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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 8 of the best BBQ places below and described what makes each one unique.

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PJ's BAR-B-QSA: Enjoy a Taste of Popular Barbecue From Across America

bbq meat and corn bread, onion rings, sides, and a drink

How would you like to sink your teeth into Texas beef brisket, Kansas City ribs, North Carolina pulled pork, and other popular American barbecue fare all in one place? You can - at PJ's BAR-B-QSA in Saratoga Springs. As the name implies, this restaurant is serving up the best barbecue from different regions of the USA, and the owners have worked hard to ensure it's authentic and flavorful.

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Dizzy Chicken: Barbecue Entrees & Sandwiches With a Fresh Twist

two halves of a brisket panini

Conveniently located in downtown Saratoga, 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'll 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

Warehouse Grill & BBQ: Where the Meat Is Smoked to Perfection

three plates of food on a table in a restaurant

Warehouse Grill & BBQ is a true mom and pop operation in Albany where the barbecue is cooked low and slow to perfection. This casual restaurant opened in 2016, and they lean toward the Kansas City-style of barbecue. You'll definitely want to try the beef brisket platter, the pulled pork platter, or the Warehouse BBQ "combo" platter - all of which come with fresh baked cornbread and two sides.

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Iron Works Grill: For Fall-Off-the-Bone Ribs & Mouthwatering Fare

platter of ribs, macaroni salad, and sides

The experienced pitmasters at Iron Works Grill in Troy know how to cook good old comfort food and some of the tastiest barbecue you've ever had. Their tender ribs are slow smoked and glazed with Iron Works' own sauce, and the brisket features that sticky, candy-like exterior BBQ fans can't get enough of. Pair your meal with the BBQ rice, the BBQ baked beans, or the collard greens for a perfect meal.

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Wagon Train BBQ: Saddle Up & Take Your Taste Buds on a Savory Journey

chicken and bbq meat on a plate with a bowl of baked beans

Editor's Note (4/19/2021): Please note that Wagon Train BBQ is open for takeout, delivery, and patio dining.

The Wild West meets classic barbecue fare at Wagon Train BBQ, located just 10 minutes outside of downtown Schenectady. As you pull up to the restaurant and see the old covered wagon and western decor on the lawn, you know you're in for a memorable experience. Wagon Train BBQ serves a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, barbecue combo meals, and more. We recommend the BBQ loin back ribs, which can come without sauce, with the restaurant's signature sauce, or with a little extra spice.

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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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