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The Best BBQ Restaurants in Sonoma County

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Hot summer weather is on the horizon, which means it’s time to catch some rays and feast on great barbecue. Sonoma County is no stranger to grilling up succulent meats for its foodie residents, so one doesn’t need to travel down to Texas for wholesome southern barbecue and comfort food. Check out our gallery to discover the best barbecue joints the county has to offer for the most devout meat-lovers.

Sweet T’s Restaurant + Bar, Windsor

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Heather Irwin

Sweet T’s continues to serve up the southern comfort food locals love. Aside from their acclaimed fried chicken and Mississippi mud pie, you can’t go wrong with one of Sweet T’s barbecue plates, such as the smoked tri-tip plate with fried okra, black-eyed peas and biscuits. 9098 Brooks Road S., Windsor, 707-687-5185

Butcher Crown Roadhouse, Petaluma

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Serving up barbecued comfort food with a Latin American twist, this roadhouse blends flavors and ingredients that locals can’t get enough of. The burgers and Bodega Bowls are unique and packed with flavor, but you can really never go wrong with the street tacos, such as the smoked tri-tip and chorizo tacos with sweet potato and crumbled goat cheese. 1905 Bodega Ave., Petaluma, 707-559-3735

Lombardi’s Gourmet Deli & BBQ, Petaluma

Family-owned and operated for nearly 20 years, Lombardi's has long been a go-to spot for locals to gather provisions for picnics or cater family functions. From tender, dry-rubbed baby back ribs and flavorful barbecued oysters to gourmet deli sandwiches and fresh salads, Lombardi's barbecue catering is perfect for summertime events. 3413 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, 707-773-1271

KINSmoke, Healdsburg

Southern meets western-style barbecue at KINSmoke, where grilling and smoking tender meats is elevated to an art form. With its finger-licking good St. Louis-style pork ribs, succulent pulled pork and brisket sandwich, and sweet cornbread muffins, it’s easy to see why KINSmoke consistently gets rave reviews. 304 Center St., Healdsburg, 707-473-8440

Hamburger Ranch & BBQ, Cloverdale

Renowned throughout the region for its award-winning barbecue, Hamburger Ranch & BBQ has become a staple among locals and travelers alike for its slow-cooked and succulent chicken, brisket, pulled pork and baby back ribs. 31195 N. Redwood Highway, Cloverdale, 707-894-5616

Cochon Volant BBQ Smokehouse, Sonoma

Recognized for the flying metal pig atop its building and a feature in a meaty episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, this Sonoma smokehouse offers scrumptious slow-smoked barbecue, like the pork shoulder and 14-hour beef brisket topped onto their WTF (What the Fieri) Burger. 18350 Sonoma Highway, Sonoma, 707-509-5480

Smokehouse Bistro, Sebastopol

What happens when a classically trained French chef uses southern slow-smoked barbecue techniques? You get the rich and savory creations of Sebastopol’s Smokehouse Bistro, including the Memphis-style barbecue pork ribs that fall off the bone and the 12-hour smoked North Carolina pulled pork. 6811 Laguna Park Way, Sebastopol, 707-575-3277

Ginochio’s Kitchen, Bodega Bay

bbq spread on dining tableFrom the striking views of the bay to the family-style Italian cooking, Ginochino’s offers a little something different than most barbecue spots, including their homemade ravioli and famous caramel bacon monkey bread in addition to their tender and juicy smoked beef brisket. 1410 Bay Flat Road, Bodega Bay, 707-377-4359

Red Bee BBQ, Santa Rosa and Windsor

Few, if any, places in Sonoma County offer Asian barbecue fusion the way Red Bee BBQ does, with meaty dishes like the St. Louis-style ribs, glazed barbecue chicken and the juicy pork shoulder cooked in a tangy Asian marinade. 750 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, 707-541-6536, and 8970 Brooks Road S., Windsor, 707-836-4099

Canevari’s Delicatessen, Santa Rosa

This quaint, old-school Italian deli on the corner is the best place to grab a gourmet sandwich for lunch (the tri-tip sandwich with dijon aioli is a favorite) and pick up homemade ravioli and sauce in bulk — but Canevari’s also offers fresh-off-the-grill barbecued meats, like the juicy Italian sausage and the tender tri-tip that never disappoints. 695 Lewis Road, Santa Rosa, 707-545-6941

Camacho’s Southern Style BBQ

Seriously spectacular mobile bbq. You can find them frequently at local tap rooms around Santa Rosa.

Jaded Toad, Cotati

A great location for tri-tip baby back ribs, chicken, linguica sausage and 'que sides in a family-friendly atmosphere. 500 E. Cotati Ave., Cotati, 707-242-3383


By: Maci Martell

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