When you think about all of the great cuisines that Sarasota has to offer, BBQ may not be on top of your list. However, there are some great restaurants that serve up BBQ that could rival just about any other place in the U.S. If your tastebuds are looking for something different than seafood day after day, try these top places for mouthwatering BBQ in Sarasota.
Address: 19 East Road, Sarasota, FL 34240
Phone: (941) 312-5969
This is where classic BBQ meets old Florida. Stottlemyer’s is famous for its open tiki bar, live music, and delicious slow-cooked meats like brisket, tender ribs, pulled pork, fried chicken, BBQ sandwiches, PO-boys, and more. Their authentic southern pecan-smoked BBQ has a distinctive flavor and is some of the best around.
Address: 3877 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 263-1292
After 40 years in business, Alday’s knows a thing or two about BBQ. Family-owned and operated, Alday’s is a no-frills establishment that is big on taste. Their southern “cracker” style BBQ dipped in tangy mustard sauce is a real treat. Everything on their menu, ribs, chicken, pork, and salmon, is cooked to perfection. They also have a good variety of sides. Don’t leave without trying their banana pudding!
Address: 301 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 366-2271
It took years for owner Nancy Krohngold to perfect her secret 14-ingredient dry rub recipe for pork shoulder, but it was worth it. It then slow cooks for 15 hours or more before she serves it up to her hungry customers. This cafeteria-style restaurant is a family-friendly place with picnic tables. If you love North Carolina BBQ, look no further than Nancy’s BBQ.
Address: 1528 State Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 993-1435
Brick’s is where Texas BBQ meets Florida flair. They serve up smoked meats inspired by the traditional Texas “low & slow” way of cooking and a touch of Sarasota style. They are known for their 18-hour USDA prime brisket, made with just wood, smoke, and time. They also serve elevated side dishes, fresh salads, hand-cut steaks, and chops. On the weekends, try their brunch.
Ripfire Pizza & BBQ
Address: 5218 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34242
Phone: (941) 313-7511
Conveniently located in Siesta Key, Ripfire serves up one of Florida's best pulled pork platters. They offer casual indoor and outdoor dining. While many come for their pizza, the locals swear by the BBQ pulled pork platter.
BBQ is the closest we can get to our pioneer heritage without actually riding off into the sunset. Perhaps that is why Americans love their BBQ. Any month of the year, we can get that special craving for smoked meats slathered with a variety of BBQ sauces, and we know we are in for a treat. If you are vacationing in Sarasota, just know that there are a variety of great options to satisfy any appetite.