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Where to Find the Best BBQ in Saratoga and the Capital Region

Whether you're a fan of ribs or brisket, sauce or no sauce, you can find all kinds of delicious barbecue at restaurants throughout Saratoga and the Capital Region. To help you pick out one to visit, we've highlighted 6 of the best BBQ places below and described what makes each one unique.

Get Your BBQ Fix at These Spa City Restaurants

Dizzy Chicken: Barbecue Entrees & Sandwiches With a Fresh Twist

two halves of a brisket panini

Conveniently located in downtown Saratoga Springs, Dizzy Chicken is a local barbecue restaurant that prides itself on using nothing but the freshest raw ingredients and making everything in house. Their wood burning rotisserie allows them to add a natural hint of smoke to the food that will make your mouth water. Try the Dizzy Chicken or pulled pork panini for lunch, or fill up on St. Louis ribs and smoked meatloaf for dinner.

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Kaleidoscope Cafe: Your Go-To Place for a Backyard BBQ Experience

bbq ribs and sides

Since opening at the start of 2020, Kaleidoscope Cafe in Saratoga Springs has continued to satisfy customers' cravings for both home-style barbecue and creamy ice cream. Their specialties include small-batch BBQ ribs and brisket that's smoked just for you. You can eat indoors, dine at a picnic table (open seasonally) for a backyard BBQ experience, or order takeout. They can cook, vacuum seal, and freeze the food for you to heat up and enjoy at home.

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The Kettle Restaurant: From Breakfast to Barbecue, You Can Feast on It All

a pulled pork sandwich and sides

While some know about The Kettle Restaurant for their excellent breakfast, they also offer a full selection of barbecue items, such as smoked beef brisket that's been brined all day, St. Louis cut ribs with a hickory smoke flavor, and tender pulled pork with homemade sauce. The Kettle is a family-owned and operated restaurant, and they are ready to treat your family to an incredible meal. Check out their website for the latest hours of operation.

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Hit the Road for Some of the Best BBQ Near Saratoga

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: For Finger-Licking Goodness

close up view of BBQ ribs

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Troy is a lively dining destination that has earned a reputation as a must-visit spot for barbecue enthusiasts. Their menu features an array of mouthwatering BBQ dishes, from tender and smoky ribs to pulled pork and brisket. They also offer a diverse selection of sides and appetizers that perfectly complement the main courses, like their mac and cheese, cornbread, and simmered greens.

Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ: Phenomenal Food for Every Barbecue Lover

plate of bbq food

Lake George is always worth the drive, but if you're craving delicious barbecue while in the area, the Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ is the place to be. With over 25 years of smokin' and sauce slingin' under their belt, this restaurant treats barbecue with the respect it deserves. You'll find a variety of great options on the menu, including smoked beef brisket, smoked sausage, sizzling jumbo shrimp with BBQ sauce, and more.

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Rollin' Smoke: Where Smoking Isn't Such a Bad Thing

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Rollin' Smoke has been open since 2019 and serves nothing but the best to its customers. They have their own food truck which brings an authentic and rich experience with BBQ flavors.

If going to a restaurant is more of your style, they have a location in Clifton Park. According to a reviewer, it was the, "best brisket I've ever had in New York." I don't think it needs more convincing than that!

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