviews)
4507 Wilkinson Blvd, Lowell, NC, United States
Ole Carolina BBQ
Ole Carolina BBQ
Ole Carolina BBQ
Ole Carolina BBQ
5.00 (1 review)
1011 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC, 28054
1127 W. Charlotte Ave. Mount Holly, NC 28120
2902 York Hwy, Gastonia, NC, 28052
Buddy's BBQ
Buddy's BBQ
Buddy's BBQ
Buddy's BBQ
Buddy's BBQ
5945 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont, NC, 28012
4.50 (1 review)
305 S Main St, Lowell, NC 28098, USA
621 Athenia Place, Bessemer City, NC 28016, USA
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