You asked for it, here they are…your favorite BBQ Spots in Sonoma County.
What did we miss? Add your comments below…
Caution – don’t use the map to find Jaded Toad or you will end up in Massachusetts!
Which of these serve clean, local meat? Pasture/organic feed, no antibiotics or factory farms?
Why am I ‘unimpressed’? You completely missed the new place in Windsor.
Perhaps it’s too new to be added, but you wrote about it in your blog already.
I’m fixing it now. I haven’t circled back in a few weeks. I’m adding hambruger ranch and Pack Jack’s.
Seriously…. HAMBURGER RANCH!!!! How could anyone even discuss Sonoma County BBQ without this place being at the TOP of the list???
yes, okay okay!
Went to the BBQ spot. Briquette was dry and bland, the “Homemade” mac and cheese was bad and the coke was even flat. The best thing about the place was the hot bbq sauce, and the meat was tender. I have yet to find a good BBQ place in norcal.
had a seriously bad lunch at BBQ Smokehouse today. we ordered the 3 meat combo to go — and can u imagine, the brisket was wrapped and HEATED in plastic wrap, so it tasted like — plastic wrap, natch! the pulled pork was dried up, the ribs just barely ok. beans full of black pepper, the tiny bit of coleslaw a sorry mess. cornbread too fluffy for our tastes. most of it went into the trash — but well, at least it was expensive!! don’t bother to eat here, people.
Pack Jacks is coming back soon.
Waiting for Pack Jacks is like waiting for Godot. I have been driving past there for years hoping for them to reopen. I miss their hot links with hot sauce. The outside of the building has been done for a long time, but it seems like nothing is happening inside.
If i hear that Pack Jacks is coming back anytime soon again, i’m going to cry. I’ve been out there so many times, chasing my tail. I’ll believe it when I see it.
I should have believed Z. Too many burns. But folks, it’s open. Weekends only right now.
can anybody tell me if Busters in calistoga has different people running it? thanks
BubbaQue is GREAT!!! I’m not usually a bbq chicken guy but they made it excellent there. A+ in my book.
As long as Calistoga is on the list, you have to add
Red Rock Cafe (the restaurant) and Back Door BBQ
(take out from the back door) at 1010 Lincoln Ave.,
in Napa. Yummy tri-tip, brisket and ribs. Love the
sauce and the coleslaw too. Still looking for a
place that serves burnt ends on white loaf
bread like they do in Kansas City. … With “gravy”
(BBQ sauce) on the side so it doesn’t interfere
with the smoky goodness of the low and slow
heat in the meat.
Sorry meant it deserves to be on the list. I had lunch there last week and enjoyed the funky dining area and good food.
Yes I think the Barbecue spot should be on the list.
The BBQ Spot is not good, I gave it two trys and both times service was so-so and meat was way dry
Neither Sweet T’s not The Barbecue Spot serve hot links, which should relegate them to the junior league (although the ribs at the Barbecue Spot are excellent, as is the brisket at Sweet T’s–at least until they stopped serving the hot barbecue sauce and replaced it with spicy ketchup). Sorry to see the Colibri didn’t make the list. I eat at all the local ‘cue joints, from the He’BaG and Buster’s to the Smokehouse and Lombardi’s (meh) and theirs is the most consistently tasty. Admittedly, they don’t have quite the cachet of the more press-friendly joints ’round these parts but when I’m within hailing distance with even the slightest hunger pang, I’m there.
I’ve heard good things about Colibri, but haven’t gone — mostly because i tend to hit the new stuff and sometimes don’t get around to the older spots. Good call. I’ll check it out.
Yep, I’ll add it soon.
Hello! I know its just north of your map but it is in Sonoma County
HAMBURGER RANCH!! Probably one of the best in my book!! Add it to the list!
I am glad to see Buster’s listed because I think it’s really great there (with one warning: the sauce can be ordered hot or regular. I do not recommend hot).
Sweet T’s?!?! Really? That place is TERRIBLE! The brisket is WAY too fatty, the boiled peanuts are hit and miss on availability (along with a number of other menu items), and the corn bread is terrible. You want good Southern food? Go to the South.
Instead of saying “Go to the South”, how about you suggest some other place that is within driving distance.
Pack Jack’s is your best bet… The owner is actually from the South andvknows what he’s doing. No faux-Q!
What about Real Food BBQ on Bodega Highway as you drive out of Sebastopol on the way to the coast? That place is AMAZING and you’ve written about it in your blog! http://www.biteclubeats.com/2011/05/real-food-bbq.html
Leaving out Real Food BBQ on Bodega Highway is leaving out the best basic, no frills BBQ there is. As a brisket fan I love this place even tho I’d like to see some improvements in where you sit, real plates instead what are really to-go containers. But the food is the best BBQ around. BBQ Smokehouse’s brisket is usually dry and no where close to tender. Real Food BBQ is the west county BBQ go to place.
I feel compelled to caution people regarding Fremont Diner. It was awful, even allowing for it being a roadside diner. Dozens of dead flies everywhere. Cold, unremarkable food, forgotten order, and the busboy reached across us AS WE ATE to replenish the forks supply. The bathroom floor was overflowing with discarded waste and had no toilet paper, no paper towels, and no soap! God only knows what the kitchen is like. It was without question the grossest “dining” experience of my life. BEWARE!
It sounds like you may have hit them on a very bad day. I have an nothing but good experiences at the Fremont Diner. Service has always been pleasant, the bathroom always clean, and flies are a given where there is food. I would much rather have a dead fly on the ground, then an alive one in my food!I am sorry to hear you had a different experience than our numerous visits.
I’m with you, TD. I’ve heard others have had kind of unspectacular experiences there, but the four times I’ve been, they’ve all been terrific. I will say the service is pretty casual, and often times the kitchen is very very busy. I’ve never hit the bathroom there, but i know its like outside and around the corner. May be a little funky. Expectations should be pretty managed, though — it’s a roadside diner.
Me three. I’ve been to the Fremont Diner a few times (for breakfast, though… not BBQ), and have been consistently wowed by the incredible food and friendly service. Alexa, please consider giving them a second chance.
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