Our Favorite Barbecue Joints On National Barbecue Day

YEW Staff
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Sure, Memorial Day is right around the corner, but we’re claiming today, May 16th, National Barbecue Day, as the unofficial start of summer. Now, if you’re not ready to bust out the Weber on this meat-lover’s holiday, we understand — so, here are five joints serving some of the best barbecue in San Diego according to your homies at YEW!


2625 Lemon Grove Ave. Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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For a genuine Southern dining experience, check out Coop’s West Texas BBQ in Lemon Grove. Piles of Texas-style BBQ including ribs, brisket and jerk chicken served with homestyle side dishes. No frills, no thrills, just great food at great prices in a chill environment.


1520 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

Iron Pig is worth the trip to P.B.  A pseudo-upscale BBQ house on Garnet Avenue, the head chef hails from El Paso, TX and serves some of the best authentic slow cooked, smoked barbecue, side dishes, and homemade sauces this side of the Lone Star state. Also, being an alehouse, expect a killer beer list.


207 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

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That Boy Good is an old Southern slang term for good food and music and that’s exactly what you get when you visit the rustic eatery in Oceanside. Offering classic Southern BBQ & COLD BEER, That Boy Good is also known for their dirty fries, french fries topped with coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese sauce, pulled pork, and diced jalapeños.


3302 32nd St, San Diego, CA 92104

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Hailed as San Diego’s best barbecue spot since opening three years ago, Grand Ole BBQ Y Asado serves kick-ass Central Texas-style BBQ and Argentinean grilled meats in a relaxed outdoor space in South Park. Even cooler, they just started construction on Grand Ole BBQ – Flinn Springs. A small community in El Cajon, the new location will serve BBQ, steaks, burgers, chili, pies,  and tons of beer and cocktails with live music, horseshoes, and indoor and outdoor seating. Opening this summer.


8910 Troy St. Spring Valley, CA 91977

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Laid-back sports bar & BBQ restaurant in Spring Valley recognized for their slow smoked Pork Ribs, BBQ Wedding Beans, “Wicked” Peach Cobbler, California Tri-Tip dishes, and their epic weekend BBQ Brunch. Bonus, they are pet-friendly and the owners host a killer podcast, Behind The Smoke: BBQ War Stories.

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