The Best Barbecue On This Side Of The Rio Grande

Albuquerque has some great food, including barbecue – hit these restaurants to satisfy your saucy cravings!

The Best Barbecue On This Side Of The Rio Grande

Mr. Powdrell’s

Owned by a couple from New Orleans, Mr. Powdrell’s brought amazing Southern barbecue to the Southwest, along with a few other classic Southern dishes.  The ribs are slow-cooked to perfection, so tender that they simply fall off the bone and saucy enough to make the mess that signifies good barbecue.  Pair them with fried okra and corn on the cob, and take home an order of fried catfish – plus a quart of sauce so that you can make your own barbecue!

Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ

Enjoy Kimo’s Hawaiian twist on barbecue.  Their huli huli chicken is smothered in a sweet and tangy sauce and goes perfectly with fried rice.  The sauce is brighter than traditional barbecue, making it a perfect match for the New Mexico heat, while still being hearty and comforting.

Nexus Smokehouse

Nexus specializes in simple, family-style barbecue that’s perfect to take to a picnic in the park.  The spread includes brisket, ribs, and burnt ends, as well as some sides, such as their excellent baked beans or creamy macaroni and cheese.  While you eat, enjoy a refreshing beer from their brewery.

Whole Hog Cafe

This small place focuses on Memphis barbecue, and delivers on that iconic flavor.  Get the pulled pork nachos for a perfect meld of Southern and New Mexican cuisine, and pair it with a baked potato and bright cucumber salad.  Once you’ve tasted how great their sauce is, you can pick up some to take home!

Enjoy some great barbecue in Albuquerque!