With Memorial Day weekend approaching, whether you want to pick up the BBQ and support local business or BBQ yourself, there are plenty of options in Oakland and beyond you should consider.
Photo E&J BBQ
A long-standing institution in Oakland, Everett & Jones offers a variety of BBQ meats, including ribs, chicken, and links. They are known for their flavorful sauces and generous portions. Everett and Jones have several locations in Oakland, Berkeley, and Hayward.
Photo Smokin ‘ Woods BBQ
This family-owned BBQ joint serves up delicious smoked meats with a variety of homemade sauces. Their menu includes brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and chicken, all cooked low and slow.
Photo Carolyn Fong for The New York Times
Horn Barbecue on Mandela Parkway is well worth a mention. They specialize in Central Texas-style BBQ and are renowned for their mouth-watering brisket, sausages, and delicious sides. The New York Times states, “Mr. Horn is doing right by that Central Texas-style brisket, which peaks in the moments just after it’s cut when the meat is still supple and sticky.”
Photo Vegan Mob
Want BBQ but also vegan? Vegan Mob is your solution. Located by Lake Merritt. Vegan Mob gained popularity for its vegan versions of dishes like barbecue ribs, chicken and waffles, mac and cheese, and more. The restaurant aims to make vegan food accessible and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their dietary preferences.
Photo Terry Black’s Barbecue
Wanting to BBQ yourself? Order from Terry Black’s in Austin on Goldbelly.com. Easy to warm up. The taste of Mesquite Wood does taste just like it does in Austin. Don’t forget the chill. Best chili ever! (also great during football season).
Each offers its unique spin on smoked meats, and you can’t go wrong with any of them!